BH Buzz: Fans Organize A “Free Kesha” Petition, Rally
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■ Kesha’s fans created a petition to help their idol free herself from a binding contract with Sony that bars her from releasing new music during the heated legal battle with producer Dr. Luke. They are also organizing a protest outside her trial in New York in January.
Kesha filed suit against Luke claiming he sexually abused her. She recently pushed a judge for a preliminary injunction to expedite her lawsuit against him because she fears if she can’t record and release new music soon, her career will suffer irreparable damage.
“Kesha now faces an abysmal decision: Work with her alleged abuser…or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away. Kesha’s window of opportunity is nearly shut: She has not been recording, touring or able to market merchandise for nearly a year — an eternity in the industry,” her lawyers said in a statement. “If Kesha is not permitted to resume working immediately with the backing of a major record label, her window will forever close.”
Fans created a petition to call attention to the cause. “It’s our hope the court grants this injunction, but Sony can end all of this right now by voluntarily terminating Kesha’s contract with Dr. Luke. Please sign the petition to tell Sony to #FreeKesha: Don’t force her to work with her alleged abuser!”
At the time of posting, the petition had 83,925 signatures and counting.
An 18-year-old named Michael, who runs the account @KeshaTODAY and spearheading the rally, tells Jezebel via email, “Sony needs to make the right decision and protect their artist because obviously Kesha is not going to work with the man who she says sexually abused her,” Michael writes. “Yes there is a such thing as a contract. But there is also something called a flagrant disregard for human rights. My only hope is that Sony recognizes the voices of those who show to protest on the day of court. I want them to see dozens of Kesha’s fans covered in glitter, holding signs, and peacefully protesting for Kesha’s career.”