Kesha denied release from record label contract

Kesha. Photo / Getty Images
Kesha. Photo / Getty Images

Kesha has been denied release from her Sony Music contract.

The We R Who We R hitmaker appeared in court today where she hoped to be granted an injunction so she could be released from producer Dr. Luke's record label after she claimed he sexually abused her for a number of years.

Speaking in the courtroom, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said: "You're asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry."

Commenting that Dr. Luke had invested $60 million in Kesha's career and that she had the option to record under another producer at Sony, Justice Kornreich added: "My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing."

No decisions were made about the allegations of sexual abuse, Billboard magazine reports.

Lorde, Lily Allen, and Halsey were among the pop stars who took to Twitter to share their "disgust" over the outcome of the delayed court hearing.

"standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time," Lorde wrote.

"send good vibes her way everyone", while Allen added, "My thoughts are with @KeshaRose today. I'm sorry you've had to endure this experience."

Meanwhile, angry Halsey offered, "Disgusted by anyone in power positions abusing their authority. My heart breaks for Kesha and all people affected by this toxicity. F**k... I don't even know what I would do... I only hope she can find peace and find a way to continue to create express herself without fear."

There was also support from Alessia Cara and Wale.

Kesha was also greeted by a throng of fans as she arrived at the courthouse on Friday morning. Many held placards and chanted "Free Kesha Now! Free Kesha Now!" as she prepared for her day in court.

One sobbing fans the singer comforted on the courthouse steps told Kesha, "You don't deserve this at all. It's unfair."

Meanwhile, ahead of the court hearing, the 28-year-old singer took to Instagram to insist she had "nothing left to hide".

She wrote: "I have nothing left to hide. I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. this is not just for me. this is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. sexually. emotionally. mentally.

"I had to tell the truth. so the outcome will be what it will be. there's nothing left I can do. it's just so scary to have zero control in your fate. but this is my path this life for whatever reason ... (sic)"

- Bang! Showbiz

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