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Kesha sobs as judge keeps deal with alleged rapist producer

“Tik Tok” star Kesha broke into tears Friday when a Manhattan Supreme Court judge refused to let her walk away from a six-album deal with Sony — and the man she claims raped her.

The singer had sought to nullify her recording contract because it brought her into contact with super-producer Dr. Luke, whose real name is Luke Gottwald. 

KESHA’S ALLEGED RAPE HAPPENED WHEN SHE WAS 18-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

The 28-year-old, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, claims that Dr. Luke (inset) drugged her with a pill that made her black out and raped her shortly after her 18th birthday in California. He was never criminally charged.

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Kesha (c.) cries as she learns she will not be released from her record label contract in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday. Kesha’s contract requires her to record six more albums for Sony Records.

Sony has offered to let her work with another producer, but Kesha said she fears the company won’t promote her music as heavily if she’s not working with Gottwald, their biggest hitmaker.

KESHA ACCUSES SONY MUSIC OF ENABLING ‘ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP’ WITH DR. LUKE

Dozens of fans rallied outside the courthouse in support of the shellshocked singer as she emerged from the courthouse.

“Free Kesha Now! Free Kesha Now!” they chanted as the singer walked down the front steps with her entourage.

A few minutes earlier, she had hugged a weeping fan outside the courtroom.

“You don’t deserve this at all. It’s unfair,” the fan, Lindsay Scarpa, told her.

Kesha declined to speak with reporters.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said Sony would suffer irreparable harm if Kesha was not compelled to abide by a contract that requires her to make six more albums with the company.

The judge said that granting the singer’s request to nullify her deal would undermine the state’s laws governing contracts and the court couldn’t do that.

Kesha was seeking to nullify her recording contract, which made her work with a man she accused of raping her. James Devaney/GC Images

Kesha was seeking to nullify her recording contract, which made her work with a man she accused of raping her.

Enlarge The "Tik Tok" singer accused producer Dr. Luke of rape and said she is afraid to work with him. Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

The “Tik Tok” singer accused producer Dr. Luke of rape and said she is afraid to work with him.

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The “Tik Tok” singer accused producer Dr. Luke (r.) of rape and said she is afraid to work with him.

Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, argued that Sony’s promise to connect her to another producer was “illusory” because even if the recordings were made, the record company wouldn’t promote them.

He contended that Sony had more invested in Dr. Luke than in Kesha and it would do everything to protect him because he makes them more money.

Kesha, in a dramatic all-white outfit seated in court next to her mother in a back row, initially looked stunned as the judge refused to issue the injunction.

Then as a tear-soaked fan in front of her started sniffling loudly, her own eyes filled with tears.

Dr. Luke and Sony are also trying to dismiss the underlying case in which Kesha contends Dr. Luke abused her emotionally and psychologically for a decade

Christine Lepera, a lawyer for Dr. Luke, said in a statement that the allegations against him “were asserted solely to extort money and gain contractual leverage.” 

bross@nydailynews.com

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