Fresh off her big win and empowering speech at the Grammy Awards last week, Taylor Swift is making headlines once again for an interesting form of activism. The singing superstar has donated $250,000 to help Kesha continue her legal battle against Sony Music. On Friday, New York Supreme Court justice Shirley Kornreich ordered Kesha to complete her contract with Sony Music’s Kemosabe record label, which is run by Lukasz Gottwald, a producer whom Kesha sued in 2014 over sexual assault allegations. According to the contract, Kesha will have to record her next six albums working under a man she claims raped her. It’s a conundrum some have said could be ameliorated swiftly if Sony would simply release her from the contract. The company has refused thus far, taking the battle to court. Kornreich’s ruling on Friday denied Kesha’s request for a temporary injunction, which would’ve allowed her to record songs outside of her contract, until a final decision in the case is made. There’s a considerable legal road ahead for the singer, so an infusion of a quarter of a million dollars will be instrumental in seeing the case all the way through.
Swift hasn’t commented publicly on the donation, but the singer’s representative issued a statement to several news outlets, saying, “In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time.” The gesture drew praise on Twitter from none other than Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert. “A persons (sic) wealth is not measured by what they have but by WHO they help with it. And Taylor Swift is a truly RICH PERSON. Thank you.” In another tweet, Sebert added, “Most important for Kesha, is that these beautiful, powerful women are standing behind her, letting the world see how powerful the truth is!”
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