Kesha fans will still be descending on Sony’s New York headquarters on Friday — but now it will be to praise the music company, not condemn it.
A planned protest for Friday is being transformed into a celebratory gathering, following TheWrap’s report that Sony is planning to sever its ties with Kesha producer Dr. Luke, who Kesha has accused of sexually abusing her.
The organizers of a Care2 petition for the “Tik Tok” singer will hold a “rally in support of Kesha and in gratitude for Sony’s decision at the company’s New York City headquarters on Friday at 2:00 p.m.,” according to a press release issued Wednesday.
“I could not be happier and applaud Sony for finally answering the calls of over 223,000 people who signed the Care2 petition urging the company to show it values the well-being of an artist over profit,” said Care2 petition organizer Michael Eisele. “We pledged not to stop fighting until Kesha was free, and Sony cutting ties with Dr. Luke means our movement has left its mark. Our Friday rally at Sony headquarters will still take place, this time as a thank-you to the company for taking the opportunity to stand with a woman who has fought so hard for her creative freedom.”
Initially, the plan was to deliver signatures from four petitions calling for Kesha’s release from her Sony contract.
Kesha is suing Dr. Luke in a lawsuit that also names Sony, alleging that the producer sexually and emotionally abused her. The producer (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) has denied the allegations.
In February, the singer was shot down in her bid to be released from her Sony contract. However, she received widespread support from fans as well as celebrities including Lady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift.
As reported by TheWrap on Wednesday, Sony is now expected to end its relationship with Gottwald a year ahead of his contract’s expiration.
“There is no contest. Kesha has no case in regards to her contract, but they can’t afford the Adeles of the world out in the streets calling the label unsupportive,” one insider told TheWrap. “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.”
It’s currently unknown how Sony intends to free itself from its relationship with Gottwald, whose contract with the company is due to expire in early 2017.