A month after Kesha was denied her request to break a recording contract with Sony music producer Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald), the pop star has filed an appeal, likening the inability to release music outside of his authority to "slavery."
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In the appeal, which was obtained by E! News, her legal team states, "First, the Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald.
"Although it recognized that 'slavery was done away with a long time ago' and that '[y]ou 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," the documents state. "As the Court itself recognized, '[i]t's slavery. You can't do that.'"
Kesha cries following the February verdict. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The 29-year-old's representatives also disputed the judge's opinion that no irreparable harm had been done to her career, writing that "a young pop star's fame will fade quickly, and permanently, due to a loss of momentum."
A spokesperson for Dr. Luke has released a statement in response to the appeal, saying, "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."
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As Life & Style previously reported, Kesha asked to break ties with Sony Music Entertainment after she accused Dr. Luke of drugging and raping her in 2006, claims which he vehemently denies.
Several high-profile musicians, including Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift, have offered their support to the "Tik Tok" singer since her court appearance.
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