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Kesha speaks out ahead of her upcoming court trial

‘This is not just for me. This is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused.’

Later today, pop artist Kesha will be attending a court trial which will determine the outcome of a lawsuit she filed in 2014 against her ex-manager and producer Dr. Luke (aka Lukasz Gottwald).

In the lawsuit, Kesha alleges that the producer took credit for her songs, constantly verbally assaulted her, forced her to take drugs, and raped her. Understandably, she says she feels unsafe working with Gottwald, but her contract means that she is currently unable to work with anyone else. “Kesha is at an impasse,” her attorney has explained. “She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour...Her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return.” Meanwhile, Dr. Luke continues working and earning, seemingly unhindered by the sexual harassment charges being brought against him.

Ahead of the upcoming court trial, Kesha posted a photograph on Instagram of a sunrise. “I have nothing left to hide,” she wrote. “I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. This is not just for me. This is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. Sexually. Emotionally. Mentally. I had to tell the truth. So the outcome will be what it will be. There’s nothing left I can do. It’s just so scary to have zero control in your fate. But this is my path this life for whatever reason.”

This isn’t the first time that alleged abuse towards women in the music industry has come to light. In 2014, Lady Gaga spoke about how she’d been raped as a teenager by a record executive following an interview on the Howard Stern show. Just last month, Dirty Projectors’ front woman Amber Coffman outed (now former) Life or Death PR’s CEO Heathcliff Berru for his sexual misconduct. Meanwhile, Lauren Mayberry of Cvrches has been publically battling sexist trolls threatening her with rape online. 

With this in mind, Kesha is right in saying that the court trial is not just for her, but for every woman. As Kat George wrote for Dazed last month, “women shouldn’t have to be segregated in order to feel safe in their chosen profession. What we need to work towards is a community that values women and protects their interests – and we, as an audience, can start by holding the would-be patriarchs of the music industry accountable. It might sound like a tall order, but it’s not.”

Click here to read our article on why sexual predators in the music industry need to be called out.