Taylor Swift has stepped up with a prompt response to the challenges faced by Kesha. Taylor donated $250,000 after the singer’s attempt to stop her contract with Dr. Luke was rejected in a New York City court, reported Us Weekly.
And while many musicians headed to social media to show support, Swift used her money to try to make a difference.
“In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 [for] any of her financial needs during this trying time,” said her representative.
Kesha’s mother reached out to thank Taylor.
“A person’s wealth is not measured by what they have but by WHO they help with it. Taylor Swift is a truly RICH PERSON. Thank you. Most important…is that these beautiful powerful women are standing behind her, letting the world see how powerful the truth is!”
The lawsuit filed in October 2014 by the 28-year-old singer alleged that producer Dr. Luke, 42, was abusive, and had been so since she initially signed on when she was 18. Among Kesha’s claims were that the producer forced her to take drugs and drink alcohol and then use her affected state for sexual advances. The singer even recalled waking up one morning in his bed naked, feeling sick, sore, and without any memory of how she got there.
In response, the producer charged that the singer and her representatives are trying to extort him to free her from her contract. The singer’s preliminary injunction was rejected by a New York Supreme Court judge on the grounds that the producer had agreed to allow her to record without having him involved. No ruling has been issued yet as to whether the case will be dismissed.
In addition to the money donated by Taylor Swift, celebrities ranging from Lady Gaga to Kelly Clarkson posted their support on social media.
But then Demi Lovato stepped in with a different take on the donation Taylor chose to make, reported Salon.
“Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” tweeted Demi.
Why throw shade? Demi defended that impression.
“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 s__t that’s uncomfortable rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7… I didn’t shade Taylor… I’m just tired of seeing women use ‘women empowerment’ and ‘feminism’ to further brands without actually being the ones that have uncomfortable conversations.”
As to why Taylor donated money rather than take to Twitter with her own statement on the situation, Swift is in an awkward position. Having signed a publishing deal Sony/ATV when she was 15, Taylor also has recently worked with Dr. Luke’s pal Max Martin.
Thus far, Kesha’s recording contract with Sony Music’s Kemosabe Records and producer Dr. Luke has been upheld by New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich. That means the singer is not free to seek contracts with other publishing and recording companies.
“She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music,” said her attorney Mark Geragos. “[She] cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships, or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen.”
Moreover, added the lawyer, if the Court does not issue the injection, the singer could end up without hope of a career return.
“[She] will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return,” warned the attorney
And despite the seeming diss by Demi, Kesha’s appreciation for the support, including the donation of money by Taylor Swift, is sincere, a source told Hollywood Life.
“Kesha’s emotions have been all over the place and the outpouring of support has meant more than anything,” said the source. “She is blown away by everyone’s words, support and the donation. That was the icing on the cake.”
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