After nearly a decade, the legal battle between pop singer Kesha and producer Dr. Luke is heading to trial in New York next summer, a judge ruled Friday.
Manhattan Judge Jennifer Schecter said jury selection could begin in late June or early July, asking both sides to choose and let her know. She addressed the dates at the end of a hearing that resolved some of the legal issues and arguments that need to be resolved before the trial can begin.
The “TiK ToK” singer and Grammy-nominated hitmaker sued in 2014.
She alleged he drugged and raped her in 2005 and emotionally abused her for years. He accused her of defaming him, saying she fabricated his claims in an attempt to get out of his recording contract.
WHY KESHA LOST IN COURT TO DR. LUKE AND THE FOLLOWING
A court later dismissed Kesha’s sexual abuse allegations due to delays and other legal issues, without ruling on the merits of the allegations.
Kesha, born Kesha Rose Sebert, rose to fame with “TiK ToK” in 2009. Her performance of “Praying” became an emotional highlight of the Grammy Awards in 2018, at the height of the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.
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Dr. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, has worked with singers such as Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson and Nicki Minaj.
Her career took a hit after Kesha went public with her allegations and gained support from several other female stars. But he resurfaced in 2020 as Tyson Trax, producing and co-writing “Say So,” Doja Cat’s No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit.
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The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, as Kesha did.