By Todd Perry
Last week, singer Kesha (Rose Sebert) was denied a court injunction that would allow her to create music outside her working relationship with producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) and Sony Music. Kesha filed a lawsuit to void her contract with Dr. Luke, claiming that the producer “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused Ms. Sebert to the point where Ms. Sebert nearly lost her life.” The court’s decision means she cannot release any more music until the lawsuit is settled.
Writer-director-actress Lena Dunham sees the Kesha case as a prime example of the legal system holding up the “cornerstone of domestic abuse.” “What’s happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers,” she says in a post on Lenny Letter.
Dunham’s post, “Why Kesha’s Case Is About More Than Kesha,” explains how “legal ties can make it impossible for a woman to escape her abuser.” She also questions what Dr. Luke and Sony have to gain by prolonging the legal battle. “But what man, what company endeavors to keep a woman saddled with someone who she says has caused her years of trauma, shame, and fear?” Dunham says. “Fighting this fight publicly and in the legal system has already changed the course and tenor of her career forever.”
Read Dunham’s post in its entirety at Lenny Letter.