Lena Dunham Slams Courts for Failing to Protect Kesha

A recent court ruling ordering Kesha and her career remain legally bound to her alleged abuser has struck a chord in Tinseltown.

A hoard of celebrities have come out to support Kesha in her fight against Lukasz Gottwald, or Dr Luke - the man Kesha claims emotionally, sexually and physically abused her for around a decade. 

Kesha recently sought an injunction in her contract with Dr Luke's label, 'Kemosabe' - a subsidiary of Sony - by which she is obliged to release six albums with the record company.

After her bid was denied in court, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and Ariana Grande all expressed their support for the 'Tik Tok' singer.

 

Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to help Kesha during this time where her livelihood is tied to a man she claims abused her.

Most recently, Lena Dunham penned an essay about Kesha in her e-newsletter.

In the "Lenny Letter" Lena claimed Kesha's ruling made her sick, but more than that, the ruling signified the failings of the US legal system to "protect [women] from the men they identify as their abusers."

"To be clear, Kesha's case is about more than a pop star fighting for her freedom, or a $60 million investment in a shiny commercial career," Lena wrote.

"It's about more than whether Kesha can strap on her cool leotards and make another album, free from a man who she says terrifies her. It's even about more than the systemic misogyny of the entertainment industry, or the way that women in music and film have long been controlled and coerced by abusive Svengalis and entities larger than themselves.

"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."

Lena's boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, a successful music producer who most recently worked with Taylor Swift on her 1989 album, also offered Kesha a hand, saying he would help her create new music.

 

However, not all celebrities have been supportive of Kesha.

Just today, American talk show host Wendy Williams rebuffed Kesha's ordeal as "business".

"Unfortunately business is business, and it sounds like it’s fair," Williams said of the court ruling.

"If everybody complained because somebody allegedly sexually abused them and was ripping them off, then contracts would be broken all the time."

Wow, Wendy. Have a heart much? 

The talk show host also went on to imply Kesha should have known better as she wasn't a "spring chicken" when the alleged assaults began. 

Her solution? Wendy thinks Kesha should have hidden a camera in her hair to catch her abuser in action.

Brava, Wendy. We will never know how you managed to cram so much insensitivity into a few minutes of air time.  

Watch Wendy Williams thoughts on Kesha at 3:02. 

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