A Breakdown of Kesha’s Legal Battle

On February 19, Kesha lost a legal battle against Sony when a judge denied the request to break her contract. This news sparked outrage in the entertainment field—by fans and other artists. Fans organized a protest outside Sony, websites were made titled “#FreeKesha,” and a GoFundMe went viral.

Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to the fund in support of Kesha. Jack Antonoff and Zedd offered to produce new music with her. Lady Gaga has also been a big supporter in this pop star’s struggle.

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The root of the problem boils down to sex abuse and the music industry. Kesha has accused her former producer, Dr. Lukasz Gottwald, of sexual abuse. As a result, she sued to leave her record label to avoid working with him.

The outrage broke out because it seems as if the music industry isn’t doing anything to put a stop to sexual abuse. Kesha’s accusations began in January of 2014. After she checked into rehab for an eating disorder, she claims that it was primarily because of Dr. Luke. In October of that same year, the lawsuit was filed. He had allegedly abused her for nearly ten years. The lawsuit states: “Dr. Luke abused [Kesha] in order to destroy her self-confidence, self-image and self-worth so that he could maintain complete control over her life and career.” Claims were made that he would give her illicit drugs and medicine, she would wake up naked in his bed without any recollection of how she got there, and if she were to ever mention rape he would threaten to ruin her career.kesha-protest

Out of every 100 rapes, only 32 get reported to the police. Out of the accused, only seven lead to an arrest. This epidemic needs to stop. The judge should be on Kesha’s side—not ruling against her because there isn’t enough evidence. Kesha’s case can set the precedent for other victims of sexual assault. Share your thoughts on the story…

#FreeKesha

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Olivia intends to be a Journalism and Media Studies Major. You may know her as the girl belting show tunes, wearing pink, who stayed in on a Friday night so you could read this. Enjoy!

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