Kesha published a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday thanking fans and fellow musicians for their support during her ongoing lawsuit against music producer Dr. Luke, whom she alleges verbally and sexually assaulted her.
On Friday a judge ruled that Kesha could not be let go from her contract with Sony while her lawsuit plays out in court. Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) has always denied the accusations against him.
“All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused,” Kesha wrote. “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.”
Sony is open to having Kesha record without Dr. Luke, but her lawyer says that is an “illusory promise” and that such an arrangement would “do anything else except set her up for failure” as long as she is still signed to Luke’s Kemosabe label and has to work with people who report to him.
“At this point, this issue is bigger than just about me,” she writes. “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.”
Stars such as Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Fiona Apple have come to her defense on social media in the days since Friday’s ruling. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to the singer; Adele also publicly voiced her support for the singer at the Brit Awards on Wednesday.
“Words cannot really express the emotions I’ve gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me,” Kesha writes. “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.”
Read the full statement below: