Stars, Students Stand With Kesha Amid Sony Battle

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After a New York judge’s decision to deny pop star Kesha a Sony Music contract termination Feb. 19, despite the singer allegedly having been sexually abused by her producer, both celebrities and fans are publically supporting Kesha during her time of difficulty.

The “Tik Tok” hit maker has been trying to get out of her six-album contract since 2014. She claims her producer Lucasz Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke, sexually, physically and emotionally abused her. Sony argued that she would not have to work with Gottwald in future ventures, but Kesha still does not feel comfortable with the decision.

The ruling sparked a national support campaign. Fellow musicians –  including Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Lorde and Demi Lovato – have taken to social media to rally behind Kesha. Adele even used her acceptance speech at the recent Brit Awards as a chance to publically announce her support for the singer.

Actress Lena Dunham also penned an open letter to express her disgust with the court order.

“What’s happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers,” Dunham wrote.

Others have offered more direct aid. Taylor Swift presented Kesha with $250,000 to “help with any of her financial needs during this trying time,” a spokesperson for Swift told Rolling Stone. Zedd and Jack Antonoff have also offered to produce music with her.

Fans also started a petition in efforts to “urge Sony Music to release Kesha from her contract with Kemosabe Records.”

In addition. university students also express discontent with the ruling.

“It’s sad because she’s not looking for revenge on her abuser to send him to jail or anything,” freshman hearing and speech sciences major Michele Liquori said. “She just doesn’t want to work with him or be around him.”

Students have also taken notice to how much encouragement Kesha has received but are left questioning how this outpouring of affection will influence the advancement of her career.

“I think what’s happening with the Kesha situation is really awful and I am happy so many celebrities are voicing their support, but at the same time I feel like there is more to the contract than people realize so it is going to be difficult for the verdict to be overturned,” freshman letters and sciences major Lucas Thomson, said.

The singer’s future is unclear, but one thing is for sure: the public stands with Kesha.

“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,” Kesha wrote in a statement posted on Facebook. “I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love.”