“Tik Tok” singer Kesha spoke out Friday for the first time since she was denied an injunction to be released from her Sony contract with music producer Dr. Luke. The star took to Instagram Tuesday to share her gratitude. She received support from fans and fellow celebrities — like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, to name a few.
“I am beyond words in gratitude,” she captioned a close-up selfie. “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 love you all so much.” Kesha, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, added that “a statement too large for this format is coming.”
The singer, 28, claimed Dr. Luke physically and mentally abused her. In her lawsuit, she asked she be released from her contact with Sony. “I have nothing left to hide,” she wrote last week, before the trial took place. “I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. This is not just for me. This is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. Sexually. Emotionally. Mentally. I had to tell the truth.”
Dr. Luke, whose birth name is Lukasz Gottwald, denied he raped Kesha in a Twitter rant Monday. “Kesha and I made a lot of songs together, and it was often good but there were creative differences at times.” He added, “It’s sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue.”
Fans started a GoFundMe page titled “Free Kesha” to raise money to buy her contract from Sony. With a goal of $2 million, fans have raised nearly $20,000. Swift reportedly donated $250,000 to the cause, which surprisingly caused an outburst from Lovato.
“Not everyone has 250k [sic] to just give to people,” Lovato said, taking aim at Swift. “Would love to, but I didn’t grow up with money and def [sic] haven’t made as much as her. At least I speak up about s--- that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”
As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn't say. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories. They're more likely to face retaliation and harassment than to see justice being served. Especially women. It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men. All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society. Everyone has their own way of giving support to others , and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters. Ultimately, the message I want people to hear is it's okay to come forward with your abuse and if you do decide to take action, you are not alone.
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