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Kesha Cleared by Dr. Luke to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

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Singer Kesha has been given permission from her label head Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, to perform on the Billboard Music Awards, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Her former mentor initially gave the award show written consent for the performance, but then rescinded authorization after rumors circulated that Kesha would address their ongoing legal battle and longstanding accusations of sexual abuse.

“Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith,” Gottwald said in a statement to the Associated Press.

“Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation,” he added. Gottwald, who is credited with discovering Kesha at age 17, is head of both the record label and publishing entity to which Kesha is signed, Kemosabe Records and Prescription Song, respectively.

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the annual show, said, “We are pleased that Kesha and Kemosabe Records have reached an agreement and very much look forward to having Kesha perform on the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday night on ABC.”

A May 11 report from TMZ cited a source saying Kesha intended to use the platform to discuss her ongoing issues with Gottwald, even showing images of him during her act.

Both parties are embroiled in an ongoing contract dispute, one that has Kesha seeking release from her overall deal with the producer. Given a lack of evidence for the abuse allegations, a New York State Supreme Court judge has thus far sided with Gottwald.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air this Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC.