Taylor Swift is the latest star to put her support—and in Swift’s case, a huge donation—behind fellow singer Kesha.
Country-turned-pop star Swift recently donated $250,000 to fellow pop star and Nashville native Kesha to aid in Kesha’s legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, according to E Online.
“In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time,” Taylor’s spokesperson Tree Paine said in a statement.
Kesha’s mom also confirmed the news by tweeting, “Taylor Swift has just generously donated $250,000 to Kesha, as a show of support during this difficult time. AMAZING!!”
Kesha’s mom also tweeted her gratitude for Swift’s support, saying, “A persons wealth is not measured by what they have but by WHO they help with it. And Taylor Swift is a truly RICH PERSON. Thank you,” she shared on social media. “Most important for Kesha, is that these beautiful, powerful women are standing behind her, letting the world see how powerful the truth is!”
Kesha filed a preliminary injunction motion that would allow her to release music outside of the authority of producer Dr. Luke, and would release her from her contract with Sony Music. The pop singer alleges that she was raped, and physically and verbally assaulted while working with the producer.
Kesha is signed with Dr. Luke’s publishing company, Prescription Songs, and label, Kemosabe Records (a Sony imprint). The contract requires he produce at least six songs on each of her albums, according to the New York Times. Kesha hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Warrior.
“Kesha Rose Sebert wants nothing more than to be able to record an album,” her lawyers wrote in the motion for preliminary injunction, which would block Sony and Dr. Luke from pursuing damages if she released music outside of her agreement. “Her only condition is that she be allowed to record with a record label that is not affiliated with someone who has emotionally and sexually abused her.”
State Supreme Court in Manhattan ruled on Friday (Feb. 19) that Kesha could not be released from her recording contract with Dr. Luke and Sony Music Entertainment, while the case is ongoing.
In a statement on Monday, Christine Lepera, a lawyer for Dr. Luke, said: “Kesha is already ‘free’ to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t ‘free’ is a myth.
“As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims.”
Other artists who have spoken out in support of Kesha include Lorde, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and more.
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