Ke$ha No Longer Pursuing California Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke

Although she is continuing her court battles against her alleged rapist in New York, Ke$ha has decided to drop the California lawsuit against Dr. Luke, according to Rolling Stone.  It had been on hold since June of 2015 as the outcome of Dr. Luke’s New York lawsuit accusing Ke$ha of defamation was not yet determined.  

However, Ke$ha’s legal counsel issued a press release to Rolling Stone today, stating, “Ke$ha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts.  [She] 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 [her] strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible.”

Dr. Luke’s attorney responded, “If Kesha is voluntarily dismissing her claims in the California case, it is because she has no chance of winning them…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.”

In addition, a New York judge recently dismissed Ke$ha’s countersuit claiming emotional distress, employment discrimination and gender-based hate crimes.  Furthermore, she was also denied her request to record legally for labels other than Sony, and later appealed that ruling.


A New York judge recently dismissed Kesha’s countersuit in New York alleging emotional distress, employment discrimination, and gender-based hate crimes. In February, the judge also denied Kesha’s request to record legally for labels other than Dr. Luke’s Sony imprint Kemosabe Records—the ruling that Kesha appealed.

Now, all we can do is support Ke$ha through these trying times and hope her abuser eventually shows his “True Colors.”