March 10, 2016
Kesha has been a huge pop sensation for the past decade, so when breaking news was released that she had been mentally and physically abused for many of the past few years of her career, the story captured the hearts of millions of people. Not only have her fans been reacting by making #freekesha a trending tag on Twitter, but even celebrities have been posting away in support of Kesha.
Lukasz Gottwald, Kesha’s music producer whom she has a contract with, is the man who has been accused of abusing Kesha since she signed onto a deal with him when she was just 18 years old. She claims she had been forced to use drugs and alcohol to remove her defenses, and he denies every bit of accusation currently facing him. After ten years of sexual, mental, and physical abuse, Kesha finally decided to speak out against Gottwald in court where they ruled that she must continue riding out her contract through Sony with Gottwald for another six albums.
Photos of Kesha sobbing in the courtroom are what really got the media roaring with the claim “That is not the face of a liar.” People also brought attention to the fact that Zayn Malik was enabled to leave the boy band One Direction simply because he was unhappy, but Kesha is prohibited from escaping her partnership with her Lukasz. She does not even want to press charges on Gottwald or make him face punishment for his abuse.
Kesha states in many of her social media posts that she spoke up to inspire others to do the same. Her bravery motivated many other celebrities to carry on the encouragement and spread the word to get more women to speak out against their abusers. Celebrities such as Adele, Halsey, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Janelle Monae, Lorde, Demi Lovato, and Iggy Izalea have tweeted out their support to Kesha. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 directly to Kesha to help her through any financial troubles she maybe having due to trial expenses. Singer Lady Gaga also made a performance at the Grammy’s accompanied by dozens of sexual abuse survivors, once again spreading awareness.
Kesha is still currently fighting to be released from her contract and to find a way to prove Gottwald did indeed sexually abuse her. There is no proof right now, but millions of fans and friends of the inspirational Kesha have faith that she will get justice and be that she will be set free from her abuser. As of now, Kesha is stuck with her court-ruling to stay in the contract with Luckasz for the production of six more albums.
“I’m so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I’ve received from everyone. Words cannot really express the emotions I’ve gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.
All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser. But at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me.
I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power. Unfortunately I don’t think that my case is giving people who have been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem.
Yes, I am very much a feminist, but more than that, I am a humanist. I believe in supporting my fellow human beings in being SAFE. We’re all in this together. You are not alone. I love you and thank you.”
–taken from Kesha’s official Facebook page