Kesha was ‘offered freedom’ from record label in exchange for public apology
The singer claims she was offered her “freedom” in exchange for apologising and withdrawing accusations of sex abuse against Dr Luke.
The star – who came out as bisexual in 2013 – filed her lawsuit against the producer, real name Lukasz Gottwald, back in 2014.
She alleges “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault” against the producer, and says he has refused to allow her to record new music.
“This is what happens behind closed doors. I will not take back the truth,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.
“So. I got offered my freedom if I were to lie.
“I would have to apologise publicly and say that I never got raped. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.”
However, a spokesman for Dr Luke – who has filed a countersuit against the singer, calling the claims malicious lies and “defamatory” – has dismissed the claims, according to E! News.
A statement said: “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 new contracts with Dr Luke years after this ‘incident’ supposedly happened.”
She fought back tears as she accepted a Human Rights Campaign award for her LGBT rights advocacy.
A number of protests have taken place outside Sony offices, with fans demanding the record label release the star from her contract.
The most recent demonstration saw around 40 fans gather outside the Sony building in New York City, which saw them project the hashtag #FreeKesha on the front of the building.
Fans chanted “Do the right thing”, “people over profits”, and held up signs reading: “Free Kesha now”.
The star has also found a lot of high profile support, as well as that of her fans, including from Kelly Clarkson, Lorde, Lady Gaga, Adele, Reese Witherspoon, JoJo and Ariana Grande.
Taylor Swift even donated $250,000, saying it was to help Kesha with “any of her financial needs during this trying time”.