The singer will focus her legal efforts in New York
Singer Kesha has dropped sexual assault claims against music producer Dr. Luke in California. Her lawyer says they are dropping the allegations here so she can focus her legal efforts in New York, including the one that prevented her from leaving Luke’s Kemosabe Records, the BBC reported.
Kesha had alleged that 42-year-old Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, sexually and emotionally abused her. However, he has denied her allegations that date back to 2005, not long after she signed with him. While the charges have been ongoing, she has not been able to release any new music as she is on his label.
The 29-year-old had previously asked a judge for permission to leave Kemosabe Records, owned by Sony Music, but her request was refused in April.
Earlier in May, Kesha received a standing ovation following her emotional rendition of Bob Dylan’s “It aint me babe” at the Billboard Music Awards 2016.
The Tik tok hitmaker was initially axed from the event when Luke’s Kemosabe label — which she was prevented from leaving earlier this year despite her allegations that she was abused by the producer — withdrew their permission for her to sing. However, the record company restored approval after gaining “reassurance” there would be no mention of the court battle.
Following her performance, Kesha took to her Instagram to thank fans and said: “I’m so grateful for tonight and for the Billboard Music Awards for allowing me to sing. It’s my form of prayer. It is my therapy. It literally reaches the untouched corners of my soul. Thank you for having me.”
“I have so much gratitude. Thank you so f*****g much to my fans I have you to thank for tonight. Thank you for having my back in a way no one ever has before. Ugh, so emotional… Love you,” she added.