“My fight continues,” says the singer.
Saying she needs to focus on her music, Kesha has dropped a civil lawsuit against music producer Lukasz “Dr Luke” Gottwald – but she hasn’t given up her fight against the man she says assaulted and abused her for years.
“Kesha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts,” said her attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, in an official statement.
The singer, who says Gottwald drugged, raped, and emotionally abused her for a period of 10 years starting when she was just 18, is asking the court to terminate her contract with Gottwald’s company, KMI, which is owned by Sony Music. The New York court denied her request earlier this year, saying there was not enough evidence.
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
Meanwhile, Kesha has delivered 28 songs to Sony, according to Petrocelli. “Kesha is focused on getting back to work,” he 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.”
“I need to get my music out. I have so much to say,” Kesha posted to Facebook. “This lawsuit is so heavy on my once free spirit, and I can only pray to one day feel that happiness again.”
Kesha’s music career has essentially been on hold since 2014, when she first brought charges against Gottwald.
Fellow artists including Adele, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga have been vocal in their support for Kesha, posting on social media under the #FreeKesha hashtag.
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