Kesha appeared in court today for her long-awaited hearing against producer Dr. Luke, who she filed a lawsuit against in 2014 for sexual assault and battery. Earlier this week, Kesha opened up about her nerves regarding the case on Instagram and told fans that she has "nothing left to hide." Dozens of fans gathered outside the New York City courthouse this morning and welcomed Kesha as she arrived.
At court, the judge immediately addressed Kesha's preliminary injunction in which she asked to be released from her contract with Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records label, which is under Sony Records. He denied the injunction stating there is "no evidence" of Luke's abuse, according to a series of tweets from Buzzfeed News reporter Mary Georgantopoulos. Kesha's lawyer argued that the company is "setting her up to fail." In response, the judge questioned the idea that a music label as competitive as Sony would not want a financial return on their investment, according to Georgantopoulos. Sony’s lawyer added, “Our interest is in her success. Our interest in in Dr. Luke’s success. They are not in the least bit mutually exclusive.” Luke's lawyers argued that he invested $60 million in her career and that the producer had agreed to allow her to record without his involvement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The judge said that this "decimates" Kesha's argument.
Ultimately, the judge asked for more details about the alleged assaults, including where and when they happened. The verdict on the counterclaims will be determined after the lawyers file more information at a later date. Georgantopoulos’ tweets detailing Kesha's day in court are below.
Twitter has erupted in light of the judge's ruling against Kesha.