Music artist Kesha took to the Internet on Sunday to add yet another chapter to the story of her legal struggle to break free of her Sony contract.
In a post on her Instagram page, Kesha delivered a surprising message that alleges conditions of a potential backroom deal regarding her freedom to record music independently.
“So. I got offered my freedom if I were to lie,” wrote Kesha. “I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH.”
Kesha doesn’t mention exactly who the deal would be with and what the specific terms would be other than those mentioned, but the inference is pretty clear to anyone who has followed the case.
” I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again,” Kesha continued.
The rape Kesha refers to is at the center of the case, as Kesha has accused Dr. Luke, the operator of Sony Music’s Kemosabe Records, to which she is signed, of rape and abuse.
Previously, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled that Kesha would be able to record music for Sony without the involvement of Dr. Luke, but the artist’s attorney nevertheless likened the arrangement to “slavery.”
Dr. Luke continues to maintain his innocence regarding the rape allegation, with a representative for the producer telling Mashable last month, “The Court repeatedly stated Kesha was already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims. That’s because all the evidence — including Kesha’s own sworn testimony – show her allegations are false.”
Kesha’s legal team is currently appealing the ruling that keeps her in the Sony contract.
UPDATED: 8:35 p.m. ET: Following Kesha’s Instagram post, Dr. Luke’s legal team gave Mashable the following statement:
“Kesha’s Instagram posting is false. The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims. That’s because all the evidence — including Kesha’s own videotaped sworn testimony — show her allegations are false. The only thing Kesha is not free to do is to continue to lie about Dr. Luke through publicity stunts and outrageous smears, ignoring the fact that by her own free will she went to work and entered new contracts with Dr. Luke years after this ‘incident’ supposedly happened. Her goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones. We look forward to our day in court holding Kesha accountable for her lies.”