Taylor Swift has joined the list of musicians who are offering support to singer and songwriter Kesha during her ongoing legal dispute with her producer and former mentor Dr. Luke, with Swift’s aid coming in the form of a $250,000 donation.
Swift’s representative confirmed on Sunday that, “In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time.”
Kesha has sued Dr. Luke, whose given name is Lukasz Gottwald, alleging that he drugged and raped her a decade ago and has continued to sexually abuse her. Gottwald has denied the allegations, claiming that Kesha and her lawyers are using the lawsuit to negate her contract.
On Friday, a judge in New York denied Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction that would have allowed her to record for another label, ruling that Gottwald’s team had previously offered to allow her to record for a different label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, which owns Kemosabe.
Geragos has argued that a pop star’s career can be short-lived and that continuing to work with Dr. Luke and Kemosabe would cause his client irreparable harm. Kesha also has sued Sony, claiming that the company has continued to support Gottwald and is putting other female artists in jeopardy.
Fresh from her triple win at last week’s Grammy Awards, where her “1989” album won for album of the year, Swift made the donation on a weekend when she was back in her home state of Pennsylvania for the wedding of her best friend, Brittany Maack, her spokeswoman said. Swift served as maid of honor.