In 2014, Kesha filed a suit against producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), whom she alleges was sexually, physically, and emotionally abusive to her during their decade-long professional relationship. Over a year later, their legal battle continues to rage, but the singer's fans are fiercely sticking by her side.
Kesha says Dr. Luke sexually assaulted her starting from when she was 18. And yet, the singer is still legally bound to work with Luke, per her contract with Sony Music. In November, she filed new court papers asking a judge to allow her to work with new producers. As her lawyers wrote, “Kesha now faces an abysmal decision: Work with her alleged abuser… or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away."
Devoted Kesha fans have started a petition targeting Sony CEO Doug Morris, but that's not all they're doing: they've also pledged to protest outside the courthouse on the day of Kesha's trial in January. The petition already has 81,146 supporters and is growing by the minute.
Sony has the power to voluntarily terminate Kesha's contract, effectively freeing her. But until that happens, #FreeKesha is trending on Twitter, and fans continue to rally in support of the pop star.