Taylor Swift donates £175,000 to Kesha in ‘a show of support’

Financial donation made amid Kesha's legal battle with producer Dr Luke

Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 (£175,000) to Kesha as her fellow pop star battles producer and mentor Dr Luke in court.

As reported, Kesha has accused Dr Luke of drugging and raping her a decade ago. On Friday (February 19), she was denied an exit from her recording contract with the producer by the New York Supreme Court.

In October 2014, the pop star filed a lawsuit against her long-time producer Dr Luke for “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault”, and was looking to be freed from her contract with him.

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Kesha had previously said that her career is “effectively over” following delays in the case, with the preliminary injunction papers stating that the singer’s brand value had fallen “past the point of no return.”

A spokesperson for Swift told Billboard that: “In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time.”

Since the ruling was made, #FreeKesha has been trending on Twitter with some of the biggest female musicians in the world joining in.

Lady Gaga tweeted “There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.” while Lorde added: “standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone.”

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