Kesha is appealing the February court decision that kept her locked in her contract with Sony Music and Dr. Luke, the producer she claims abused her. People reports that the singer has filed the appeal to the New York Supreme Court, and that her lawyer claims that her current situation is akin to slavery.
"Although it recognized that 'slavery was done away with a long time ago' and that '[y]ou can't can't force someone to work ... in a situation in which they don't want to work,' the Court's ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald's companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that," Kesha's lawyer, Mark Geragos, wrote in a statement. "As the Court itself recognized, '[i]t's slavery. You can't do that.'"
According to E! News, the appeal also disagrees with the judge's ruling that Kesha's career had not been harmed; the lawyer cites affidavits from people in the industry that shows that a lack of momentum can harm a pop singer's chances going forward.
Dr. Luke, who is countersuing for defamation and breach of contract, insists he never abused Kesha. His lawyer, Christine Lepera, responded to the appeal in a statement:
"The Court repeatedly stated Kesha was already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims. That's because all the evidence – including Kesha's own sworn testimony – show her allegations are false. Her attorneys can continue manufacturing even more false and outrageous claims, but the fact remains that her time would be better spent in a studio than wasting time having her lawyer and mother spin lies in the media."
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