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Kesha fans want to crowdfund $2 million to pay out the rest of her Sony contract
And it’s picking up steam.
A New York judge may have denied Kesha’s request to circumvent the terms of her recording contract last week, but the setback has only ignited her fans’ creativity for ways of showing support.
The pop singer and songwriter’s career has been in limbo since she accused longtime collaborator Lukasz Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke) with sexual assault and battery and he fired back with a countersuit. Sony, the label both of them have been working under, has remained silent on the issue, leaving Kesha’s ability to record or release any new music in limbo.
I have nothing left to hide. I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. this is not just for me. this is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. sexually. emotionally. mentally. I had to tell the truth. so the outcome will be what it will be. there’s nothing left I can do. it’s just so scary to have zero control in your fate. but this is my path this life for whatever reason…. #Friday 🙏🏻
A photo posted by Kesha (@iiswhoiis) on
Last week’s denied injunction ruled out one of the few solutions that might have allowed her to work without having to collaborate with her alleged abuser, and now fans are hoping to buy back Kesha’s creative freedom.
A GoFundMe campaign, started by Brandon de la Cruz, is aiming to raise the $2 million remaining on Kesha’s Sony contract and hopefully liberate the singer from the fraught business relationship.
“I thought, if the courts won’t help her, who can?” de la Cruz explains in the description. “We can. If we can collect enough support to show Sony we’re serious, there’s a chance that we could get Kesha released from her contract with them.”
De la Cruz promises 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Kesha directly, whether the enormous goal is met or not.
Considering the campaign has raised over $16,000 in three days and the $250,000 Taylor Swift donated separately, Kesha may be a good chunk of her way toward buying her way out of her contract. The Daily Dot has reached out to a lawyer about the feasibility of de la Cruz’s plan and will update if we hear back.
Screengrab via Kesha/Instagram
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.