Earlier this week, Billboard revealed that Kesha will no longer be using her abuse allegations towards Dr. Luke in her New York lawsuit. The news comes after the singer dismissed her case in Los Angeles. Is the fight over? What do all these recent legal changes actually mean?
This legal battle has been ongoing ever since Kesha sued Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery in October 2014. While the reported abuse has been an important focal point in her case against Dr. Luke and Sony, it's been determined that there hasn't been enough evidence to support the singer's allegations in court.
That was first made clear in April, where a New York judge dismissed her case against Sony after Kesha made an emergency order of getting out her contract with the producer. The judge stated:
"Although [Luke's] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, [her claims] do no allege that [Luke] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha. Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime."
The announcement came right after Kesha claimed that she was given a chance to leave her contract only if she publicly apologized for accusing Dr. Luke of rape. According to one of the producer's reps, the evidence presented allegedly showed her claims were untrue. So instead of trying to continue a battle that it appears she can't win, it looks like Kesha is focusing on the professional aspects of the case in order to release new music to be freed of her Kemosabe Records contract.
Daniel Petrocelli, one of the artist's attorneys, shared in a statement following the California case dismissal: "Kesha is focused on getting back to work and has delivered 28 new songs to the record label. We have conveyed to Sony and the label Kesha's strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible."
The situation is deeply unfortunate but symptomatic of rape cases wherein a victim wishes to legally move on from a painful ordeal. Despite the confusing and disappointing legal saga, Kesha remains passionate about her music and love for her fans.
From her powerful Billboard Music Awards performance in May to the recently-announced "Kesha and the Creepies" summer tour, it's clear that she is not giving up on her career. Now we just have to wait and see if Sony will allow the new material's release.