The singer will continue to pursue her appeal and other legal claims in New York.
Kesha has dropped her California lawsuit against Dr. Luke and delivered 28 new songs to her label as she looks to restart her career.
“Kesha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts,” Kesha’s lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, told Rolling Stone earlier this morning (August 2). “Kesha is focused on getting back to work and has delivered 28 new songs to the record label. We have conveyed to Sony and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible.”
In October 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit asking to be released from her contract with Dr. Luke after alleging that the producer (aka Luke Gottwald) had been abusive for the duration of their decade-long professional relationship. Dr Luke countersued for defamation in New York, with Kesha then countersuing, accusing the 42-year-old of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender violence. Her case was dismissed in court in April.
The California claim has been dropped so that Kesha can focus on these New York legal proceedings.
Dr. Luke’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, responded to Kesha’s statement: “If Kesha is voluntarily dismissing her claims in the California case, it is because she has no chance of winning them. Earlier this year, she lost her meritless counterclaims against Dr. Luke in the New York Action. Recently, the California Court invited Dr. Luke and the other defendants to move to dismiss Kesha’s claims in that action. Kesha never should have brought her false and meritless claims against Dr. Luke in any court. Dr. Luke’s defamation and other claims against Kesha are still proceeding.”
Writing on Instagram this morning, Kesha said: “My fight continues. I need to get my music out. I have so much to say. This lawsuit is so heavy on my once free spirit, and I can only pray to one day feel that happiness again. I am continuing to fight for my rights in New York. Thank you for all your support. The support of my fans has been so beautiful and I’m so grateful for it. I’m Not sure where I would be without you all.”
Back in April, the singer released a collaborative track with Zedd called ‘True Colors’, her first single since her battle with Dr Luke began back in 2014.
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