Kesha has made a major shift in her legal dispute with producer Dr. Luke that could mean the beginning of its end.
The singer is dropping a civil lawsuit against Dr. Luke, whose Sony-owned Kemosabe Records she is signed to, alleging that he drugged and raped her. She filed an order today to dismiss the claims made in California, Vulture reports.
Kesha is clearly signaling that she would like to move on and get back to music. In addition to dropping the claims, she delivered new tracks to Sony (which she recorded away from Dr. Luke).
Her counsel said in a statement, “We have conveyed to Sony Music and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible.”
But this dive back into musical output could also be part of a wise legal strategy. A judge previously refused to let Kesha out of her recording contract with Sony, a ruling she is still appealing. However, if she makes new music and gives it to Sony and the label still balks, she may have more leverage.
Either way, it’s a hopeful step forward for the singer and her fans.