The legal battle between Kesha and producer Dr. Luke has been raging on for over a year now, since Kesha first filed a suit against her former songwriting partner (and Dr. Luke countersued shortly after).
But this past weekend, Kesha filed new court papers asking a judge to get back to work recording with other collaborators besides Dr. Luke. The "Timber" singer is still bound by her contract with Sony Music -- which is in dispute in court -- and the company won't allow her to work with other producers while it's pending.
According to the new papers, Kesha said her career is "effectively over" unless she can make new music now -- and make it without Dr. Luke. And indeed, we haven't heard much from the 28-year-old singer since "Timber," which was really Pitbull's song that she was featured on. Her last studio album, Warrior, came out in 2012.
Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has been embroiled in a court battle with Kesha since October 2014 when the singer filed a suit claiming he had sexually assaulted, raped and battered her during their 10-year partnership. In addition, the suit contains some really nasty allegations, like Dr. Luke referring to Kesha as a "fat f--king refrigerator" and continually harassing her about her weight. Dr. Luke countersued for breach of contract and defamation just days later.
Back in February, a New York judge ruled that Kesha's sexual assault case against Dr. Luke should move forward before Dr. Luke's claims of defamation should be considered. But this was later undone by a judge halting her case in June.
Kesha's lawyers wrote in the most recent filings, “Kesha now faces an abysmal decision: Work with her alleged abuser...or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away. Kesha’s window of opportunity is nearly shut: She has not been recording, touring or able to market merchandise for nearly a year -- an eternity in the industry. If Kesha is not permitted to resume working immediately with the backing of a major record label, her window will forever close."