Singer Kesha's harrowing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke (Luke Gottwald), who she alleges raped her at 18, came to a head last week when a judge ruled that Kesha could not back out from her six-album deal with Sony to avoid working with Gottwald again. The decision was roundly criticized in the media and by her fans, and female celebrities from Taylor Swift to Demi Lovato are publicly supporting Kesha during this difficult time.
Quickly after the court's decision, Lovato tweeted that she stood by Kesha, who was not allowed to make new music while the case is in court. The next day, she fired off a series of tweets urging feminists to speak out and take action for women's rights.
"Frustrating to see women come forward with their past only to be shot down, not believed & disrespected for their bravery in taking action," Lovato wrote. "Someone tell me why anyone would ever feel brave enough to come forward if they are most likely to be ignored or called a liar?"
There has been an outpouring of love and support for Kesha from other female celebs, including the likes of Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and Lorde. According to Swift's spokesperson, the pop star donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with the cost of legal fees.
In 2014, Kesha filed a civil lawsuit against Gottwald in which she claimed that the producer pressured her to drop out of high school after signing her at 18, abused her emotionally and psychologically while she was in rehab for an eating disorder that year, and caused "severe depression, post-traumatic stress, social isolation, and panic attacks." The lawsuit also alleged that Gottwald drugged and raped her shortly after her 18th birthday in California.
The court's decision last week dealt a blow to the singer, but the support she has from other women in the industry is, as Kesha's mom tweeted, "most important."
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