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While the legal battle between Kesha Sebert and Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) plays out in New York, a California claim has been put on hold — but the singer’s attorneys want to take another shot at it.
In a Monday morning status conference, the judge and Gottwald’s attorneys were surprised to hear Kesha’s legal team plans to take another shot at her claims in L.A. County Superior Court.
“We intend to file a motion to lift the stay and to file an amended complaint in this action,” said the pop star’s attorney Bo Pearl.
Kesha sued in October 2014, claiming Gottwald drugged and sexually assaulted her and exerted suffocating control over her career.
Judge Barbara M. Scheper on Monday said she had planned to invite a motion to dismiss the action, since several of the claims in the New York suit have been tossed at this point and a provision in the contract between Sebert and Gottwald set New York as the venue.
Gottwald’s attorney Christine Lepera told the court this was the first she was hearing of an amended complaint and she intends to file a cross-motion to dismiss.
Sebert’s attorneys hadn’t filed a status report prior to the hearing and Scheper said she was disappointed that neither she nor Gottwald’s counsel was informed this was coming.
“If you just present the same arguments to me, that’s not going to be well taken,” said Scheper.
The next status conference is scheduled for July 15.
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