Kesha has dropped her California lawsuit against her producer Dr. Luke, her label head who she claimed had sexually abused her over the course of their working relationship. Even more: she gave 28 new songs to Sony and Kemosabe Records, all recorded at her own expense in hopes that she can release them without a breach of contract.
In a statement, Daniel M. Petrocelli, Kesha’s counsel, said, “We have conveyed to Sony Music and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible. He also said that the singer will continue “her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts.”
Dr. Luke’s attorney, Christine Lepera, said Kesha dropped the lawsuit because she had no chance of winning it, according to Rolling Stone: “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.”
Kesha’s career has been on hold for two years, since 2014, when she first filed the lawsuit against her producer. She has been keeping busy despite her last release being in 2012, and she took to Instagram to remind her fans that she won’t stop fighting: “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.”