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Kesha has begun to speak out in the wake of her ongoing legal issues against music producer Dr. Luke. The move comes nearly a week after a court ruled against the singer in her case in which she alleges that the producer raped and abused her over the course of their working relationship — claims he denied on Twitter just this week. Kesha headed to Facebook on Wednesday to thank fans and fellow musicians for their support, as well as clarify that her lawsuit is not about business but "being free from [her] abuser" an encourage victims of abuse to speak out.
Here's her statement in full:
"I'm so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I've received from everyone. 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.
All I ever wanted was to be able 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. 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.
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.
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.
But I just want to say that if you have been abused, please don’t be afraid to speak out. There are places that will make you feel safe. There are people who will help you. I for one, will stand beside you and behind you. I know now how this all feels and will forever fight for you the way perfect strangers have been fighting for me.
Yes, I am very much a feminist, but more than that, I am a humanist. I believe in supporting my fellow human beings in being SAFE. We're all in this together. You are not alone."
The highly-publicized case sparked the #FreeKesha movement following Friday's court appearance, during which a judge denied Kesha's request to be released from her contract with Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records, a subsidiary of Sony Records. On Wednesday, Adele became the latest A-lister to publicly support Kesha when she took the stage to accept her BRIT Award trophy for British Female Solo Artist. “I’d like to take a quick second just to thank my manager and my record label for embracing the fact that I’m a woman and being encouraged by it,” she told the audience during her acceptance speech. “And I would also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.”
Bravo superfan Lady Gaga has been one of Kesha's most active supporters in the wake of the legal drama. Days after tweeting a message to the "Tik Tok" singer, she headed to Instagram to post a photo of herself with Kesha, captioning it "Free Kesha."
One day prior, Kesha posted a message to her fans on Instagram, thanking them for standing by her. "I am beyond words in gratitude. thank you is not enough but it is all I have. a million times over and forever thank you. the support I have received has left my face swollen from tears. I love you all so much," she wrote.
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