Lady Gaga Says Kesha Is 'Being Very Publicly Shamed' for Claims in Dr. Luke Lawsuit
Talking about her Oscars performance of the sexual assault-inspired ballad “Til It Happens to You” on 97.1 AMP Radio, Lady Gaga’s conversation with Carson Daly on Monday led to Kesha’s ongoing lawsuit against Dr. Luke, whom she alleges drugged and raped her. (Luke vehemently denies the allegations and is countersuing for breach of contract and defamation.)
“I think that people should just know that there’s so much more than what meets the eye in a case like that,” said Gaga, 29, who has opened up about being raped when she was 19 by someone in the industry. “I feel like she’s being very publicly shamed for something that happens in the music industry all the time, to women and men. I just want to stand by her side because I can’t watch another woman that went through what I’ve been through suffer.”
Last month, PEOPLE obtained an edited video clip from a source close to Luke of a 2011 deposition in which Kesha said “Dr. Luke never made sexual advances at me.” (Kesha’s attorney, Mark Geragos, reissued a statement, calling the leaked testimony “a pathetic attempt to once again blame his victim. He threatened to destroy Kesha’s life and the lives of her family if she didn’t cover up his sexual assaults.”)
After a February hearing where a judge denied Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to record new music without Dr. Luke for the time being as her lawsuit continues, many pop stars, including Gaga, took to social media to support the singer. A few days after the decision, Gaga shared a photo on Instagram of herself and Kesha.
“I talk to her every day. I’m friends with her personally, and what I’m watching her go through is not only something I’ve been through but something that’s really devastating to witness,” Gaga told Daly of the “TiK ToK” singer (born Kesha Rose Sebert). “Somebody that has such a beautiful light within them, so much talent to give – just to see that light burn out because they feel that no one’s listening to them, I feel that it’s my responsibility to stand up for her when there’s a lot of people that are not listening to her plea for love, for people to have compassion and empathy.”
Following Gaga’s Oscars performance, Kesha took to Twitter to thank Gaga “for bringing attention to sexual assault.” Luke’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, released a statement at the time, saying: “Ms. Sebert, who in sworn videotaped testimony from 2011 stated that she had never been sexually abused or drugged by Dr. Luke, is neither a victim nor the appropriate person to be held up as an example for this important issue.”
“I won’t put words in their mouths, but I think it is probably as scary for them as it is for me to see so much shaming happen to females in the business that are so talented because they’re just not in as much of a position of power as the people who are speaking up against them,” Gaga said.
And the “Bad Romance” singer added she’ll stand with Kesha through the lawsuit.
“We’re going to shake the tree until that leaf that has Kesha on it falls. I care about her,” she said, comparing the music industry to other occupations. “In any other business, if you were to report that anything happened to you to the human resources department, it would be dealt with. But we don’t have a human resources department, we don’t have a union as artists, we’re just fighting for ourselves. If we don’t stick together, our voices just won’t be heard.”
Luke’s rep did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.