For two years now, Kesha has been embroiled in a legal battle with Kemosabe Records, Dr. Luke’s music label. She’s accused Dr. Luke of sexually assaulting her and drugging her for the past decade, since he plucked her from high school and encouraged her to start a music career. In the past four years, Sony Music Entertainment, Kemosabe Records’ parent company, hasn’t released a single Kesha album, leaving her trapped in her five-record contract.
Now it looks like Kesha and her lawyers are switching tactics. On Monday, Kesha filed to dismiss her sexual assault lawsuit on Dr. Luke. Her legal team also said that Kesha sent 28 songs, recorded at her own expense, to Kemosabe Records to fulfil her contractual obligations, which she signed when she was 18 years old.
Previously, Kesha and her legal team had a two-pronged approach: (1) sue Dr. Luke and (2) sue the record label to release her from her contract.
Now they’re dropping their first approach and focusing on just getting Kesha out of her record label and getting her music career started again. Kesha has another ongoing lawsuit, with Sony, where she’s trying to nullify her contract. Whether Sony releases her songs or lets her go from her contract, we might not have to wait another four years to hear Kesha’s 28 new songs.
For Kesha, the fight is still ongoing. “I need to get my music out,” she wrote on Instagram. “I have so much to say. This lawsuit is so heavy on my once free spirit, and I can only pray to one day feel that happiness again.”
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