Kesha Speaks Out About Dr. Luke Trial: 'This Is About Being Free from My Abuser'
"This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract," Kesha posted on Facebook
The singer, 28, took to social media Wednesday, posting a lengthy statement on Facebook thanking her music peers whom have spoken out in support, as well as explaining why the case is so important to her.
The statement, in full, reads:
“I’m so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I’ve received from everyone. Words cannot really express the emotions I’ve gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.
“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. 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.
Yes, I am very much a feminist, but more than that, I am a humanist. I believe in supporting my fellow human beings in being SAFE. We’re all in this together. You are not alone. I love you and thank you.”
Luke’s attorney, Christine Lepera, said in a statement regarding the Facebook post: “Tellingly, Kesha continues to evade the under oath sworn testimony of no abuse from her and her mother – and the video of their testimony speaks a thousand words.” (On Tuesday, a 2011 video deposition of Kesha saying Luke “never made sexual advances at me” and did not roofie her leaked on Tuesday. In 2014, Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos commented on the deposition, saying, “As detailed in our complaint, [Dr.] Luke walked Kesha down the beach and threatened to destroy Kesha’s life and the lives of her family if she didn’t cover up his sexual assaults in a 2011 deposition.”)
In 2014, Kesha sued Luke (born Lukasz Gottwald, 42), alleging he drugged and raped her and has verbally and emotionally abused her for a decade. Luke has long denied the accusations, claiming the allegations are an extortion plot and smear campaign to get Kesha released from her multi-record deal with Luke.
Luke took to social media on Monday to deny the rape allegations in a Twitter diatribe, posting: “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister . . . It’s sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue.”
The social media drama kicked into gear Friday, after a New York Supreme Court judge shot down Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to record and release music outside of her contracts with Luke.