A week after her Oscars performance in support of sexual assault survivors, Lady Gaga is speaking out about Kesha’s ongoing legal battle with her alleged rapist, Dr. Luke. During an interview with Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio on Monday, Gaga opened up about her friendship with Kesha and explained why the embattled singer desperately needs support from her peers.
“The truth is, I feel like she’s being very publicly shamed for something that happens in the music industry all the time, to women and men,” Gaga said. “I just want to stand by her side because I can’t watch another woman that went through what I’ve been through suffer, you know? And have everyone have a go at her as if, you know, she’s lying.”
Gaga has admitted that when she was 19, she was raped by someone in the music industry. She said that watching Kesha go through the same pain she went through has been “devastating,” especially given people’s knee-jerk reactions to victim-blame.
“I talk to her every day,” Gaga said. “I’m friends with her personally and what I’m watching her go through is not only something I’ve been through, but something that’s really devastating to witness. Somebody that has such a beautiful light within them, so much talent to give. Just to see that light burn out because they feel that no one’s listening to them.”
After a judge denied Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction last month -- which would allow her to record music without Dr. Luke -- several fellow pop stars rallied behind her. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha’s legal case, and artists like Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, and Adele spoke up in support.
“I won’t put words in their mouth, but I think it is probably scary for them as it is for me to see so much kind of shaming happen to females in the business that are so talented because they’re just not in as much of a position of power as the people that are speaking out against them,” Gaga said about fellow artists’ support for Kesha.
Though she said she understands why some people in the music industry are afraid to speak out -- in the fear of “somebody coming after them" -- Gaga explained why it’s important for her peers to stick together.
“In any other business, if you were to report that anything happened to you, to the human resources department, it would be dealt with,” she said. “But we don’t have a human resources department. We don’t have a union as artists. We’re just fighting for ourselves. And we have these huge obstacles against us. And if we don’t stick together, our voices just won’t be heard. There’s a lot of great women in music and all of these women deserve to be upheld for how strong they are.”