On Friday, a Manhattan supreme court judge denied Kesha’s request for an injunction against her record label Sony Music and producer Dr. Luke, who she claims sexually assaulted her for nearly a decade.
Following the ruling, a number of Kesha’s pop contemporaries have leant their support. Chief among them is Taylor Swift, who has donated $250,000 to Kesha “to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time.”
A source connected to Swift told Rolling Stone that “When Taylor saw the heartbreaking courtroom photos of Kesha, it was then that she knew she needed to do something.”
Update – Monday, February 22nd at 3:05 p.m. CT: Over the weekend Lovato tweeted, “I’m also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women’s rights,” leading some to believe she was talking about Swift. Swift’s camp has denied that her donation was spurred on by Lovato’s comments.
Over the course of the day, Lovato has appeared to take more swipes at Swift. “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” she tweeted. In a subsequent Instagram posting, Lovato wrote, “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 shit that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct. There’s no ‘rivalry’ I just give more fucks than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPER than throw money at one person.”
She continued, “I didn’t shade Taylor. If you take it that way than fine. I’m just tired of seeing women use ‘women empowerment’ and ‘feminism’ to further brands without actually being the ones that have the uncomfortable conversations. I get shade and I don’t give a fuck because someone has to be the one to take it.”
Keshafiled her lawsuit against Sony and Dr. Luke (née Lukasz Gottwald) in 2014. Gottwald discovered and signed Kesha to his record label in 2005 when she was just 18 years old. Almost immediately, Kesha alleges, Gottwald began sexually abusing her.
Defending her decision, Judge Kornreich said that granting an injunction would result in Sony suffering “irreparable harm,” as the label would never receive the remaining six Kesha albums required by the contract. Additionally, the judge said that nullifying the original record deal would “undermine the state’s laws governing contracts.”
In response to the civil lawsuit two years ago, Gottwald called Kesha “a liar” and accused her of extortion. To this day, he has yet to be criminally charged.