Celebrities including Lady GaGa, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande, have shown solidarity with singer Kesha, after a New York Judge, Shirley Kornreich, denied her request to leave Sony owned music label, Kemosabe Records, over sexual abuse claims.
In her ruling on Friday the judge said: “There has been no showing of irreparable harm.” Buzzfeed reported.
Kesha, 29, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, filed a lawsuit against Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, known in music circles as Dr Luke, in 2014 alledging the 41-year-old producer had drugged, sexually and psychologically tormented her.
Dr Luke denies the claims stating that the allegations are malicious lies and “defamatory”. According to Contactmusic.com he filed a counter lawsuit accusing her and her mother, and management team of making up the abuse claims in a bid to break her contract with him.
Court papers reflect that abuse allegations date back to 2005 including accusations of the singer being forced to take drugs and drink alcohol.
Meanwhile the public also took to the streets and social media to express support for Kesha and advocating that she should be released from her record deal with Dr Luke’s Kemosabe Records.
Fans and those in solidarity waited outside the courtroom holding banners with #FreeKesha, which quickly spread all over social media.
More than 153,008 people have so far signed an online petition to compel Sony Music President Doug Morris to release Kesha from her contract with Dr Luke.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande show their support for the singer on Twitter.
There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) February 19, 2016
My heart is with @KeshaRose. ?
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 19, 2016
Sub-editor: Judit Serra