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by: Madison Beckman

On Feb. 19, 2016, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled that the contract between Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) and Dr. Luke, requiring the musician to record six-albums with her music producer, would not be nullified.

According to court documents recently made public, Kesha claims Dr. Luke gave her drugs that made her blackout, and proceeded to sexually assault her. She demanded the contract be nullified, as she understandably does not wish to continue working with her abuser. The judge decided nullifying the contract would go against New York state law, and that Sony Entertainment would suffer “irreparable damage” as a result.

In the aftermath of this decision, many stars have been speaking out in support of Kesha and other victims of sexual assault.

Lady Gaga tweeted at Kesha to show her support, saying, “There are people all over the world who love you…And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.”

Two days after the judge’s announcement, country-pop art Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to the artist. In a statement, Swift’s spokesperson said that Kesha could use the money, “to help with any of her financial needs.”

Fellow pop vocalist and performer Demi Lovato was not impressed by Swift’s actions.

“Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” Lovato vented in a tweet about the situation. This caused many fans to speculate about a possible feud between the two (Lovato and Swift).

Following the media circus surround the speculation of a feud, Lovato went on Instagram and wrote, “As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say.”

Sony has offered to let Kesha fulfill her contract with another music producer, but Kesha has refused, due to concerns regarding album promotion.