Sony is willing to strike an exit deal with Kesha, but there's only one gigantic string attached ... saving the label's star player, Dr. Luke.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Sony made secret overtures to Kesha that it will be agreeable to ending her deal, and the trigger is a mea culpa in which she confesses Luke didn't rape her.
As we reported, Kesha vows she won't retract her allegation ... an allegation that has cast a dark cloud over Luke, who is one of the most important producers and creative talents in the label's arsenal.
We're told Sony will not even sit at a table with Kesha's people -- presumably attorney Mark Geragos -- unless she clears Luke. That, of course, is subject to change as her case drags on.