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Kesha shifts focus in Dr. Luke fight to New York court case

Kesha has dismissed a California lawsuit alleging hit-making producer Dr. Luke sexually and emotionally abused her, but a similar case will remain in play in New York.

Monday's dismissal of a Los Angeles case comes amid an effort by the singer to get new singles and an album released despite her high-profile fight with her former mentor.

Her attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said the dismissal was filed so she can focus her legal efforts in New York, where she has also sued the producer alleging he frequently ridiculed her for nearly a decade and at one point drugged and raped her.

Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has denied Kesha's allegations and accused her...