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Kesha says she was offered ‘freedom’ if she apologized for rape allegations
‘I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.’
Taking back her allegations and publicly apologizing, she claims.
so. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie. I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.
A photo posted by Kesha (@iiswhoiis) on
This is yet another depressing development in the singer’s attempts to get out of her contract with Sony and allegations of sexual assault against her producer Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald. In 2014, Kesha and her mother filed a lawsuit against Gottwald, claiming he was “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally” abusive during their decade working together. She asked that she be let out of her contract with Sony. Gottwald countersued.
According to Rolling Stone, a source close to the case claims the option mentioned in Kesha’s Instagram post was put forth by Gottwald’s legal team, but it’s not clear where that discussion took place. A spokesperson for Gottwald followed up her post with a victim-blaming statement to Rolling Stone:
The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims. That’s because all the evidence – including Kesha’s own videotaped sworn testimony – show her allegations are false. The only thing Kesha is not free to do is to continue to lie about Dr. Luke through publicity stunts and outrageous smears, ignoring the fact that by her own free will she went to work and entered into new contracts with Dr. Luke years after this ‘incident’ supposedly happened. Her goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones. We look forward to our day in court holding Kesha accountable for her lies.
“I will not take back the TRUTH,” she concluded in her post. “I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.”
H/T Rolling Stone
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.