By: Kristin Helf, Columnist
Celebrities and Kesha fans from all over the world have come together in support of the electropop singer, and it’s a beautiful thing.
On the off chance you’re unfamiliar, Kesha Rose Sebert filed a lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke, in 2014, claiming he sexually assaulted and emotionally manipulated her throughout the ten years they’d been working together. The lawsuit sought to release Kesha from her contract with her alleged abuser, under which she’d be required to release six more albums produced by Dr. Luke under the Sony label.
The response from the court judge in charge of the case is a little disturbing. While Dr. Luke denies all of the abuse that Kesha claims, the possibility that Kesha has been working with and silenced by her accused rapist for over 10 years is not even mentioned in the judge’s ruling. According to this judge, the amount of money that Dr. Luke invested in the singer’s career takes priority over her mental health, including the psychological and sexual abuse allegedly inflicted upon her—which, among other things, resulted in Kesha checking into rehab in 2014 for an eating disorder after, court documents say, verbal abuse from Dr. Luke.
But don’t lose all hope for the “Tik-Tok” singer just yet. In addition to fans protesting outside of the courtroom and popularizing the hashtag “#FreeKesha,” many high- profile celebrities are also voicing their support. Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Anne Hathaway are the latest, among Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Lily Allen, Halsey, HAIM, Best Coas and even rapper Wale.
Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to the cause to show of support and to help with any of Kesha’s financial needs during this trying time.
Musician and producer Jack Antonoff even offered to produce music with Kesha.
He tweeted, “…don’t know what the legal specifics are, but if you want to make something together & then leak it for everyone I’m around…or just make something and wait on it till that creep can’t block you anymore.”
Kesha responded to all the love sent her way by stating via her Instagram account. “I am beyond words in gratitude. thank you is not enough but it is all I have. a million times over and forever thank you. the support I have received has left my face swollen from tears.”
I have faith that more good souls like Swift and Antonoff will come forward and offer tangible support for the singer to help get her career back in motion. If Dr. Luke, Sony, and the judicial system try to prevent that from happening, I think (and hope) they’ll find an angry army of Kesha fans outside their door with torches and pitchforks in hand.