What Has Dr. Luke Said About The #FreeKesha Movement? He Denies All Allegations
After Kesha was denied an injunction against her producer, Dr. Luke, it seemed as though the entire internet (and a number of celebrities) came to her defense. #FreeKesha became the easiest way to show support for the singer who claims she's locked into a contract with a man who abused her. What has Dr. Luke said about #FreeKesha? It appears as though he's staying quiet, but his legal team went on the attack.
Here's what happened: Kesha recorded two albums under Sony Music-owned Kemosabe Records with Dr. Luke as producer, according to The Washington Post. Kesha started treatment for bulimia in January 2014, around the same time complaints about Dr. Luke being overtly controlling began to surface. In October of the same year, Kesha filed suit to try to end her contract, alleging that Dr. Luke both drugged and raped her. She also made the accusation that his emotional abuse caused her bulimia. Dr. Luke followed up with a countersuit for defamation and denied all of Kesha's allegations. On Friday, Kesha was denied a preliminary injunction; for now, that means she can only record with Kemosabe Records, even if Dr. Luke isn't directly producing her music. Images of Kesha crying in the courtroom galvanized fans and other celebrities to show their solidarity with the hashtag #FreeKesha.
There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 19, 2016
Trying 2 not say anything since I can't say anything nice about a person... so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke https://t.co/lLhtUHbmgG— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 19, 2016
So far, Dr. Luke has refrained from public comment. He last tweeted on Feb. 15, responding to a story about another one of his artists, Sophie Rose.
Dr. Luke's lawyers released a new statement Monday, Rolling Stone reported. In it, attorney Christine Lepara accused Kesha of manipulating public sentiment in order to secure a contract renegotiation:
Kesha continues to have international support. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha in order to help with the singer's expenses, according to USA Today. Dr. Luke's legal team may be firing back at the singer, but it seems as though she's still got plenty of powerful people in her corner.