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Sony Is Expected to Drop Dr. Luke Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Sony Music is expected to drop Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, the producer accused of sexually assaulting Kesha and other female recording artists, a year before his contract with the industry giant expires, the Wrap reported on Wednesday.

The news follows a high profile court battle between Gottwald, Sony, and Kesha, the pop star who filed suit in 2014 to end her contract with the company over allegations that Gottwald had raped her after giving her "date rape" drugs — among other accusations. In February, a New York judge sided with Sony over a lack of evidence, but Kesha has since received an outpouring of support from prominent artists like Adele, Lady Gaga, Bethany Cosentino and Kelly Clarkson.

And it's that support, according to Sony sources, that may end up costing Dr. Luke a lucrative relationship with the company.

"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," a source familiar with Sony's upper management told the Wrap. "The fact that this hasn't already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building."

Liz Young, a Sony Music Entertainment spokeswoman, declined to comment on the reports.

ATTN: reached out to the office of Mark Geragos, who is representing Kesha, for comment, and will update this story when we hear back.

The news set off a storm of support on Twitter for those who felt vindicated by reports of Sony's impending response to pressures relating to Kesha's case.

Read more about what makes Kesha's case noteworthy here.

Update 5:30 PST: An attorney for Dr. Luke issues a statement refuting reports Wednesday morning that the producer's contract would be cut short. "This is not true, Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony," Christine Lepera told BuzzFeed News. "His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up."