Kesha is asking a judge to allow her to record an album with someone other than the person she claims sexually abused her, producer Dr. Luke.
According to the latest court papers filed by the pop star in her yearlong battle, Kesha claims her career has been at a standstill since she filed her lawsuit and will be “effectively over” if she is not allowed to immediately resume recording.
“Kesha Rose Sebert wants nothing more than to be able to record an album,” her court papers state. “Her only condition is that she be allowed to record with a record label that is not affiliated with someone who has emotionally and sexually abused her.”
It’s been a year since Kesha filed a lawsuit against her producer Dr. Luke, given name Lukasz Gottwald, last October for alleged sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, violence, and emotional abuse over their ten years of working together.
Among the allegations that include rape, she claimed that Dr. Luke repeatedly drugged her, with and without her consent and that the alleged abuse caused an eating disorder as well as severe depression, post-traumatic stress and panic attacks, which she sought treatment for in January 2014.
Dr. Luke has denied Kesha’s claims and filed a countersuit alleging that Kesha’s lawsuit was an attempt to extort him into releasing her from her contract.
Kesha has testified that Dr. Luke told her that if she “ever tried to get away from him for any reason that he would tie me up in litigation until my career was over.” And that, she claims, is exactly what is happening now.
Kesha hasn’t recorded an album since 2012’s Warrior and the last single to feature her vocals was rapper Pitbull’s 2013 hit Timber.