Kesha has decided to drop the sexual assault lawsuit against her former producer, Dr. Luke in Los Angeles. The lawsuit was filed two years ago, but this doesn’t mean she’s done battling Dr. Luke in court.
“Kesha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts,” her lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said in a statement Monday.
The 29-year-old singer is turning her focus to her music career. She’s expressed to Sony Music that she wants to put out a single and an album as soon as possible. Her record label has even received 28 new songs from Kesha.
Kesha addressed the dropped lawsuit on her Twitter account.
My fight continues. I need to get my music out. I am continuing to fight for my rights in New York. Thank you for all your support.
— kesha (@KeshaRose) August 2, 2016
Back in October 2014 Kesha accused the acclaimed producer of sexual assault, gender violence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She said that Dr. Luke slipped her a date rape drug in her drink, made her snort an illicit drug before a flight, continuously forced himself upon her, and sexually assaulted her after her 18th birthday.
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has denied all of her allegations and counter-sued in New York. He ended up winning and Kesha was unable to be released from her contract. Although Kesha explained that Dr. Luke’s abuse made it difficult for her to work with him, the Manhattan judge rejected the complaint, citing particulars of New York law and lack of jurisdiction over alleged abuse that took place in California.
Initially, her lawyer Bo Pearl had planned to file new motions to once again review the suspended Los Angeles case and ask for permission to amend Kesha’s complaint. Some believe that Kesha dropped the lawsuit because she knew it would be hard to win her case. While this is definitely a downside, Kesha has just announced her first tour in years. Her first gig will be performing a tAtlantic City on Aug. 6.