Lady Gaga has spoken further in support of Kesha, adding to the outpouring of public sympathy for the singer after she was told she cannot exit her contract with Sony last week.
In her post, Gaga wrote “no one needs to validate Kesha,” adding to her tweets on the subject earlier this week.
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 in courtlooking to be freed from her contract with him last week, a request a New York court turned down on commercial grounds.
Gaga is an advocate for sexual assault victims. She commented in a post to her Instagram account that references the delay in Kesha reporting the alleged assault:
“The very reason women don’t speak up for years and years is the fear no one will believe them, or their abuser has threatened their life or the life of their loved ones/ livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet/ in control,” Gaga wrote.
Gaga continues: “What happened to Kesha has happened to many female artists including myself and it will affect her for the rest of her life. No one needs to validate Kesha.”
“Why is the victim always the ‘liar'”, she adds. “Why do people in a position of power get away with behaving so inhumanely? These guys hide behind the legal system and it’s their litigious behaviour that is precisely what they use to rape these girls. ‘Give me what I want or I will come after you’ and they have all the money and resources to do it.”
Last week, Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha, while Lena Dunham, Adele and Demi Lovato have been amongst those speaking in support of the singer.
Fans are set to protest outside Sony’s New York offices tomorrow (February 26).