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Fans have rallied behind the pop singer after she announced her decision to drop charges of sexual assault against her former music producer.
By
Shami Sivasubramanian

3 Aug 2016 - 1:27 PM  UPDATED 3 Aug 2016 - 1:27 PM

After a long legal battle, Kesha has decided to drop the sexual assault and rape charges she filed in California against music producer Lukasz “Dr Luke” Gottwald in order to focus on making music.  

The pop singer took to Instagram, and later Twitter, to share her decision, assuring her supporters her fight for justice continues. 

 

 

“My fight continues. I need to get my music out. I have so much to say. This lawsuit is so heavy on my once free spirit, and I can only pray to one day feel that happiness again. I am continuing to fight for my rights in New York. Thank you for all your support. The support of my fans has been so beautiful and I'm so grateful for it. I'm not sure where I would be without you all,” she wrote.

The charges were first filed by Kesha in California, but had been on hold since June of last year, Rolling Stone reports. Representatives of Kesha tell Rolling Stone she will continue her appeals process and other legal claims in New York while dropping charges filed in California.

Kesha’s case was dismissed earlier this year in New York when Justice Shirley Kornreich found her claims of repeated drugging, rape, and sexual assault against Dr Luke lacked sufficient merit.  

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One of the incidents Kesha brought forth in New York, a rape that took place in 2008, did add up according to the judge, but could not be further investigated as the claim was ‘time barred’ – under a statute of limitations, that case could only be filed within five years of the incident.

Since announcing her decision to drop charges, fans have sent the Tik Tok singer messages of support over social media:

While she hasn't released new material since 2012, Kesha hopes to now focus on making new music for her fans. She reportedly has 28 new songs waiting to be produced.

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