Court denies Kesha’s appeal to nullify recording contract
A May 29 New York court decision has rejected her appeal to overturn its 2017 decision to uphold the legally binding contracts. The court dismissed her appeal, which also contended that she was owed royalties and financial support for her 2017 album, Rainbow, on the grounds that her claim that Gottwald raped and emotionally abused her is, “palpably insufficient and devoid of merit.”
“You can get a divorce from an abusive spouse,” Kesha said in her proposed countersuit. “You can dissolve a partnership if the relationship becomes irreconcilable. The same opportunity — to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship — should be available to a recording artist.”
Kesha began court proceedings against Gottwald in 2014, during which she cited the “mental manipulation, emotional abuse, and sexual assault,” which she said he continuously inflicted upon her throughout their professional relationship. In response, Gottwald soon countersued her for defamation. Kesha then dropped her initial lawsuit to direct her efforts towards the defamation case, which is still ongoing.
H/T: The New York Times
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