According to the New York Daily News, a lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by DAS Communications claiming that they helped invest in singer Ke$ha, whose real name is Kesha Sebert, 23. The company is seeking $14 million in damages from Ke$ha, and an additional $12 million from producer Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald.
The claim emphasizes that Ke$ha signed with them in 2006 and inked an agreement entitling DAS to 20 percent of her future income, with the option to sever the business if she did not land a major-label record contract within a year. The next twelve months passed without a deal but the company says Sebert waived the deadline, and continued good relations with the company until producer Luke “induced, intimidated and convinced Ke$ha” to severe ties with them in September 2008.
Court paper says, “Although she has made an incredible amount of money in a very short period of time, in large part due to DAS’ efforts on her behalf, she could just as easily lose money if not properly guided.”
The source reports that singer filed a counter-suit against the company in California, contending the manager acted as an “illegal talent agent.” And her lawyer Charles Ortner told the source, “This lawsuit seeks to require her to pay (DAS head David Sonenberg) commissions on her RCA/Jive record deal that he had nothing to do with, long after she terminated him in writing.”