Lady Gaga Stands by Kesha, Tells Critics to #StopVictimShaming

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That’s what friends are for. Lady Gaga is going above and beyond to show her support for Kesha, who lost her legal battle with Sony and music producer Dr. Luke last week. In an Instagram posted on Thursday, February 25, the American Horror Story: Hotel star shared a strong message in support of the “TiK ToK” singer.

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“This is the most upsetting part for me. That the very reason women don’t speak up for years is the fear no one will believe them of their abuser has threatened their life of their loved ones/livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet and under their control,” Gaga, 29, wrote in a screenshot of a reply to a follower on the site. “What happened to Kesha has happened to many female artists including myself and it will affect her for the rest of her life.”

Listen and Love. #stopvictimshaming

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The Oscar-nominated songstress captioned the ’gram: “Listen and Love. #stopvictimshaming.” She later Snapchatted a sweet video of herself giving Kesha, 28, a kiss.

As previously reported, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) to get out of her contract with the famed producer. In the suit, she alleges that Gottwald, 42, has physically, mentally and sexually abused her since she began working with him at age 18.

Dr. Luke, 41, vehemently denied his former collaborator’s allegations in a series of tweets sent out on Monday, February 22.

"I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her," he insisted. "Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister."

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“Kesha to date has never verified the allegations in this case — even when given the opportunity in her affidavit,” Dr. Luke’s lawyers added in a statement to Us Weekly. “Nor has she ever offered a credible explanation as to why she would have signed a second recording agreement, recorded two albums and an EP and signed a publishing deal with Dr. Luke after allegedly being sexually abused. It will further be shown that the incidents alleged never happened.”

Kesha's plea to terminate her contract was denied by NYC judge Shirley Kornreich last Friday.

“You’re asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry,” the judge told Kesha’s attorney, Mark Geragos, adding that she was inclined “to do the commercially reasonable thing.”

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