Taylor Swift just gave Kesha a huge sum of money to aid the fellow pop singer in her legal battle to get out of a contract signed with producer Dr. Luke, whom the “Tik Tok” singer accused of drugging and raping her a decade ago.
“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,” said Tree Paine, Swift’s representative, in a statement to Billboard.
On Friday, Kesha was seen sobbing in court as a New York judge made the ruling denying Kesha the right to get out of the contract with Dr. Luke. Basically, the judge demanded of Kesha to honor the contract with Sony, which means that she’ll have to continue working with the megahit producer she accused of raping her.
Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald), has denied the allegations, claiming that Kesha has filed the lawsuit in order to wiggle out of the contract she signed with Kemosabe Records, which is a division of Sony.
“All of their horrific allegations of abuse, threats and other purported misconduct by me against Kesha are completely untrue and deeply hurtful,” said Dr. Luke in December.
In a sworn statement in August, Kesha filed a lawsuit accusing Dr. Luke of raping her a decade ago after she was given a pill that made her black out, of forcing her to not eat solid food for eight straight days for weight loss purposes, and of holding her career hostage as punishment for speaking up.
According to Kesha, the abuse she suffered caused her to develop an eating disorder as well as entertain suicidal thoughts. It got so bad for her that she was urged to spend 2 months in a rehabilitation clinic in 2014.
“I cannot work with this monster,” added Kesha in her statement.
After the court ruling, the judge’s decision led to an outpouring of support from Kesha’s fans as well as her fellow pop stars, most notably Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande. Out of all her fellow pop stars, Taylor Swift was the first one to provide Kesha some financial assistance.
Most notable is Demi Lovato’s tweet barrage in support of Kesha, whose tweets sounded like they were meant to throw shade at Taylor Swift for providing financial reward instead of speaking out about the issue.
After receiving backlash from Swift’s supporters, Demi Lovato defended herself by writing a comment on a Taylor Swift fan Instagram account, according to a report by Just Jared.
“How the f*ck am I making this about myself? At least I’m talking about it. 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 sh*t that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”
“There’s no ‘rivalry’ I just give more f*cks than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person,” Demi added.
Dr. Luke is a successful music producer who has worked with artists such as Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj. Kesha signed a contract with one of Dr. Luke’s companies in 2005. After five years, Kesha’s “Tik Tok” became the number 1 song in the country. She released two albums ever since, the last one being in 2012.
While Kesha continues to perform on live shows, the contract she signed became a burden to not just her, but also her career because of the fact that she can’t stand working with the producer whom she has accused of raping her.
Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, asked the New York judge on Friday to void the contract while the case is still ongoing. The request was turned down by the judge, who reasoned that Kesha “is being given the opportunity to record.”
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