Pop singer Kesha’s ongoing legal battle against producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of rape, appears to have been derailed by a ruling Wednesday rejecting the bulk of her claim.
“Rejecting the ‘Tik Tok’ singer’s attempt to get out of her recording contract and ruling her rape and ‘hate crime’ claims against her former mentor Dr. Luke are too old and off the mark, Judge Shirley Kornreich tossed most of Kesha’s suit against Sony and the producer,” the New York Post’s Page Six reports. “Kesha tried to sever her contract after accusing Dr. Luke, whose real name is Luke Gottwald, of rape, claiming that working with Sony would force her to collaborate with her abuser like a ‘slave.’”
Kornreich ruled that Kesha’s claims that Gottwald attacked her on a plane in 2005 and again in his hotel room in 2008 surfaced too late, noting that claims must be brought within five years of an incident.
The ruling also rejects Kesha’s argument that Gottwald’s actions amount to a hate crime against women. “Although [Gottwald’s] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, [Kesha’s claims] do not allege that [Gottwald] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha,” the judge wrote.