In a pretty devastating turn of events, Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich has reportedly thrown out most, if not all, of Kesha‘s case against alleged abuser, Dr Luke. The ongoing saga has been in place in an attempt to free her from her recording contract, which she believes either binds her to Dr Luke or ruins her career. She claimed that Dr Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) raped her twice, verbally abused her and caused her to develop an eating disorder.
The grounds for throwing the case our, according to USA Today, are a massive slap in the face not only to Kesha, but the legal system and rape survivors everywhere. One reason is that the alleged rapes happened outside the 5-year time frame (in an aeroplane in 2005 and in a hotel in 2008), and the other reason is that they both happened outside New York.
Furthermore, Kornreich had some words for Kesha’s recent claims that she is being treated like a slave, by simply saying, “Slavery has been outlawed since the 19th century,” as well as tackling Kesha’s description of these rapes as gender hate crimes.
“Although [Dr. Luke’s] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, [her claims] do no allege that [Luke] harboured animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha.
Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”
Kesha is yet to respond to this tragic turn of events. Considering there were rumours about Sony dropping Dr Luke because of allegations from Kelly Clarkson as well, this can only come as a harsh blow to her fading resilience. Our thoughts are with her, and all rape survivors at this time.
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