Sony says it's 'legally unable to terminate' Kesha and Dr. Luke's contract

A day after Kesha released her first statement on her legal battle against former producer Dr. Luke and Sony, the record label has publicly addressed its responsibility in the case. In relation to the Feb. 19 ruling by a New York judge which denied the singer's request for a court injunction that would have allowed her to record music outside her record label, a lawyer for the company told The New York Times that Sony "is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha."

He adds that the company "is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party.” This means that the only person who has the legal right to release Kesha from her contract is Dr. Luke, a man she alleges both emotionally and sexually assaulted her over the past 10 years.

Kesha leaves the courthouse on Feb. 19. Photo: © Getty Images

Billboard reports that the "TiK ToK" singer signed a contract with Dr. Luke's company Kasz Money in 2005. Since then it has licensed Kesha's music out to Sony but still retains ownership of the material.

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The 28-year-old continues to receive an outpouring of support from her fans and celebrity friends. Lady Gaga recently visited with the singer and shared a touching photo on Instagram captioned "Free Kesha." Across the pond in England, Adele publicly declared her support for the songstress during one of her acceptance speeches at the 2016 Brit Awards.

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