Kesha Just Broke Her Silence After Losing the Rights to Her Own Voice
Pop sensation Kesha Rose sent a touching message to her fans — breaking her silence for the first time since a New York Supreme Court judge ruled she must keep her music contract with Dr. Luke, a man she claims sexually abused her for years.
In the Instagram post below, she says fans should expect an even bigger statement from her coming soon.
Kesha said the producer allegedly drugged and raped her when she was 18 years old in addition to other allegations of drug coercion and physical abuse. Dr. Luke has refused to break the contract and denied the allegations of rape.
Kesha must now continue to work under Sony and Kemosabe, a record label run by Dr. Luke, who used to be a longtime mentor. And according to the recent ruling, Kesha is not protected from legal action if she released new music outside of her contracts. Her lawyers have stated the lawsuit could ruin her career, now held at a halt.
Since the controversial ruling, Taylor Swift has committed to donating $250,000 to Kesha as a "show of support." A spokesperson for Swift told E! Online that the donation is meant to help with any of her financial needs during this time.
And several female musicians including Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Ariana Grande, and Kelly Clarkson, have also stepped forward to show their support for Kesha, tweeting messages of empowerment and advocating on behalf of Kesha.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 20, 2016
standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone
— Lorde (@lorde) February 19, 2016
Trying 2 not say anything since I can't say anything nice about a person... so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke https://t.co/lLhtUHbmgG
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 19, 2016
There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 19, 2016
My heart is with @KeshaRose.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 19, 2016
Kesha's mother praised Swift's donation.
A persons wealth is not measured by what they have but by WHO they they help with it. And Taylor Swift is is a truly RICH PERSON.
— keshas mom (@grannywrapper) February 22, 2016
The case has garnered criticism of courts ruling in favor of corporate interests rather than valuing human rights violations. In a recent analysis piece by Jezebel, the writer concludes: "When a woman as powerful and high status as Kesha can't win, the rest of us stand even less of a chance."
Others have taken to social media to express their outrage against the ruling in Kesha's case using hashtag, #FreeKesha:
— Kesha's Crazy Kid (@KeshaDelSlay) February 22, 2016
Happy to see so many female celebrities show support for Kesha, but where are the men? Sexual assault is your issue. #FreeKesha
— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) February 22, 2016
— Chelsea Briggs (@Chelsea_Briggs) February 22, 2016
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