Why Did Kesha Drop Her Sexual Assault Case Against Dr. Luke? She's Filed To Dismiss Her Los Angeles Case
Kesha has decided to make a major change when it comes to her legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke. On Monday, it was announced that Kesha filed to drop her case against Dr. Luke in which she alleged sexual assault and the reason why will not be surprising to fans who have been following the singer's case all along: her music.
Update: Sony tells Bustle they have no comment. Dr. Luke's rep released the following statement to Bustle:
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
Kesha tweeted the following on Monday night:
Earlier: Dr. Luke has adamantly and repeatedly denied Kesha's claimed of sexual and emotional abuse and countersued Kesha for defamation.
In a statement released to Buzzfeed, Kesha's lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, explained,
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 the single and an album as soon as possible.
To be clear, the case that Kesha is dropping is the Los Angeles lawsuit, which she filed in October 2014. At that time, Kesha's lawyer released a statement to Billboard, which read,
This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for ten years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke.
Soon after Kesha filed suit in L.A., Dr. Luke filed a defamation suit against Kesha in New York. While the L.A. case is dropped, the case in New York, which has been widely publicized, is still intact. Kesha is currently appealing the New York judge's February denial of her request for an injunction to end her contact with Dr. Luke and Sony.
As for the 28 songs Petrocelli claims Kesha has delivered to the label, this seems to be in relation to the fact that Kesha was under a multi-album contract with Sony.
In February, Dr. Luke's lawyer released a statement to Rolling Stone in regards to the New York case, which reads in part:
The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already "free" to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t "free" is a myth.
As for Sony, the company's lawyer told The New York Times in February,
Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha. Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party.
Bustle has reached out to Dr. Luke and Sony for comment on Kesha dropping her lawsuit and her lawyer's claim that she submitted 28 songs, but has not yet heard back.