Kesha posts emotional thank-you note, says ‘this is bigger than just me’
Pop singer Kesha wrote an emotional Facebook post on Wednesday, thanking her supporters and fans for standing by her during her case against Dr. Luke (a.k.a. Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald), an American music producer.
Kesha, 28, alleges that Dr. Luke, 42, drugged and raped her over 10 years ago while repeatedly abusing her physically and emotionally. Dr. Luke has denied the allegations, and on Monday posted a litany of tweets calling her accusations “outright lies.” Kesha is trying to get out of her contract with Dr. Luke and Sony Music.
In what has undoubtedly been a harrowing time, Kesha posted the following letter to her followers:
“Words cannot really express the emotions I’ve gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me,” she wrote. “I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love,” she continued. “Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.”
Big-name artists have spoken out on social media and in interviews in support of Kesha, including Adele, Taylor Swift (who apparently gave Kesha $250,000 for legal fees), Fiona Apple and Demi Lovato, among many others.
“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,” Kesha wrote. “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.”
The pop singer broke her social media silence Tuesday with this Instagram post, an earlier thank you to her fans.
Christine Lepera, attorney for Dr. Luke, said Kesha is “free to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to.” Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, called that an “elusive promise” on Twitter.
Kesha sought a preliminary injunction in the case, but was denied last week by a New York court.Follow @CJancelewicz
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