Known as pop music’s glittery party girl, Kesha stunned the world with allegations that for years she had been sexually and physically abused and threatened by Dr. Luke, the music producer who shepherded her career. But last Friday, Kesha’s plea to get out of her contract with Dr. Luke was denied by a New York judge. According to The Daily Beast, Shirley Werner Kornreich, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge, said that releasing the singer from her contract would cause irreparable harm since she would no longer have to fulfill her obligation to make six more albums with Dr. Luke for the record label.
In response to this news, countless celebrities have used social media to show their support for Kesha. Demi Lovato tweeted, “#FreeKesha <3 this is only gonna make you stronger, you brave and beautiful girl. Prayers are with you.” Lady Gaga tweeted, “There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.” Lorde tweeted, “standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone.” Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has donated US$250,000 (around AU$348,000) to help with Kesha’s financial needs.
Lena Dunham, creator and star of the hit TV show “Girls,” is the latest female celebrity to publicly defend Kesha in her legal battle against Dr Luke. Yesterday, Dunham posted an article online that begins with the statement “When I saw the outcome of Kesha’s court case last Friday, I felt sick.” She went on to critique Kesha’s label Sony, writing “Sony could make this go away. But instead the company has chosen to engage in a protracted legal battle to protect Gottwald’s stake in Kesha’s future.”
The article also contains the statement “What’s happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers.” Dunham’s article has been shared on Facebook by Anne Hathaway. Hathway’s caption reads: “Dunham does a brilliant job …explaining the nightmare in which Kesha finds herself.” In just six hours, Hathaway encouraged 19,295 people to share Dunham’s article online.