Almost a week after the ruling, Kesha has made her first public statement. The post, accompanied by a selfie on Instagram, thanked her fans for their support.
Since posting the response last night, she has released another statement as promised. In her Facebook post she writes, “But at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me”,
I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your 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.
-Kesha, in a Facebook post addressing the public about her abuser
She touched on the topic of those saying (including her alleged abuser) she wanted a bigger and better record contract. According to Kesha, that just isn’t true.
I think it’s important to examine the timeline of events in cases like this. Thankfully, Twitter user Kelley Dunlap has done just that. Not even a year after Kesha signed with Dr. Luke, she tried to get out of the contract with him. The entire string of tweets summarizing events over the past 10 years can be found on Kelley’s Twitter.
Dr. Luke’s response to all this? He stands by his statement that he didn’t rape her. He also points out that Kesha is free to work with other producers under Sony, but with Dr. Luke being one of the biggest producers, Kesha will not be completely away from her abuser. Not to mention, she’s still stuck working with a label that values monetary gain over their artists’ safety.
One thing seems to be clear: The public isn’t letting this go. Public outcry has been strong and people are demanding their voices be heard. A number of celebrities, some who have even worked with Dr. Luke, have voiced their support for Kesha. Not long ago, after Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman came forward about her abuser, he was forced to step down from his position. Perhaps, the same will happen for Dr. Luke.
If anything, the attention Kesha is getting will give her something to work with. Hopefully, this can all be used as leverage in doing what is not only right, but safe.