Taylor Swift donates $350k to Kesha for legal battle against Dr Luke

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Amy Croffey

It seems Taylor Swift is putting her money where her mouth is, publicly donating $350,000 to help with fellow singer Kesha’s legal battle against music producer Dr Luke.

“Taylor Swift has just generously donated [$US] $250,000 to Kesha, as a show of support during this difficult time. AMAZING!!” Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert tweeted, while Swift’s spokespeople also confirmed the handout to E! News.

The news comes just 18 hours after Demi Lovato calling Swift out on social media for not publicly acknowledging Kesha’s case against Sony and the music producer, whom she alleges sexually and physically abused her.

However, Lovato expresses on Twitter that Swift shouldn’t stay silent on the matter:

“Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” she added.

The Tik Tok singer, real name Kesha Rose Sebert, 28, cried on Friday as New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich upheld her recording deal, despite her claims her career had been put on hold because she could no longer work with the leading producer and songwriter, who has also worked with Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Pink and Rihanna.

Kesha filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against producer Dr Luke in October 2014, accusing him of subjecting her to sexual, physical and emotional abuse for over a decade and once forcing her to take an illlegal drug, after which he “forced” himself on her during a flight. She has also claimed his actions led to her 60-day stint in the Timberline Knolls rehab clinic in Illinois two years ago.

Dr Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, hit back with his own countersuit for defamation and extortion, alleging the singer and her mother, Sebert, had threatened to go public with various stories about his alleged inappropriate behaviour unless he released her from the management contract she signed with him when she was 18.

Kesha’s injunction request read in part, “I know I cannot work with Dr. Luke. I physically cannot. I don’t feel safe in any way.”

However, the judge dismissed her argument, ruling she is able to work with another producer under Sony: “You’re asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.”

She added, “My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing.”

Lorde, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande were among the famous faces who used the hashtag “#FreeKesha”, but it was Lovato who shouted the loudest with over a dozen tweets on the subject.

#FreeKesha this is only gonna make you stronger, you brave and beautiful girl. Prayers are with you,” Lovato wrote.

While Lady Gaga added: “The difference between how they treat women and how they treat men is shocking! #FreeKesha #SonySupportsRape.”

“My thoughts are with @KeshaRose today. I’m sorry you’ve had to endure this experience,” Allen said.

Dr Luke deletes Kesha picture

A day after a judge ruled that Kesha could not exit her contract, social media users were quick to point out that Dr Luke had deleted a picture of her, which bore the caption: “Damn my artists work hard!”, from his Twitter account.

The picture of a sleeping Kesha was posted at 3.21am on October 13, 2010.

He has not used his social media to comment on the case, but instead to retweet irrelevant posts.

 

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