Women in the music industry often are not taken seriously, and they are frequently objectified by the media and their male counterparts.
Singer and performer Kesha has been in the spotlight, but not for her music career.
In October 2014 Kesha began her legal battle with her producer Lukasz Gottwald, known as Dr. Luke of Kemosabe Records. Kesha filed a lawsuit claiming that Dr. Luke “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” her for 10 years, starting when she first signed her contract in 2005, at age 18.
Kesha more specifically says Gottwald drugged and sexually assaulted her.
After seeking release from her contract with her abuser, the judge ruled she is still legally bound due to lack of evidence and the contributions Dr. Luke has made to her career.
“You’re asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry,” Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich told Kesha’s attorney Mark Geragos after Luke made the argument that he had invested $60 million in her career.
Regardless of how much money he has put into Kesha’s career, his abusive acts have inhibited her personal life as well as Kesha’s ability to produce music.
The most recent update from ABC News said a video had surfaced where Kesha denies that she was drugged and sexually assaulted. However, we have seen in many other cases that women are afraid to come out about their abuse, specifically when their abuser holds power over them. It is completely normal for Kesha to have kept the issue to her self for fear of repercussions.
“He threatened her and she equivocated because she was under threat,” Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos told the New York Daily News, Oct. 21 2015.
This is yet another case in which a woman is not given credibility in a sexual assault case, and is instead accused of lying. This dangerous mindset feeds into rape culture and Zayn Malik, formerly of One Direction, broke his contract in 2015 with limited repercussions and is now beginning what will mostly likely be a successful solo career.
Kesha, despite having grounds for breaking her contract, must continue to make music with Gottwald. Kesha should not be required to stay in her contract with her abuser, especially after the lawsuit. This puts her in a terrible emotional position.
While many female musicians have publicized their support for Kesha, it is critical for everyone else to do the same.
Not only should her accusations be taken seriously, she should have the ability to break her contract when another artist has publicly done the same less than a year ago with little repercussions.
The Campus Times stands with Kesha.
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