Lena Dunham is coming forward to express her disgust about the ruling in the case of music producer Dr. Luke and recording artist Kesha. In a lawsuit, Kesha claims that Dr. Luke had sexually and emotionally abused her.
The list of accusations from Kesha is lengthy, with one accusation stating that Dr. Luke made her drop out of high school and leave her life behind. Dunham has decided to come forward to voice her support for Kesha, whose lawsuit was ruled in favor of Dr. Luke and Sony.
As the Inquisitr reported, Kesha was desperate to get out of her contract with Sony, who owns Dr. Luke’s production company. She’s now tasked with recording six albums under the record label, who, reportedly, turned a blind eye to the abuse she allegedly endured by Dr. Luke. Although she doesn’t have to work with Dr. Luke directly, he’s still employed by Sony, and he still has a stake in Kesha’s continued relationship with Sony.
After the ruling, many stars came forward to stand up in support of Kesha. The hashtag #FreeKesha continues to trend on Twitter since the ruling was made. Dunham is just another voice in a chorus of many.
— Henry Clark (@henryclark624) February 23, 2016
In a Lenny letter, a newsletter curated by Dunham, the star, creator, and writer of Girls openly reacted to the news of Kesha’s ruling.
In the essay titled, “Why Kesha’s Case Is About More Than Kesha,” Dunham writes, “When I saw the outcome of Kesha’s court case last Friday, I felt sick. Actually sick — I wanted to ask my Uber to pull over so I could throw up in a New York City trash can. The photos of her beautiful face crumpled with tears, the legally necessary but sickening use of the word ‘alleged’ over and over in reference to the assault she says she remembers so vividly — it all created a special brand of nausea that comes when public events intersect with your most private triggers.”
Dunham continued, highlighting an argument made by many in the case of Kesha’s legal battle.
“What’s happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers.”
The Girls creator went through her own dealing with sexual abuse. In her book of essays, Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham explains that she was raped by a guy named “Barry” after leaving a party drunk and high on Xanax and cocaine. At the time, she said she didn’t realize it was rape, and she tried to convince herself that she wanted it to happen.
Time went on to state that Dunham’s inebriated state meant that she was in no way, shape, or form able to make a sound decision for herself.
“Dunham — drunk and high — was in no condition to consent according to the new rules being implemented at many campuses across the country. And in Dunham’s second story, the thrown away condom and Barry’s aggressiveness make it clear that he did not care about what Dunham wanted.
“It’s her roommate that first tells her the encounter was a rape, though Dunham doesn’t believe her.”
Since opening up about her own story of rape, Dunham has been an open advocate of campus reform when it comes to sexual assault. That said, Dunham has also been accused of lying about her rape.
Conservative outlet Breitbart wrote, “Dunham drops close to a dozen specific clues about the identity of the man she alleges raped her as a 19-year-old student… [but] [u]nder scrutiny, Dunham’s rape story didn’t just fall apart, it evaporated into pixie dust and blew away.”
In response, Dunham wrote an essay on Buzzfeed, saying that she didn’t make up the claim.
In it, she writes, “When I finally decided to share my story, it had ambiguities and gray areas, because that’s what I experienced, because that’s what so many of us have experienced.”
She continued, “The ways I’ve been attacked for sharing my story show how far we have to go when discussing sexual assault.”
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