The actress-singer, 29, attended the 88th Academy Awards Sunday to perform her sexual-assault-inspired track “Til It Happens to You,” which is nominated for Best Original Song.
“@kesharose I’ll be thinking of u 2nite. This is not over we’ll stand by u until you are free to live a HAPPY life. Everyone deserves that,” Gaga Tweeted hours before the show.
Kesha, 28, is currently embroiled in a legal battle with her longtime producer Dr. Luke, whom she alleges drugged and raped her and emotionally and verbally abused her for a decade. Luke, 42, vehemently denies the accusations and is countersuing for breach of contract and defamation.
On Feb. 19, a New York judge shot down Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to record music outside of Luke’s purview.
Upon the judge’s decision, Gaga was one of the first of many A-list entertainers to take to social media to support Kesha. Then, earlier this week, the pop peers spent time together, as Gaga posted a picture of them holding hands on Instagram, with the caption “free Kesha.”
Gaga and hitmaker Diane Warren co-wrote “Til It Happens to You” for the campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground, and both have been vocal about their own assaults: Gaga was raped at 19, while Warren molested at 12.
“It’s such an important song to me. One in five women will be raped before the time they finish college. One in 20 men will be raped before they finish their schooling at their university … It is something that is deeply connected to my heart, Gaga said during ABC’s Oscars pre-show. “I am myself a survivor. Diane Warren is herself a survivor of sexual violence, and we’re here tonight and very grateful to the Academy for giving us this world stage to reward survivors for being brave and coming forward. I’m just really happy to be here.”
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Before taking the stage for her “Til It Happens to You,” Gaga also thanked her fiancé Taylor Kinney on social media.
“I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me. He’s stood by me all night proud and unashamedly. THATS a real man,” she captioned an Instagram photo.