Kesha was crushed after showing up for a court hearing last week only to hear that her injunction was denied and the “Tik Tok” singer would not be allowed to record music without Sony Records and Dr. Luke. Kesha fans immediately stepped up in support and the #FreeKesha hashtag has been trending on social media for days. Now it looks like several celebrities have stepped up in support of Kesha according to USA Today on Tuesday. That hasn’t stopped Dr. Luke’s campaign to exonerate himself with what he thinks is proof that Kesha is lying.
Superstars Taylor Swift, Lena Dunham and Lady Gaga have spoken out in support of Kesha. Swift even opened up her wallet and made a huge statement when she donated $250k to Kesha in order to help the singer with her legal battle. Taylor’s rep told E! News, “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.”
Lady Gaga tweeted her support of Kesha, saying, “There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.” Lena Dunham also took up for Kesha in a recent essay. “Kesha’s case is about more than a pop star fighting for her freedom, or a $60 million investment in a shiny commercial career,” she wrote. “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.”
Kesha never asked for money but she has made it clear that she is in fear of her career. As Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, has stated previously, the career of a pop star can be very short and with Kesha out of the spotlight for nearly two years now dealing with legal issues, she’s at risk of losing everything. The longer that Kesha goes without recording, the more of her fanbase drops off and eventually she will risk having nothing left of her career.
A judge ruled Friday that Kesha will not be let out of her contract because she is free to record with Sony Records but without her producer Dr. Luke. His lawyer, Christine Lepera, said in response to the #FreeKesha trend on Twitter, “[The court] found that Kesha is already ‘free’ to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t ‘free’ is a myth.”
Dr. Luke has also been busy defending himself. “Imagine if you or somebody you loved was publicly accused of a rape you knew they didn’t do. Imagine that,” the music producer tweeted. “I have 3 sisters, a daughter, and a son with my girlfriend, and a feminist mom who raised me right.” Dr. Luke claims that Kesha has taken contract negotiations too far and that the allegations of drugging, rape and abuse are all lies in an attempt to discredit him and get out of her contract.
Now it’s starting to look like the immense celebrity support behind Kesha might do more for her than the courts ever could. Sony is definitely feeling the pressure to let Kesha out of her contract so she can record elsewhere. Dr. Luke doesn’t want to give up because he feels that he has invested in Kesha’s career and therefore, should get to continue earning money from it. Many of Kesha’s fans argue that Dr. Luke doesn’t get to own Kesha despite any contract they might have.
Fun frontman Zack Antanoff and DJ Zedd both have come forward and offered to work with Kesha to find a way to make music without Sony or Dr. Luke. There are several offers on the table now and it looks like Kesha can stop worrying about the death of her career. Kesha’s courtroom loss may have turned into her biggest public relations win because now the chart-topper has more support than ever and it looks like she’ll be back to making music sooner rather than later.