Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds joins #FreeKesha movement as he pledges to never work with Dr. Luke
- He pledged he would never work with Luke until he drops his suit against Kesha
- Reynolds asked other artists to join him in his pledge
- Dr. Luke is suing Kesha for defamation following her allegations he assaulted her
- Yesterday a judge denied Kesha's motion to appeal the case
- In 2014 Kesha sued Luke alleging he raped her in 2005 following a party at Nicky Hilton's home
- She also accused him of ongoing verbal and emotional abuse
- Luke's suit contends that her allegations were simply a ploy to smear the producer and get out of her contract with him
Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds is voicing his support for singer Kesha amid her legal war with producer Dr. Luke.
The Believer singer tweeted a pledge to never work with the veteran producer/alleged abuser 'unless he drops his lawsuit against Kesha and releases her of any contracts she has with him (publishing etc).'
Reynolds went on to implore other artists to make the same pledge, asking them to tweet '#boycottdrluke' and '#FreeKesha.'
Supportive: Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds tweeted in support of Kesha on Thursday night
Previously stars like Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson tweeted their support for the Tik Tok singer.
Reynold's tweet of support comes after Kesha was denied her chance to appeal the producer's defamation suit by a New York judge yesterday, meaning the case will almost certainly go to trial.
The countersuit was deemed palpably insufficient and devoid of merit,' according to documents obtained by E! News.
Luke - real name Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald - is accusing Kesha of spreading false allegations about him in order to get released from her recording contract with him.
In 2014 Kesha sued the producer claiming that she was drugged and raped by Dr Luke in 2005 after the two attended a birthday party for Nicky Hilton - claim Lukasz has adamantly denied.
'Kesha and her representatives repeated her false accusation that Gottwald had purportedly drugged and raped her in countless public forums,' states Dr Luke's complaint.
It also states that Kesha 'spread a knowingly false and wholly defamatory accusation that Gottwald had purportedly raped another female recording artist.'
Tik tok: Kesha had her bid to appeal the defamation lawsuit filed against her by Dr Luke denied (pair above in 2011)
In addition to the 2005 attack, Kesha claims was psychological abuse and fat-shaming, left the singer with 'severe depression, post-traumatic stress, social isolation, and panic attacks.'
Kesha and her lawyers argued this behavior was a breach of contract and demanded the singer be allowed to abandon her record deal with Dr Luke.
Then court ultimately ruled in Dr Luke's favor, forcing Kesha to record three more albums with the producer.
Kesha has unsuccessfully appealed that decision three times.
Appeal: Kesha had previously lost an appeal last year, but the court granted her reconsideration to preview her arguments and evidence supporting her appeal. The star is seen in 2016 above
Dr Luke filed his suit the same day as Kesha's original suit, back in October 2014, during which time he also named her mother and manager for defamation.
Kesha's mom and manager were later dropped from the complaint due to jurisdiction issues in the case, though the two are still accused of aiding Kesha in the complaint.
'Kesha and her team also promoted boycotts and social media harassment of third parties who continued to work with Gottwald in order to pressure them to stop doing so,' states the complaint.
'Kesha's management even went so far as to develop a plan for "leaking" to the public the cell phone numbers and email addresses of top-level executives from SonyMusic Entertainment and its related entities.'
Tit for tat: Dr Luke filed his suit the same day as Kesha back in October 2014, and also named her mother and manager for defamation as well in the that initial complaint. He later dropped the mom and manager from the suit