Kesha has been denied her request to be released from her recording contract with producer Dr. Luke. In the aftermath of the court ruling, fellow music artists have voiced their support on Twitter including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Lorde, and many others. Find out what’s being said and get the latest details of this legal battle.
Yes, it’s been a long, long battle in the legal system for the 28-year-old pop music star, formerly known as Ke$ha, who first rose to fame with ‘Tik Tok,’ the ubiquitous international hit single.
Now this latest development as The New York Daily News reports, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge has denied an injunction that would release her from the contract with Dr. Luke and Sony Music.
The judge said in part, “You’re asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry. There has been no showing of irreparable harm.”
This is despite Kesha’s allegations of sexual assault against Dr. Luke. She alleges he drugged and raped her in 2006 shortly after her 18th birthday. In essence, it means she must continue working with her abuser. Although Sony has said she can work with another producer, her lawyer contends that the company will not sufficiently promote her music as it is more heavily invested, in contrast, with Dr. Luke. His lawyer has said in a written statement, in part that the allegations “were asserted solely to extort money and gain contractual leverage.”
The #FreeKesha hashtag is no exaggeration. It’s been years since Kesha has been able to release any music, as the legal battle has played out. For a creative artist these are absolutely intolerable circumstances. She herself took to Instgram, to reaffirm, saying, in part, “I have nothing left to hide. I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. this is not just for me. this is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. sexually. emotionally. mentally.”
It’s not a surprise that many have rallied to support her; fans who have staged literal rallies in New York City, and online around the world, fellow music artists have joined in.
Many music artists have taken to Twitter and Instagram to voice their support as ‘#FreeKesha continues to be a trending topic.
Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
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
standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone
— Lorde (@lorde) February 19, 2016
the fact that kesha has to choose to either freely make music or avoid the person who abused her is outrageous and degrading #freekesha
— bea (@BeaMiller) February 19, 2016
really disappointing to hear about this kesha case. no one should be denied freedom from their abuser, nor freedom of their creativity.
— ac (@alessiacara) February 19, 2016
Im not accusing anyone of anything, but i believe Kesha deserves the ability to move forward, create and earn a living.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 20, 2016
My thoughts are with @KeshaRose today. I'm sorry you've had to endure this experience.
— lily (@lilyallen) February 19, 2016
I don't even know what I would do… I only hope she can find peace and find a way to continue to create express herself without fear.
— HALSEY (@halsey) February 19, 2016
I send you love ❤️ @KeshaRose
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) February 19, 2016
If you don't see why this Kesha issue is a big deal, you're part of the problem. This is exactly why I speak up the way I do #FreeKesha
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) February 19, 2016
My heart is with @KeshaRose.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 19, 2016
I don't know all the facts, of course, but the bottom line is: it is a terrible feeling to not own your voice/ be able to release music.
— JoJo (@iamjojo) 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
Check back for the latest developments on the story and to see more reactions from music artists. #FreeKesha is a trending topic, but it’s also much more than that as it reveals to the world the sometimes incredulous conditions the artists are subjected to in the music industry. Kesha’s battle for artistic freedom continues to fuel much discussion.