Kesha's Mom Has Dropped Her Counterclaim Against Dr. Luke

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Though there was some good news for Kesha and her collaboration with producer Zedd, things are still not going well in court.

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There have been suits flying back and forth in three different states—California, New York, and Tennessee, and the Seberts have been pretty much losing all of them. In Tennessee, Dr. Luke sued Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert, claiming she and her daughter conspired to smear his name in an effort to break Kesha’s contract and, when that failed, they circulated rumors to media and industry people that accused Dr. Luke of rape.

Pebe then filed counterclaims of “intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress based on the alleged abuse directed at Kesha,” and also claimed that Dr. Luke misrepresented the amount of involvement she would have in her daughter’s career. On Tuesday, Sebert dropped her claims, and separated from her lawyer, Mark Geragos. Billboard quotes Dr. Luke’s attorney’s take on the case:

“Pebe Sebert’s voluntary withdrawal of all her claims against Dr. Luke is her acknowledgement that her claims are meritless,” says Christine Lepera, attorney for Dr. Luke. “Dr. Luke’s defamation and other claims continue against Pebe and Kesha Sebert.”

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Let’s end on the positive news that Kesha’s single “True Colors,” revealed at Coachella, will be officially out on April 29.

With some good edits:

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Contact the author at aimee.lutkin@jezebel.com.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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Wow, where to begin? Maybe be identifying who “the Seberts” are before the first reference? They’re not the Kennedys.

Also, this single is Kesha’s contribution to Zedd’s full-length, long-in-the-works album (he is primarily a musician and DJ, not a “producer”) which is titled True Colors).

Which are the suits referred to as being “lost” in the phrase “pretty much all of them.”? Only two are specified, and from the sentence discussing the one in Tennessee, as best one can tell from that sentence, it is still pending. The suit by Pebe Sebert against Dr. Luke (state not mentioned) was withdrawn, according to this report, which is also not “lost.”

I guess being in court for missteps in celebrity-related reporting has not taught Gawker media how to write about being in court, either.