Grimes on Kesha contract: ‘It’s basically like slavery’

Kesha was recently denied release from her contract with Dr Luke

Grimes has branded the ongoing legal battle between Kesha and Dr Luke “a deeply fucked situation” and compared the terms of Kesha’s contract to slavery.

Fans of Kesha have been protesting outside the Sony offices in New York one week after a court ruled that the pop star cannot leave her contract with Kemosabe Records, an imprint of the Sony-owned RCA. The singer had accused Dr Luke of drugging and raping her a decade ago. Last week (February 19), she was denied an exit from her recording contract with the producer by the New York Supreme Court.

Since the ruling, stars including Lorde, Adele and Lady Gaga have rallied in support of the singer, with Taylor Swift donating £175,000 in “a show of support… to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time.”


Last week Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, tweeted, “Empathy for Kesha.” Now, speaking in a new interview with Time Out, Boucher has said, “You shouldn’t be allowed to sign a human being, regardless of what the allegations are or what anyone said or did. It’s basically like slavery. She should be allowed to record [with other people]. It’s a deeply fucked situation.”

Today (February 27) Kesha released a clip of a new song to thank those that have supported her.

The singer’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, posted the video clip to Twitter of the 28-year-old singing, “I don’t know what I would do without you” to her fans, below:


Dr Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, has commented on Twitter: “The only truly objective person who knows the facts is the judge. The judge did not rule in Kesha’s favor on Friday.

“I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”

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