As previously reported, singer 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.
Following the controversial decision, the likes of Lorde, Lady Gaga, Grimes, Lily Allen and Ariana Grande have offered their support. Taylor Swift donated £175,000 to help Kesha’s legal battle.
During a series of tweets using the #FreeKesha hashtag, Lovato wrote: “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed.” Some fans took this as a reference to Swift’s financial donation to Kesha.
However, as JustJared reports, Lovato later responded to a Swift fan account on Instagram to deny that she was making reference to the singer.
“I didn’t shade Taylor,” Lovato wrote. “If you take it that way [then] fine. I’m just tired of seeing women use ‘women empowerment’ and ‘feminism’ to further brands without actually being the ones that have the uncomfortable conversations. I get shade and I don’t give a fuck because someone has to be the one to take it. At least I’m getting my hands dirty”.
Lovato also responded to accusations that she was using Kesha’s situation for publicity. “How the fuck am I making this about myself. At least I’m talking about it,” she added. “Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn’t grow up with money and def haven’t made as much as her. At least I speak up about shit that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”
She continued: “There’s no “rivalry” I just give more fucks than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person.”
Dr Luke has responded to the #FreeKesha social media campaign, saying: “Until now I haven’t commented on the lawsuits, which should be resolved in court not here on Twitter”.
Hiss lawyer Christine Lepara has also issued a statement, calling the rape allegations “outright lies” and claiminh that Kesha is “free” to leave her recording contract.