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Abuse of power

Lena Dunham defends Kesha against Dr. Luke in open letter

By WITW Staff on February 23, 2016

Girls co-creator Lena Dunham took to her newsletter, Lenny, to voice support for the singer Kesha in her legal dispute with Sony Music. Dunham becomes the latest celebrity to take sides in the high-profile battle. A New York Supreme Court justice on Friday denied Kesha’s request for a temporary injunction, forcing the pop star to remain in her contract with Kemosabe, which is run by Lukasz Gottwald, a music producer known as Dr. Luke, whom the singer has leveled rape accusations against. In her open letter, Dunham took broad swipes at the justice system, writing, “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 also takes issue with the fact that Sony has said Kesha wouldn’t have to work directly with Dr. Luke. She points out that since she’ll be recording songs for Dr. Luke’s label, Sony Music subsidiary Kemosabe, the producer could effectively control the trajectory of her career by marginalizing the records she makes. “Imagine someone really hurt you, physically and emotionally. Scared you and abused you, threatened your family,” Dunham writes. “The judge says that you don’t have to see them again, BUT they still own your house. So they can decide when to turn the heat on and off, whether they’ll pay the telephone bill or fix the roof when it leaks. After everything you’ve been through, do you feel safe living in that house? Do you trust them to protect you?” Dunham goes on to point out that some 98 percent of abusive relationships involve some form of financial abuse. On Monday, Dr. Luke broke his silence about Kesha’s allegations, saying in a series of tweets, “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”

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