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Kesha Drops California Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke

Written by Mike Hohnen on August 2, 2016

Following an extensive and heartbreaking legal war, embattled singer Kesha has dropped her lawsuit against Dr. Luke, filed in California.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Kesha’s legal council Daniel Petrocelli explained that the lawsuit, which accused Dr. Luke of rape and sexual abuse won’t be continued. “Kesha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts,” it’s confirmed.

Instead, Kesha will be focusing on new material, which she has been quietly amassing throughout the saga. Petrocelli confirms that a solid batch of new tunes have been submitted to the label for an ASAP release.

“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.”

The Californian lawsuit had been on hold since June last year after Dr. Luke filed a his own legal proceedings against the pop star in New York. Kesha’s case suffered a serious blow when the presiding judge failed to implement an injection on her record contract that could see Kesha work with other producers. The judge also went onto to dismiss Kesha’s claims.

A different outcome in California was looking unlikely given that the judge there had earlier referred the case to New York, believing it to be a better option. It seems with no legal reprieve likely, Kesha has started to back down.

Dr. Luke’s legal team have jumped on the news, issuing a scathing statement to Rolling Stone indicating that Kesha dropped the suit “because she has no chance of winning.”

“Dr. Luke’s defamation and other claims against Kesha are still proceeding,” the statement adds.

Kesha has had her wins through out the drama, managing to fire off a collaboration with Zedd. Recently, Kesha has announced a tour as Kesha And The Creepies, where she’ll be “reinventing some of [her] old songs and some of [her] favourite songs from [her] musical idols.”

With the Californian suit dropped and a batch of demos submitted, Kesha and her team hope label Sony/Kemosabe see that getting on with the record is best for all involved.

Watch: Kesha – ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’ at the Billboard Music Awards 2016

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