Sony Music has yet to end their contract with music producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who is accused of sexually assaulting pop star Kesha for a number of years, despite the Wrap reporting last week that Sony insiders are planning to terminate the relationship. Sony's silence has been heard by countless entertainers and sexual assault victims, who have now decided to take action.
A national advocacy group for women called UltraViolet solicited the help of over 130 sexual assault survivors and their families to construct a letter to Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris to "take a stand against sexual assault and not renew Sony Music Entertainment's contract with accused rapist, Dr. Luke," according to the letter sent to Mic in a press release.
UltraViolet also created an online petition that demands Morris to cut all ties with Dr. Luke this year. So far, over 31,500 signatures have been added to the petition, according to the press release. "By continuing to force Kesha to work for Dr. Luke, Sony is sending a clear signal to music fans around the world — that they stand with rapists and against survivors," UltraViolet's Shaunna Thomas said in a statement sent to Mic.
"Sony Music executives should listen to survivors of sexual assault and capitalize on the opportunity to send a clear signal to music fans and performing artists around the world that rape and sexual assault will never be tolerated."
Read the full letter below:
"Dear Mr. Morris,
We, as survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence — and their loved ones — write to ask you to take a stand against sexual assault and not renew Sony Music Entertainment's contract with accused rapist, Dr. Luke.
The very public and drawn-out legal battle between Sony Music and pop star and survivor, Kesha, has done nothing but demonstrate that Sony Music, under your leadership, values profit over stopping sexual assault and keeping vulnerable artists safe.
By continuing to work with Dr. Luke and forcing Kesha to either work with him or effectively end her career, you demonstrate to the world that the lives of countless people — 1 in 4 women just on college campuses alone, in fact — who have been and will be sexually assaulted don't matter. No survivor should be forced to relive her trauma, yet Sony Music is legally requiring Kesha to work with her abuser. No rapist should be rewarded for his crime, yet Sony Music keeps Dr. Luke on its payroll.
None of us can afford this very public and tacit approval of sexual assault. Your association with Dr. Luke sends the message that sexual assault is a crime of no consequence, effectively encouraging this criminal epidemic. By keeping Dr. Luke and prioritizing his needs over Kesha's, you and Sony Music are saying you stand with rapists, not survivors.
For the sake of people who are or may be affected by perpetrators of violence, please free Kesha from contractual obligations to work with Dr. Luke and Kemosabe Records and end your contract with Dr. Luke.
Domestic violence survivors, sexual assault survivors, and their family and friends."