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Kesha's sexual assault case against Dr. Luke put on hold

A judge has deferred Kesha's sexual assault case against producer Dr. Luke until her breach of contract lawsuit has been resolved.

The Tik Tok hitmaker initially sued her former mentor, real name Lukasz Gottwald, in 2014, when she claimed he physically and emotionally abused her during their 10-year musical partnership.


Kesha recently lost her bid to terminate the contract she signed with Luke at Kemosabe Records, a Sony offshoot, but she is still fighting him in court after he countersued Kesha and her mother, Pebe Sebert. He has vehemently denied the accusations against him and maintains the mother-daughter duo made up the claims in a bid to wriggle out of Kesha's recording contract.


During her court case, Kesha alleged her contract with Sony tied her to working only with Dr. Luke, but he and label bosses dismissed the allegations, insisting she was free to record with whomever she wanted.


On Monday (16May16), Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper decided to put Kesha's sexual assault case on hold, pending the outcome of her breach of contract lawsuit in New York, where Sony is headquartered.


During Monday's hearing, which the Tik Tok star was not present for, Dr. Luke's legal team argued the star suffered significant legal setbacks after her exclusive multi-record contract was denied in New York, where her counterclaims of gender-related hate crimes and intentional infliction of emotional distress were also dismissed.


Kesha's attorneys are expected to file amended court documents to appeal the rulings by 20 May (16).


Meanwhile, the sexual assault case has been deferred until 15 July (16), when another status hearing is scheduled to take place.