Kesha drops sex assault case against Dr. Luke to focus on legal battle over music

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Kesha Dismisses Sexual Assault Case Against Dr. Luke to Focus on Legal Battle Over Music

Kesha is dropping her sexual assault lawsuit against Dr. Luke.

The Warrior singer has been fighting a contentious legal battle in California against her former music producer for nearly four years, during which time she's been locked in a contract with Dr. Luke and his Kemosabe record label, which is under the auspices of Sony Music.

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On Monday, it was announced that Kesha has dropped the California suit in an effort to focus on creating new music, according to her legal counsel. However, she is maintaining her lawsuit against Dr. Luke in New York.

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Pop star Kesha leaves Supreme court in New York, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Kesha is fighting to wrest her career away from a hitmaker she says drugged, sexually abused and psychologically tormented her _ and still has exclusive rights to make records with her. Producer Dr. Luke says the singer is slinging falsehoods and ruining his reputation to try to weasel out of her recording contract and strike a new deal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Kesha makes a court appearance as fans protest Sony Music Entertainment outside New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make eight more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Kesha arrives for an appearance in her case against Sony Music Entertainment at New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make three more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Michael Eisley who runs the Kesha Today Twitter account organized Kesha fans to protest Sony Music Entertainment outside New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make eight more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: People cheer as singer Kesha is seen arriving at New York State Supreme Court at on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make three more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Kesha fans protest Sony Music Entertainment outside New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make eight more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Kesha fans protest Sony Music Entertainment outside New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make eight more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
(Pool photo by Jefferson Siegel) - Kesha (center in white) cries as she learns she will not be released from her record label contract in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, February 19, 2016. A judge said she would not allow Kesha to leave her record label. (Pool Photo by Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
(Pool photo by Jefferson Siegel) - Kesha (center in white) cries as she learns she will not be released from her record label contract in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, February 19, 2016. A judge said she would not allow Kesha to leave her record label. (Pool Photo by Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
A fan, right, screams her support at pop star Kesha as she leaves Supreme court in New York, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Kesha is fighting to wrest her career away from a hitmaker she says drugged, sexually abused and psychologically tormented her _ and still has exclusive rights to make records with her. Producer Dr. Luke says the singer is slinging falsehoods and ruining his reputation to try to weasel out of her recording contract and strike a new deal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Pop star Kesha, center, leaves Supreme court in New York, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Kesha is fighting to wrest her career away from a hitmaker she says drugged, sexually abused and psychologically tormented her _ and still has exclusive rights to make records with her. Producer Dr. Luke says the singer is slinging falsehoods and ruining his reputation to try to weasel out of her recording contract and strike a new deal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Kesha fans protest Sony Music Entertainment outside New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make eight more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Kesha fans protest Sony Music Entertainment outside New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make eight more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Kesha fans protest Sony Music Entertainment outside New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make eight more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Pop star Kesha, center, leaves Supreme court in New York, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Kesha is fighting to wrest her career away from a hitmaker she says drugged, sexually abused and psychologically tormented her _ and still has exclusive rights to make records with her. Producer Dr. Luke says the singer is slinging falsehoods and ruining his reputation to try to weasel out of her recording contract and strike a new deal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Kesha leaves the New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016 in New York City. Sony has refused to voluntarily release the pop star from her contract which requires her to make three more albums with producer Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually assaulted her. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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"Kesha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts," Daniel Petrocelli, a member of Kesha's legal team, explained in a statement to ET.

Kesha drops sexual abuse case against Dr. Luke to focus on music

"Kesha is focused on getting back to work and has delivered 28 new songs to the record label," Petrocelli continued. "We have conveyed to Sony Music and the label Kesha's strong desire to release the single and an album as soon as possible."

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Kesha has released no new music in over four years, as she's tried to get out of the multi-album recording deal. The 29-year-old singer has previously argued that she couldn't work with a man she claims sexually assaulted and drugged her.

Dr. Luke and his legal team have denied the allegations throughout the court battle, and have not yet addressed this latest development. ET has reached out to the producer's rep for comment.

For more on the ongoing litigation between the recording artist and her former record producer, watch the video below.

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