Last Friday, Kesha lost her lawsuit against Dr. Luke, the music producer she said has abused her “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally.” A New York judge denied a court injunction that would have allowed Kesha to record new music outside of her record label, Sony Music, and working with producer Dr. Luke.
Fans and fellow celebrities have rallied behind Kesha. After accepting a trophy at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, Adele acknowledged Kesha in her speech. “I’d like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha,” Adele said.
Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha “in show of support” to help the singer with any financial needs during this time.
Kesha penned a Facebook post Wednesday to express her gratitude for all the support and to encourage others to speak up if they are being abused.
“All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused,” Kesha wrote in her Facebook post. “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.”
Kesha also posted a selfie on Instagram on Tuesday, explaining, “The support I have received has left my face swollen from tears.”
On Friday, Kesha supporters will rally outside Sony’s New York City headquarters to demand the singer’s release from her label. “The #FreeKesha movement has shaken the pop culture community,” Care2 Online Organizing Strategist Lacey Kohlmoos said in a statement. “Whether or not Kesha’s music affected someone personally, this case represents the unfair treatment of sexual assault survivors around the globe. It is important for Sony to see the uproar they have caused, so protesters are bringing it right to their front door.”
Many female celebrities have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #FreeKesha to express their support, including Lady Gaga, Lorde, Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato. Fellow singer Bea Miller criticized the system for not protecting Kesha.
“We are not scared anymore of losing what we worked for, of being branded hysterical or difficult, of being targeted and silenced by men in power,” Dunham wrote in her essay. “The women in the music industry speaking out for Kesha are proof. And their words will reverberate, inspiring the young women watching them for clues about the good life to speak up too. Soon, no one will accept shame and fear as the status quo. And so, while Kesha is indefinitely silenced, her voice has never been louder.”
Women aren’t the only ones supporting Kesha. Rapper Wale retweeted Kesha, adding in some heart emojis, and YouTube stars Tyler Oakley and Troye Sivan also showed their support on Twitter. Producer Jack Antonoff offered to make music with Kesha.
Music producer Zedd also offered his creative services to the singer.
Dr. Luke spoke out on Twitter about the case, noting that he will not be disclosing much information outside of the court room.