In February, Manhattan Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled that Kesha must keep her Sony contract with producer Dr. Luke intact, despite the singer's allegations of emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse. In late March, Kesha filed an appeal to the court's ruling. Her lawyer compared the situation, in which Kesha is legally obligated to work with her alleged abuser, to slavery.
But Kesha isn't alone in her fight. Female celebrities have proclaimed their support for Kesha on Twitter. And her fans have bought ads requesting that Sony dump Dr. Luke. The #FreeKesha movement is picking up steam — and its widespread media coverage is more than enough to keep a public relations team up at night.
On Sunday, Kesha wrote on Instagram that she had received a private offer that would let her out of her contract at a price.
"I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie," Kesha said. "I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped... THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again."
A spokesperson for Dr. Luke denied to Rolling Stone that such an offer was ever made, but if it was, Kesha will not be alone in having her allegations of rape and abuse swept under the rug. In recent years, both colleges and police departments have been accused of doing too little for victims, and believing too few.
With her brave Instagram reveal, Kesha didn't just refuse to stay silent — she spoke out and in doing so gave voice to every other person in her situation.
Her post will certainly serve as inspiration for other survivors fighting for their abusers to be held accountable for their actions.
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