Fans Organized A Free Kesha Protest Outside Sony

February 26, 2016 By Jordan Miller

The event aims to make sure “all survivors of sexual abuse feel like they can be brave enough to come forward.”


Fans held a #FreeKesha protest outside Sony Friday morning.

One week after a New York State Supreme Court judge denied Kesha’s injunction to record music outside of Sony and its imprint label Kemosabe Records which Dr. Luke oversees, fans organized a protest outside the Sony offices in New York City. Fans are calling for action to release Kesha from a binding agreement that states she must put forth another 10 albums before her contractual obligations are met, or she’ll be forced to continue working with her alleged sexual abuser.

Their efforts might be for nothing. Sony released a statement on Thursday claiming their hands are tied. “Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever,” said Scott A. Edelman, an attorney for the company. “But Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha. Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party.” The Times clarifies Kesha’s recording contract with Luke is “through a separate deal with his production company, Kasz Money Inc.”

Kesha published a statement on Wednesday claiming she “would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser. But at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me.”

A protester at Friday’s event is quoted by Broadly as saying: “this isn’t just about Kesha, this is about making sure all survivors of sexual abuse feel like they can be brave enough to come forward.” Another fan reportedly said: “This goes beyond music and speaks to situations where women’s voices have been silenced.”

Online activist Lacey Kohlmoos of Care2 organized the protest and told Billboard: “Whether or not Kesha’s music affected someone personally, this case represents the unfair treatment of sexual assault survivors around the globe. It is important for Sony to see the uproar they have caused, so protesters are bringing it right to their front door.”

Dr. Luke has publicly denied all the allegations, saying “I didn’t **** Kesha and I have never had *** with her.”

Moments from today’s protest:


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