As Kesha’s legal battle to sever ties with her alleged abuser Dr. Luke rumbles on, following the singer being denied the opportunity to exit her contract during court proceedings, messages of support for the star continue to flood in. With many musicians using the opportunity – and their own platforms – to highlight the negative treatment of female talent within the music industry, Lady Gaga has voiced her support for the singer once again.
Having already publicly vouched her allegiance for Kesha, Lady Gaga took to Instagram to speak out against her situation, and discourage fans from placing blame on to the victims of sexual harassment/rape cases in general.
“The very reason women don't speak up for years is the fear that no one will believe them or their abuser has threatened their life or life of their loved ones/livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet and under control What happened to Kesha has happened to many female artists, including myself, and it will affect her for the rest of her life,” she says in a screenshot of a comment posted on her Instagram.
Accompanying the statement with #StopVictimShaming, Gaga has always been an advocate for sexual assault victims. After revealing that her 2009 song “Swine” was about her own alleged rape at 19-years-old, the musician went on to write an open letter urging for new legislation to combat sexual assault on campus.
This latest statement penned by Gaga goes on to say, “no one needs to validate Kesha. Why is victim always the 'liar'? Why do we let people in a position of power get away with behaving inhumanely? These guys hide behind the legal system and it's their litigious behavior that is precisely what they use to rape these girls. 'Give me what I want or else I will come after you' and they have all the money and the resources to do it.”