Kesha has received an outpouring of support as her contract dispute with Dr Luke continues
Adele collected her gong for ‘Best Female Artist’ and thanked everyone for the award but before leaving the stage she said: ‘I also want to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.’
Shortly after that Kesha released this statement on Facebook:
‘I’m so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I’ve received from everyone. Words cannot really express the emotions I’ve gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.
All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.
But at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me.
I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power.
Unfortunately I don’t think that my case is giving people who have
been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem.
But I just want to say that if you have been abused, please don’t be afraid to speak out. There are places that will make you feel safe. There are people who will help you. I for one, will stand beside you and behind you. I know now how this all feels and will forever fight for you the way perfect strangers have been fighting for me.
Yes, I am very much a feminist, but more than that, I am a humanist. I believe in supporting my fellow human beings in being SAFE.
We’re all in this together. You are not alone.
I love you and thank you.’
Wow those are powerful words from Kesha at this tough time.
But while those words moved so many, Adele wasn’t the only famous star to reach out to her fellow female singer though.
Prior to this Kesha received a pretty big show of support from Taylor Swift amidst her ongoing legal issues.
As the Tik Tok singer continues to fight against music producer Dr Luke and Sony, Taylor has given the singer a $250,000 donation to help her cause.
‘In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time,’ a spokesperson for Taylor, 26, tells E! News.
Tay isn’t the only star to join those supporting 28-year-old Kesha in the dispute following a court’s ruling that she wouldn’t be allowed a temporary break from her Sony contract and would have to work with Dr Luke if she wanted to make music.
Miley Cyrus has also vented her anger about the situation by posting an Instagram photo of a sign reading: ‘Kesha – I am so angry for you.
‘They were wrong. I’m so sorry.’
Here’s the story of the situation so far:
– In 2014 Kesha filed a lawsuit against songwriter and producer Dr Luke – real name Lukasz Gottwald – alleging that he had abused her physically and emotionally for many years, beginning when she first signed for him aged 18. She also cited this alleged abuse as the reason behind her developing an eating disorder, which she was treated for in rehab in early 2014.
– Dr Luke, 42, then asked a judge to dismiss the ‘defamatory’ allegations and filed his own complaint against Kesha, her mother Pebe Sebert and her manager Jack Rovner. He claimed in the suit that Kesha and Pebe used ‘defamatory statements in an attempt to extort [him] into releasing Kesha from her recording agreement.’
– In June 2015 Kesha added Sony Music as a defendant in the case as she claimed that they should be held responsible for the abuse she alleges to have suffered from Dr Luke.
– After her lawsuit was put on hold, Kesha’s legal team pushed for a preliminary injunction in September 2015 which would temporarily relieve her from her contractual obligations until the case was resolved, allowing her to make music without Dr Luke. It was argued that she’d no longer have a career if she was forced to wait years for the case to be resolved before she could record again.
– In February 2016 a judge denied the request. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said Sony would undergo irreparable harm if Kesha did not abide by a contract which demands she make six more albums, it was reported. The decision left Kesha in floods of tears in the courtroom, having earlier seemed hopeful in a Twitter post for her fans.
– After the ruling fans and celebrities alike showed their support for Kesha. Joining Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus in the Kesha camp were Demi Lovato, Lily Allen, Ariana Grande, Lorde and Kelly Clarkson.
Demi has blasted Taylor’s decision to silently donate $250,000 though, having appeared to make a dig at her Shake It Off star by Tweeting: ‘Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed.’
She also added in a rant on Instagram: ‘How the f**k am I making this about myself? At least I’m talking about it.
‘Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn’t grow up with money and def haven’t made as much as her. At least I speak up about s*** that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.’