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#FreeKesha has made its rounds online this week after a judge denied Kesha Rose Sebert’s request to leave her contract with music producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), whom the pop star claims sexually and emotionally abused her.
Since then, Taylor Swift announced that she will donate $250,000 to her cause, and many celebrities and musicians — as well as fans — have pledged their support. Lena Dunham published an essay in her newsletter Lenny, in which she asks, “What man, what company endeavors to keep a woman saddled with someone who she says has caused her years of trauma, shame and fear?”
Producers including Jack Antonoff and Zedd have offered to work with Kesha to create music away from Dr. Luke, and fellow artists Adele, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Demi Lovato, Janelle Monáe and Iggy Azalea have tweeted out their support.
A fan also launched a GoFundMe campaign called “Free Kesha” to buy out her contract and free the singer from her producer, which spread the hashtag around social media this week. The campaign says it seeks to raise $2 million; as of Wednesday afternoon, it had reached $20,200.
Kesha took to social media to thank her fans on Wednesday, saying in a Facebook post, “I’m so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I’ve received from everyone.”
She continued, “All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared or abused. 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.”
Dr. Luke took to twitter on Monday to defend himself from allegations that he sexually assaulted the pop star, saying, “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her.”
Here is an updated round-up of celebrities publicly supporting Kesha:
On Wednesday night, Adele took a moment out of her Brit Awards acceptance speech to share her support, thanking her management and record label “for embracing the fact that I’m a woman and being encouraged by it,” before adding, “And I’d also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha,” she said to applause from the audience.
Lady Gaga added her support on Wednesday with a photo with the singer.
Free Kesha pic.twitter.com/8BjZXq98Qf
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 24, 2016
On Tuesday, Anne Hathaway shared Dunham’s Lenny letter post on her Facebook account, accompanied with a note that began with, “I stand with Kesha.”
Reese Witherspoon also shared the Lenny letter post.
A photo posted by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on
Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff offered his own producing services via Twitter on Monday:
hey @kesharose — don’t know what the legal specifics are, but if you want to make something together & then leak it for everyone I’m around
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) February 22, 2016
And several more performers took to Twitter to share their support for Kesha:
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 20, 2016
My heart is with @KeshaRose.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 19, 2016
standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone
— Lorde (@lorde) February 19, 2016
I try not to comment on other artists’ matters 4 lots of reasons but as an artist & young woman in this industry my heart goes out 2kesha.
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) February 20, 2016
Disgusted by anyone in power positions abusing their authority. My heart breaks for Kesha and all people affected by this toxicity. Fuck.
— HALSEY (@halsey) February 19, 2016
Im not accusing anyone of anything, but i believe Kesha deserves the ability to move forward, create and earn a living.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 20, 2016
I send you love @KeshaRose
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) 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
For many survivors, speaking out is the hardest part. It’s also only the first step. Sending u strength @KeshaRose as u move through this.
— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) February 23, 2016
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