The recent outburst of feminists, females, and fans on social media has brought copious amounts of support and attention to singer Kesha and her fight to free herself of a contract binding her to her alleged abuser, Lukasz Sebastian “Dr. Luke” Gottwald.
The issue began in an interview Kesha had with the Rolling Stone Magazines in October 2013, where she stated that she felt she had no control over her music. The following year Kesha was admitted into a rehabilitation clinic due to the eating disorder bulimia nervosa.
Later in 2014 she made the decision to sue Gottwald for assault and rape. The lawsuit is looking for monetary reparations to be made for the abuse and for the termination of the contract between her and Sony Music Entertainment, which requires the production of three more albums.
Gottwald claimed the allegations were false and were part of a scheme for the singer to get out of her contract without completing her end of the agreement and responded with a countersuit for defamation.
The reason the case has been trending lately is due to the judge denying the injunction made by Kesha’s lawyer that would allow her to temporarily break her contract with Sony and be able to record outside the label.
Kesha’s lawyer argued that not recording for a long period of time could negatively affect the pop star, but the judge did not see it as necessary to go against a contract that is “heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.” The judge also took into account that Sony had agreed to let her record with a different producer.
This caused an immense outburst of rage on social media and resulted in a large increase of supporters for Kesha. The #FreeKesha hashtag went viral on the Internet and even reached celebrities like Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato.
“#FreeKesha This is only going to make you stronger, you brave and beautiful girl. Prayers are with you @kesharose,” Lovato tweeted.
Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift not only publicly voiced her support, but also donated $250,000 to help Kesha during her difficult times. A Twitter account was also created to support the pop star called the “Kesha Recovery Team,” solely dedicated to support Kesha.
As for Gottwald, while there is no evidence to prove he did abuse Kesha and the rule is “innocent until proven guilty,” he is still facing hostility and attacks made by people who support Kesha’s case.
While the injunction was an important battle, the war is far from over and the case could take anywhere from months to years for it to reach a final conclusion.