Kesha has gotten a lot of support after publicly pressuring Sony Music Entertainment to release her from a music contract that would force her to make 8 more albums with producer Dr. Luke, whom she claims sexually assaulted her.
Kesha launched a petition drive that has so far netted more than 120,000 signatures supporting her demand.
Kesha also staged a protest Feb. 19 at the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, where she arrived for a court appearance.
“We’re protesting at the courthouse to drive home that Sony needs to listen to more than 107,000 petitioners who want to save Kesha’s career and human rights,” said protest organizer Michael Eisele.
“Pop music fans are sending a clear message that they won’t stand for Sony’s completely unethical and inhumane treatment of a woman who was brave enough to speak up about sexual abuse.”
TheImproper broke the story two years ago in January 2014. A source told IM at the time that Kesha was embroiled in a nasty fight with Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald.
The story surfaced after she had voluntarily enter rehab for an eating disorder and other problems.
The dispute was initially billed as a fight over creative direction.
Kesha said she wanted her sophomore album, Warrior, to be a rock album. Luke insisted that she stick with the dance and electro-pop style of her successful debut album Animal.
Warrior proved to be a hybrid of both and fell short of sales expectations.
Kesha upped the stakes in October 2014, when she sued to break her contract. She also charged Luke with manipulating her with drugs and alcohol and sexually assaulting her starting when she was 18.
Lawyers for Gottwald and Sony claimed the lawsuit and sexual assault allegations were an extortion attempt to unlawfully break her contract. Meanwhile, Kesha and her fans say Sony cares more about money than doing the right thing.
“Sony’s refusal to end Kesha’s contract with Dr. Luke sends a very clear message that the company values money over the well-being and safety of an artist,” said author Austin Dean who organized the petition.
“The thousands of people who have signed the Care2 petition worldwide have heard that message and are urging Sony to grant Kesha her creative freedom,” he said.