Because most of their fighting has happened in New York, I sometimes forget that Kesha and Dr. Luke’s battle is a bicoastal one that started in California. Although that’s not the case now. According to a statement released yesterday by her attorney, Daniel M. Petrocelli, Kesha has dropped the original lawsuit she filed against Dr. Luke in California in 2014.
Kesha’s original lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles, and it was the one in which she accused Dr. Luke of a laundry list of heinous shit, like drugging and raping her, and triggering an eating disorder. Dr. Luke responded to Kesha’s lawsuit with one of his own, ie. the one in which he called Kesha a liar and claimed that she was just trying to get out of her recording contract. Kesha responded to that by claiming that working with Dr. Luke was a form of “slavery” (a judge disagreed). Dr. Luke’s lawsuit and Kesha’s response were filed in New York, and they’re still open. Kesha wants to focus on the lawsuit in New York, and so she’s dumped the California one.
“Kesha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts. Kesha is focused on getting back to work and has delivered 28 new songs to the record label. We have conveyed to Sony Music and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible.”
Kesha also confirmed the news on Twitter.
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
This is the second lawsuit a member of Team Kesha has decided to dump. Back in April, Kesha’s mom Pebe Sebert dropped her countersuit against Dr. Luke in which she slapped at him for accusing her of making up slanderous lies with her daughter.
One of the main issues between Kesha and Dr. Luke was that he felt like she was trying to stiff him on the albums she was obligated to produce. Kesha has been making new music, but so far it’s just been the odd cover and collaboration. It sounds like she was getting tired of coughing up the cobwebs gathering on her vocal cords while she waited for the possibility that Sony might #FreeKesha after all. No word on what Kesha’s next album will be called, but I get the feeling that the working title is: “Let’s Just Get This Shit Over With, Shall We?”
Not surprisingly, Dr. Luke’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, had feelings regarding Kesha’s decision to drop her original lawsuit and gave this statement to THR:
“If Kesha is voluntarily dismissing her claims in the California case, it is because she has no chance of winning them. 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.”
So now all we’ve got is Dr. Luke suing Kesha for defamation of character. We already have a pretty strong character reference from Kelly Clarkson. Dr. Luke might want to think about dropping his lawsuit too. If that judge is a From Justin to Kelly fan – and why wouldn’t they be, really – then I can’t see this ending well for him.
Here’s Kesha and her boyfriend at LAX last week looking like to two teens who roll into family Sunday night dinner high on whippits.