The clock is ticking on Kesha's career as long as the court bars her from recording music with producers other than Dr. Luke, the singer said in legal paperwork filed over the weekend.
The filings were part of a lawsuit Kesha filed last year against her former producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery. The suit contained a number of horrific allegations. Kesha said that Dr. Luke, whose given name is Lukasz Gottwald, started pursuing her sexually as soon as he signed her at age 18, and that he forced her to imbibe alcohol and drugs so he could take advantage of her. Kesha also accused Gottwald of threatening to kill her dogs and blackmailing his wife into having an abortion.
The legal dispute has -- predictably -- gotten very complicated. Gottwald quickly countersued, alleging that Kesha is fabricating these sexual assault claims in order to get out of her recording contract with his production company.
In the meantime, though, the contract remains in force, preventing Kesha from working with anyone but Dr. Luke -- which essentially means she can't work at all. Hence the most recent filings, which say that her career will be "effectively over" unless the court grants an injunction allowing her to escape the contract.
Universal Music Group Distribution CEO Jim Urie filed an affidavit arguing much the same thing in September.
"She has not been recording, touring, or able to market merchandise for nearly a year -- an eternity in the industry," Urie said.
The last big single to feature Kesha's voice was Pitbull's 2013 hit "Timber." Kesha herself has not recorded a studio album since 2012, though she did act in the movie "Jem and the Holograms" and on a recent episode of "Jane The Virgin."
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