Kesha Fans Protesting Sony Share What They Would Tell The Singer If Given The Chance
Following the outcome of Kesha's request for an injunction that would sever her contract with Sony and producer Dr. Luke fans have made their outrage clear. In October 2014, Kesha sued Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) for allegedly raping and sexually and verbally abusing her. Dr. Luke has repeatedly denied these claims and countersued Kesha for defamation. Dr. Luke was for a long time Kesha's producer under his label Kemosabe Records, which is housed under Sony. Sony has stated that Kesha can work with another producer at the label. Sony's attorney, Scott A. Edelman, told the New York Times,
Sony has 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. Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party.
Still, fans have continued to use the hashtag #FreeKesha on social media making their opinion about her contact situation clear, and on Friday, Feb. 26, they took the protest offline, gathering in front of Sony's former office building.
This isn't the first time Kesha fans have protested in the real world, rather than on the Internet. On Friday, Feb. 19, fans protested outside of the New York State Supreme Court where Justice Shirley Kornreich told Kesha that the injunction would not be granted. A week later, fans planned to gather outside of Sony's New York City office to protest again.
Unfortunately, what the fans who showed up at 550 Madison Ave. didn't seem to realize is that Sony had moved offices to its new location at Madison Square Park, 30 blocks south. But, the logistical error perhaps didn't matter. While there were not Sony employees in the office where around 20 protesters gave middle fingers to the windows above, they still made their voices heard attracting press, attention from passersby, and of course, the protest was widely talked about on social media.
A few protestors shared with Bustle what they would say to Kesha if given the chance to speak with her directly. Here's what they had to say:
Artie, 24 & Sean, 21
Derek, 18 & Seanna, 18
Lila, 18, Chose To Share Her Own Sign
If one thing was made clear from those gathered, it's that Kesha has a young fan base that she's influencing. But their ages did not stop them from getting involved and voicing their opinions about what is no doubt a very emotional situation for everyone involved, fans included.
Following the court's ruling on Kesha's injunction, Dr. Luke's attorney released a statement to Rolling Stone, which reads:
The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already "free" to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t "free" is a myth. The sound decision Friday by the Court in denying Kesha's motion for an injunction made it clear Kesha's allegations of purported abuse were unconvincing and that she had no basis to void record contracts and copyrights… The goal of Kesha's counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law.
As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims… It will further be shown that the incidents alleged never happened.
Kesha's lawyer released the following statement to Billboard in October 2014 when she sued the producer:
This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for ten years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke. The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain. Kesha is focused on moving her life and her career beyond this terrible time.
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