In February, Kesha’s request for an injunction to let her out of her contract with Sony/Dr Luke was denied.
If you haven’t kept up with the case, Kesha has been attempting to get out of her 10-year record contract with Sony, which gives music producer Lukas Gottwald (aka Dr Luke) exclusivity over her music, meaning she is unable to work with any other producer. The reason? Kesha says that for the past decade, Gottwald abused her emotionally, physically and sexually and has managed to control her by threatening to end her career and more seriously, her life. Much of this all came to light after Kesha opened up in group therapy sessions during a stint in rehab for an eating disorder.
This situation has put her music career on pause, she is unable to begin work on a new record due to the strict stipulations of her contract, which puts the remainder of her career in music in jeopardy. Sony has stated that she is not being ‘forced’ to work with Gottwald, but under the terms of the contract she is required to record under his label, Kemosabe Records (A subsidiary of Sony).
Lena Dunham wrote a letter in support of Kesha, sometime after the ruling. I think this quote sums up
Imagine someone really hurt you, physically and emotionally. Scared you and abused you, threatened your family. The judge says that you don’t have to see them again, BUT they still own your house. So they can decide when to turn the heat on and off, whether they’ll pay the telephone bill or fix the roof when it leaks. After everything you’ve been through, do you feel safe living in that house? Do you trust them to protect you?
What is happening to Kesha is a clear cut example of the American legal system hurting women by failing to protect them from their abusers. In the US, 1 in 3 women have been sexually harassed at work. The ruling on Kesha’s case could further silence millions of women who are already too scared to speak up.
We can speak up for them by working toward this goal of ERA ratification.
Check out this infographic from Cosmopolitan on Sexual harassment in the workplace
Read Lena Dunham’s full letter here: