Kesha Drops The Remaining Sexual Abuse Charges Against Producer Dr. Luke
After a years-long legal battle, Kesha dropped her remaining abuse charges against Dr. Luke in a New York court. The singer plans to continue to focus on the “professional grievances” she has against the producer regarding her contract with Sony Music’s Kemosabe Records. Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, denied the sexual assault and harassment claims Kesha made against him both in New York and California from the beginning.
At the beginning of the month, Kesha dropped the charges she brought against the producer in California, saying she would carry on the New York lawsuit, while also trying to get back to her music, which has pretty much been on hold since the whole ordeal began in 2014. Although it was initially believed Kesha sued Dr. Luke first, the producer actually filed a breach of contract suit against the pop star first in 2014. She then filed her California lawsuit, claiming he drugged and sexually abused her as early as 2005. Alleging Kesha made up her claims in order to get out of her contract, Dr. Luke sued her for defamation of character, bringing the battle to New York, where she responded by countersuing him in the state for alleged sexual assault, battery, harassment, and emotional distress, among other things.
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.
A New York court ruled in February that Kesha must carry out her contract with Kemosabe Records, dismissing all her allegations against Dr. Luke. “There has been no showing of irreparable harm,” Judge Shirley Kornreich explained at the time, according to BBC. Kesha’s appeal was later struck down in April, but she kept fighting the dismissal of her allegations and the contract disagreement, claiming on Instagram she was offered “freedom” if she publicly apologized for the abuse allegations against Dr. Luke, which he also denied. She refused to apologize or take back her claims, but Kesha abandoned the abuse lawsuit and is only trying to get out of her contract with Dr. Luke’s company now.
It’s unclear what steps Kesha will take next in order to get out of the contract she’s been fighting for two years, as a New York judge already refused to free her from the agreement and Sony also said it couldn’t terminate the contract. “Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever,” Scott A. Edelman, an attorney representing Sony, told The New York Times in February.
According to her lawyers, Kesha’s recorded 28 songs while all this has been going on. “We have conveyed to Sony and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible,” Daniel Petrocelli, her attorney, in an official statement this month. Hopefully she’ll be able to share that music with the world.