Ties that bind

Kesha speaks out for the first time since court ruling

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After a New York court decided on Friday that Kesha would not be released from her contract with Sony and producer Dr. Luke, despite her allegations that he sexually assaulted her and the outpouring of public support that followed, the singer has spoken up about the case for the first time. In a statement posted to her Facebook page she thanked everyone who has shown their support and love, and fellow entertainers who “put their careers at stake” by standing by her, stating that all she ever wanted “was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused.”

On Monday, Dr. Luke and his lawyer had also publicly addressed the allegations, claiming they were false and merely a way for the pop singer to get out of her contract. Kesha categorically denies this, writing: “This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract — it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.”

She also expressed her concern that her case could negatively affect victims of abuse, making them lose confidence to speak out: “But I just want to say that if you have been abused, please don’t be afraid to speak out. There are places that will make you feel safe. There are people who will help you. I for one, will stand beside you and behind you. I know now how this all feels and will forever fight for you the way perfect strangers have been fighting for me.”

At Wednesday night’s  BRIT Awards, Adele joined the growing group of artists and celebrities — including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Lena Dunham and Demi Lovato — who have publicly expressed their support for the pop star.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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Lena Dunham defends Kesha against Dr. Luke in open letter

Dr. Luke breaks his silence on Kesha’s rape allegations

Taylor Swift donates $250K to Kesha to help with legal battle

Read Demi Lovato’s amazing Twitter manifesto on “women empowerment”

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