Several fellow pop artists have come out in support of Kesha after a Manhattan supreme court judge denied her requested request for an injunction against her record label Sony Music and producer Dr. Luke, who she claims sexually assaulted her for nearly a decade. Lorde and Demi Lovato have publicly backed Kesha through social media, while Taylor Swift donated $250,000 “to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time.”
Now, Lady Gaga has issued a lengthy statement in support of Kesha. Gaga, who herself was a victim of sexual assault, calls for an end to victim shaming. It’s “the very reason women don’t speak up for years is the fear that no one will believe them or their abuser has threatened their life or life of their loved ones/livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet and under control,” Gaga writes. “What happened to Kesha has happened to many female artists, including myself, and it will affect her for the rest of her life.”
“No one needs to validate Kesha,” she continues. “Why is victim always the ‘liar’? Why do we let people in a position of power get away with behaving inhumanely? These guys hide behind the legal system and it’s their litigious behavior that is precisely what they use to rape these girls. ‘Give me what I want or else I will come after you’ and they have all the money and the resources to do it.”
Meanwhile, Kesha has issued her own statement, marking her own public comments since last Friday’s court decision. “All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused,” she explains. “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,” she adds.
Dr. Luke (née Lukasz Gottwald) has denied Kesha’s accusations of sexual abuse, claiming her lawsuit is “extortion.”