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COURT KEEPS KESHA AT SONY

A New York Supreme Court judge  has denied a preliminary injunction to let Kesha out of her Sony Music contract. Judge Shirley Kornreich sided with Dr. Luke, whom Kesha accused of sexual abuse and harassment, and Sony regarding her contract, but reserved judgment on the abuse claims until  Kesha's camp filed more evidence.

"You're asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry," Kornreich said in her ruling. "There has been no showing of irreparable harm. She's being given opportunity to record."

A crowd of well-wishers awaited the singer as she emerged from the courtroom; she subsequently thanked them on social media.

Kesha is signed to Luke’s label Kemosabe and owes the label six more albums. Dr. Luke has said his label has invested $60m in the singer. The judge stood by Sony’s assertion that it is allowing Kesha to record with a producer other than Dr. Luke and can record without his input. 

Kesha sued Dr. Luke in October 2014 for alleged abuse a decade ago. Dr. Luke has countersued Kesha and her mother, Pebe Sebert, which is being handled separately. Kesha's lawyer Mark Geragos had asked for an injunction to free her from the contract so that she may return to recording music elsewhere.

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