If you have been on social media at all these past few weeks it would be inevitable to avoid the hashtags of #FreeKesha.
The artist Kesha Rose Sebert, known by stage name Kesha has been going through a legal battle since October 2014 with her record company Sony. Specifically, her producer Dr. Luke, Lukasz Sebastian. Kesha has been pressing sexual assault on Luke for nearly two years now.
Kesha recently released a statement that said her career was manipulated by Luke and was also sexually abused by him. She claims Luke would repeatedly brag about how he likes to get girls drunk to have sex with them. He pressured her into doing illegal substances and then after gave her “sober pills” which were actually a form of gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a date rape drug.
On one occasion, Kesha said she recalled waking up naked and sore in Luke’s bed after taking some of his “sober pills”. She said she had been raped and wanted to go to the Emergency room but Luke threatened to ruin her career and family if she went public with the abuse.
Last year, Kesha went into a rehabilitation center in Illinois for an eating disorder. Which she associated with Luke’s abusive influence and his cruel treatment to her. Allegedly doctors told her being around Luke would be “life threatening” and threatening to her mental health.
However, due to her long term contract with Sony there is no loop hole to get out of the situation and away from Dr. Luke anytime soon. She will resume working with Sony until her lawsuit has come to a conclusion.
Her latest trial was scheduled to be on January 25, 2016 but was postponed due to bad weather and resumed on February 19, 2016. The judge came to the conclusion that Kesha would not be released from her record label contract with Sony. Her contract with Sony ruled that she must release 3 more albums with Luke, however the judge granted her the right to work with other producers besides Luke.
It is still unsure if Kesha will release any more albums or music soon, considering her last production was her single Timber in 2013
Fans everywhere are outraged by the verdict. There have been countless tweets since the hearing talking about how morally wrong it is to force someone to work with somone who abused them both mentally and sexually. To show their support they have started the hashtag Free Kesha. Celebrities and fans everywhere have been showing their support.