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Kesha drops her sexual assault lawsuit against Dr. Luke

Pop star will focus on appealing previous ruling preventing her from breaking music contract.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Aug 2, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 8:39 am CDT

Kesha filed a motion on Monday to end one of her sexual assault lawsuits against producer Dr. Luke in California in an effort to focus on appealing a previous ruling that prevents her from breaking her music contract.

The singer first sued Dr. Luke, who runs Kemosabe (which operates under Sony Music), the label she signed an exclusive multi-record deal with when she was 18, in Oct. 2014. She also accused Dr. Luke of forcing her to use drugs and alcohol. 

Kesha sued him in California and New York—in the latter state, Kesha is also asking a judge to let her break her contract because she is unable to record music with Dr. Luke—and she is unable to record with anyone else per her contract, which has stalled her career.

Aside from a recent collaboration on “True Colors” with Zedd, Kesha hasn’t released new music since her lawsuits against Dr. Luke began. Her last album was released nearly four years ago in November 2012.

According to Kesha’s legal team, she’s already sent more than two dozen songs “recorded at her own expense” to fulfill her contract.

“Kesha is focused on getting back to work and has delivered 28 new songs to the record label,” Daniel Petrocelli, partner at O’Melveny & Myers, told BuzzFeed News in a statement. “We have conveyed to Sony Music and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release the single and an album as soon as possible.”

Christine Lepera, Dr. Luke’s attorney, believes that Kesha dropped the California lawsuit because “because she has no chance of winning.”

“Kesha never should have brought her false and meritless claims against Dr. Luke in any court,” she told BuzzFeed News.

Kesha is currently appealing a judge’s ruling in April that prevents her from leaving her contract, and Sony has said that she could record music without Dr. Luke’s involvement.

H/T BuzzFeed

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*First Published: Aug 2, 2016, 1:13 pm CDT