Protesters will present a petition requesting the pop star be released from recording contract
#FreeKesha supporters rallied outside Sony’s Manhattan headquarters Feb. 26, and they’ll return Friday to deliver a petition urging the record company to release the pop star from her contract with Dr. Luke. Over 411,000 signatures will be delivered from a combined four petitions from Care2, SumofUs, and two UltraViolet pleas.
Kesha superfan Michael Eisele, who organized the first protest, will appear again at Friday’s rally, which aims for Sony not to renew the “Tik Tok” singer’s contract with her producer and accused abuser Dr. Luke. His label Kemosabe Records is a subsidiary of Sony.
“No artist should be bound to work for their alleged rapist in order to protect corporate profit,” SumOfUs Senior Campaigner Nicole Carty said in a statement. “Sony needs to take the protection of its artist seriously and do everything in its power to free Kesha from this contract.”
After a New York City judge denied Kesha a preliminary injunction to terminate her recording contract with Dr. Luke, a plethora of fans came out to Sony’s Midown Manhattan office Feb. 26, holding signs reading “I Stand With Kesha,” “Sony Supports Rape,” and “Free Kesha.”
Dr. Luke has denied the assault charges against him in court and on social media, and Sony’s lawyer Scott Edelman told The New York Times, the company “made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement, or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha.”
Friday’s protest will begin at 2 p.m. ET, with a light projection of the #FreeKesha message on Sony’s office building from 7-7:30 p.m. ET.
For more on Kesha and Dr. Luke’s case, see EW’s explainer.