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Kesha Accuses Dr. Luke of Stalling Ahead of Defamation Case Trial


Zach F

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Kesha is speaking out in a new filing.

The 35-year-old "Tik Tok" singer submitting a filing to a New York judge on Tuesday (August 30) amid her ongoing legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke.

In the letter, which was obtained by Rolling Stone, she and her lawyer argue that the producer is dragging his feet, and argue that there's no way the upcoming defamation trial can proceed until her two pending appeals are resolved.

“Kesha has an overwhelming interest in having the trial proceed as scheduled on February 20, 2023, not only so that she can seek vindication but also so that she can get this ordeal behind her and move on with her life,” her lawyer Leah Godesky said in the letter.

“Kesha has accordingly done everything in her power to try to ensure that trial will begin as scheduled, including by seeking to expedite proceedings in the Court of Appeals. Dr. Luke has obstructed her efforts at every turn,” it continues.

Dr. Luke’s lead lawyer Christine Lepera sent a letter to Judge Schecter two weeks ago claiming he is “ready and willing to proceed with trial” in late February with the two appeals still pending.

“Trial cannot proceed without resolution of these issues. It would be a monumental waste of party and judicial resources to proceed to trial when there is a very real risk that a new trial immediately would be required, as would be the case if the Court of Appeals reverses as to any of the several questions currently before it. Promptly resolving the pending appeals is essential before trial can begin," the letter from Kesha's lawyer reads.

“As our own letter to the court makes clear, Dr. Luke is ready and willing to try the case in February and he looks forward to winning the trial. It is Kesha’s attorneys who have delayed the case for years by endlessly filing meritless appeals, which they have lost time and again. If the case is not tried in February, it solely will be due to the fact that Kesha’s lawyers decided yet again to take more appeals — this time of two decisions that once again ruled against her in the Appellate Division,” Dr. Luke’s lawyers said in a statement to RS.

Dr. Luke sued Kesha in New York in October 2014, at the same time that she did. She alleges the music producer knocked her out with an unknown substance and **** her during nearly a decade of alleged ***ual, physical, and emotional abuse. His lawsuit claims she defamed him with the accusations in an attempt to extort a better contract. Kesha's claims were dismissed largely due to being too old, while his lawsuit continues.

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