Kesha Speaks Out Amid Dr. Luke Drama: ‘This Issue Is Bigger Than Just About Me’

Kesha is definitely feelin’ the love. The “TiK ToK” singer took to Facebook on Wednesday, February 24, to show her gratitude for the outpouring of support she’s experienced since a judge ruled against her in her ongoing legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke (nee Lukasz Gottwald) last week.

“I’m so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I’ve received from everyone,” she wrote. “Words cannot really express the emotions I’ve gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.”

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The 28-year-old pop star added that her only hope in pursuing legal action against Dr. Luke has been 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,” she continued. “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. But at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me.”

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Kesha in Manhattan Supreme Court on Feb. 19, 2016. Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News via Getty Images

On Friday, February 19, a Manhattan judge denied Kesha an injunction to be released from her contract with Dr. Luke after more than a decade of working together, noting that the producer’s agreement to allow Kesha to record with Sony without his involvement was reasonable.

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Kesha’s lawyers alleged that Dr. Luke was abusive toward their client. They also claimed he raped her and threatened to ruin her career if she dared to mention the incident to anyone.

Dr. Luke addressed the pop star’s accusations via a series of tweets on Monday, February 22.

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Dr. Luke attends the 31st annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in 2014. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

“Imagine if you or somebody you loved was publicly accused of a rape you knew they didn’t do. Imagine that,” the 42-year-old producer wrote. “I have 3 sisters, a daughter, and a son with my girlfriend, and a feminist mom who raised me right. … It’s sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue. But I feel confident when this is over the lies will be exposed and the truth will prevail..”

Many famous faces have since spoken out in support of the “Timber” singer, joining the fan-created #FreeKesha movement.

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“When I saw the outcome of Kesha’s court case last Friday, I felt sick. Actually sick,” Lena Dunham wrote in an essay for her Lenny Letter on Tuesday. “While the allegations of sexual assault and emotional abuse cannot be proven definitively, I think Kesha’s words speak for themselves: ‘I know I cannot work with Dr. Luke. I physically cannot. I don’t feel safe in any way.’”

Kesha echoed her supporters’ sentiments in her Facebook post Wednesday.

“I think about young girls today — I don’t want my future daughter — or your future daughter — or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power,” she wrote. “Unfortunately I don’t think that my case is giving people who have been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem.”

She went on to urge victims of abuse to seek help. “We’re all in this together,” she wrote. “You are not alone.”

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