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Jennifer Lopez Releases Song With Kesha’s Alleged Assaulter Dr. Luke

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Jennifer Lopez Releases Song With Kesha’s Alleged Assaulter Dr. Luke

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Yesterday, Kesha’s longtime battle with alleged abuser Dr. Luke came to a screeching halt when her case against the producer and Sony was thrown out by courts.

This news came just days after the “Tik Tok” hitmaker revealed she was offered freedom from her contract if she agreed to recant all claims that Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald had sexually, emotionally, physically and verbally abused her since she signed with him at age 18.

In court yesterday, a New York state judge offered, “Although [Luke’s] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, [her claims] do no allege that [Luke] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha,” adding that, “Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”

Oh, institutionalized sexism—what a total nightmare.

Plowing through with disastrous timing, Jennifer Lopez released today a new single, “Ain’t Your Mama,” produced by Kesha’s alleged assaulter—a questionable move for the UN’s first Global Advocate for Girls and Women, who once delivered us the unlikely feminist anthem, “I Luh Ya Papi.” While Lopez’s latest isn’t direct solidarity with Dr. Luke, the sheer fact she’d even involve him and debut the single, now, is perhaps her worst career move to date, especially since the lyrics center on female empowerment.

Has she and her label missed the very public support for Kesha from industry powerhouses, like Adele or Lady Gaga?

Update: Arguments that Lopez likely recorded “Ain’t Your Mama” before Kesha filed her lawsuit against Luke are weak, considering Kesha did so in October 2014—two years before Lopez signed a multi-album deal with Epic in March 2016 and began recording new material. “I’ve been working on music for the past couple of months, and we should be putting something out very soon,” Lopez told Entertainment Tonight last month.

Listen, below, for Lopez’s mediocre blunder.