Report: Sony Music to Drop Dr. Luke

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Songwriters Max Martin (2nd L) and Lukasz Gottwald (2nd R), better known as Dr. Luke, accept the Songwriter of the Year award from presenters Adam Lambert (L) and Kesha at the 28th annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, California April 27, 2011.

Sony Music will reportedly dump mega-producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald due to the public-relations nightmare that’s resulted from pop-star Kesha’s sexual-abuse allegations against him and the tense court battles to get her out of a contract with him. “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of is confusing, especially for people in the building,” one insider told The Wrap on Wednesday. Because Gottwald has never been charged in court, his exit from Sony would have to be mutual and likely negotiated. (Gottwald has always denied the accusations, which included allegations of rape.) A New York judge ruled last month that Kesha cannot exit from her contract with Gottwald, after hearing testimony that the producer invested $60 million in her career and allowed her to make music without his involvement. In a separate statement, Gottwald's lawyer denied the report: "This is not true. Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony."