Kesha Files Appeal Calling Her Contract “Slavery”

Last month a court ruled that Kesha could not be freed from a contract with the record producer (known as Dr Luke) she accuses of raping her, and today the star’s lawyers filed an official appeal.

In their statement, the lawyers argue that forcing Kesha to keep producing music for a company run by the man who allegedly abused her was akin to “slavery”.  

The case will not go to trial until 2017.  

We previously wrote… 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week you can’t have failed to notice the news surrounding Kesha. To recap, following a lengthy court battle, on Friday a court ruled that Kesha won’t be freed from a contract with a record producer she has accused of sexual abuse.

Kesha claims Dr Luke, whose real name is Luke Gottwald, forced her to “take drugs and alcohol in order to take advantage of her sexually while she was intoxicated”. Dr Luke has denied all charges.

Since the news broke, a number of celebs – including Demi Lavoto, Lady Gaga and Lily Allen – have shown their support for Kesha via social media. And now Lena Dunham has spoken out about the case.

Dunham has penned a piece in her feminist email newsletter, Lenny titled, “Why Kesha’s Case Is About More Than Kesha”.

Describing her initial reaction to the court ruling she wrote: “When I saw the outcome of Kesha’s court case last Friday, I felt sick. Actually sick — I wanted to ask my Uber to pull over so I could throw up in a New York City trash can.”

> Kesha at the court ruling on Friday

“The photos of her beautiful face crumpled with tears, the legally necessary but sickening use of the word “alleged” over and over in reference to the assault she says she remembers so vividly — it all created a special brand of nausea that comes when public events intersect with your most private triggers,” Dunham continued.

In her powerful piece Dunham calls out Sony, and questions their handling of this controversial case. 

“Sony could make this go away. But instead the company has chosen to engage in a protracted legal battle to protect Gottwald’s stake in Kesha’s future,” Dunham writes.

“Imagine someone really hurt you, physically and emotionally. Scared you and abused you, threatened your family. 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?” she elaborated.

> Lena is never afraid to speak her mind


As the title of her essay suggests, Dunham feels that Kesha’s case is representative of a much bigger problem.

She wrote: “It’s even about more than the systemic misogyny of the entertainment industry, or the way that women in music and film have long been controlled and coerced by abusive Svengalis and entities larger than themselves…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 is known for supporting other women, and no doubt messages like this one will help Kesha in this difficult time.

In fact, just last night Kesha took to Instagram to share a message of thanks to her supporters…

> Kesha’s heartfelt message


By Elizabeth Bennett