It's been over two years since Kesha first filed her lawsuit against her producer Dr. Luke, accusing him of sexual assault and harassment, but the legal battle is still raging on to this day. In fact, it just got uglier than ever this week, as both Dr. Luke and Kesha have filed new suits against one another.
On Tuesday, Dr. Luke added another defamation suit on top of the ones he has already filed against Kesha after discovering a text message that the singer sent to Lady Gaga about him, E! News reported. In the text, Dr. Luke's legal team is claiming that Kesha accused Luke of raping another singer. Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) is denying the claim and filing another defamation lawsuit against the artist, claiming that it is Kesha's motive to harm his reputation.
In response, Kesha filed her own documents against Dr. Luke, claiming that he is purposefully stalling the album she is under contract to record for his record company, and that he still owes her royalties for the music she did release. Both Kesha and Dr. Luke's label Kemosabe are legally bound by contract to release one more album together, but Kesha claims that Luke has not approved any of the songs she's recorded for a potential album, nor has he okayed a release date or promotional plan.
This is why you haven't heard any new Kesha music recently --- because of her contract with Kemosabe, she is not legally allowed to put out new material unless Dr. Luke gives his okay, and as Kesha's claim illustrates, he's been nixing anything that she records. The only new music that Kesha actually has released in the past three and a half years is last year's Zedd collaboration "True Colors," which Dr. Luke permitted to be recorded.
It's unclear how the text exchange between Kesha and Lady Gaga will affect the case overall, but it's definitely going to lengthen the legal process. Throughout the entire, highly publicized lawsuit, which Kesha first filed in October of 2014, Lady Gaga has been one of the singer's most vocal supporters, so it makes sense that the two were communicating about the case.
It looks like Kesha fans are in for another long and torturous year as this situation gets more complicated. Let's just hope she's somehow able to get another song out sometime soon!