Since a New York City judge ruled Friday that Kesha could not break her recording contract with producer Dr. Luke while going through litigation, fans and fellow artists took to social media to support the pop star.
Amidst cries for justice came calls to boycott Dr. Luke’s recording label Kemosabe Records (a subset of Sony), to which Kesha is signed. The protest will take place Friday, when #FreeKesha supporters head to Sony’s Madison Avenue headquarters in New York City to push for change.
“Kesha is not free,” lead protest organizer Michael Eisele said in a release. “She is contractually obligated to record and release eight albums with Dr. Luke. As a result, she cannot continue her career safely and her work will continue to have her alleged abuser’s name on it, which merely adds insult to injury.”
Kesha has accused Dr. Luke of sexual abuse, claims he has denied. “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her,” Dr. Luke wrote on Twitter Monday.
Stars like Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, and Halsey have spoken out on Twitter on Kesha’s behalf, and Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift continue to stand with the pop star — Swift donated $250,000 to support the “Tik Tok” singer and Dunham penned a powerful essay in Lenny Letter about the situation.
“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,” she wrote Wednesday. “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.”