#FreeKesha Goes Viral After New Ruling in Kesha Case

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Lexi Mariash, Staff Writer

On Feb. 6, a New York state supreme court judge ruled singer Kesha guilty of defamation of her former manager Dr. Luke based on a private text Kesha sent to singer Lady Gaga alleging that he raped another star, Katy Perry.

The court ordered that Kesha was to pay Dr. Luke over $370,000, a loss not taken lightly by the star’s legal team which put out a statement that they plan to immediately appeal

The loss was more than monetary though, the true depth of the situation starts back in 2005 when Kesha moved from Nashville to Los Angeles and signed with Dr. Luke. 

That same year was the time Dr. Luke is accused of drugging and raping Kesha at a party hosted by Paris Hilton’s sister. The accusations root from a phone call the star had with her mother the next in which Kesha told her mother she woke up in Dr. Luke’s room, undressed, unable to remember anything from the night before and in a dazed and confused state.

In 2006, Kesha signed with DAS Communications, a company she later left from after claiming to be persuaded by Dr. Luke. 

According to the singer’s mother, Kesha said “Dr. Luke just called me and I have 24 hours to fire my lawyer and my ­managers and go back with him. Anytime I get a contract, he’s going to come ­forward and basically say he owns me. What do I do?” 

Kesha did leave DAS to work with Dr. Luke, but DAS continued to help to manage Kesha. This is where the first round of legal action began.

In 2010, DAS sued Kesha for $14 million for work that DAS helped her find after their contract ended. DAS also sued Dr. Luke for $12 million for interference in DAS and Kesha’s partnership.

While in court in 2011, Kesha testified that no sexual misconduct had taken place with her and Dr. Luke, a statement lawyers argue was made out of fear for her safety. This statement came into question while the singer was in rehab in 2014 and reportedly told doctors about sexual and physical abuse she had endured from Dr. Luke. After these claims, Kesha filed a lawsuit claiming all the abuse and mistreatment and requested she be released from her record deal and legal ties to Dr. Luke.

This suit brought up a spring of lawsuits and counter suits which all came to a head in 2016 when Kesha’s texts to Lady Gaga became public. The defamation suit that was just decided on Feb. 6 was a major blow to Kesha’s case. 

Despite the decision of the defamation suit, Kesha has major support from the public. The hashtags #FreeKesha and #IstandwithKesha have recently flooded all forms of social media from Twitter to TikTok.

Kesha’s case isn’t over yet. With the mentioned plans to appeal, over a decade of fighting and the internet on her side, the case may finally be resolved.