More about: Kesha
Kesha's mother has spoken out after Dr. Luke's label rescinded its approval for the singer to perform at this year's Billboard Music Awards.
As previously reported, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke back in 2014, claiming that he had sexually and emotionally abused her over the course of a decade, and asking to be released from the contract that tied her to him for several more albums.
In March, a judge ruled that she could not be released from her contract, and is still obliged to record four more albums under Dr. Luke's label.
You might also like...
This has put a halt on Kesha's career - though the singer was due to make a rare appearance at the forthcoming Billboard Music Awards, where she was to cover Bob Dylan's 'It Ain't Me Babe'. However, Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe, controversially rescinded their approval and she was forced to pull out.
I was very excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of "It ain't me, babe" at the Billboard awards this year. I'm very sad and sorry to say I won't be allowed to do this. I just wanted to make very clear that this performance was about me honoring one of my favorite songwriters of all time and has never had anything at all to do with Dr. Luke. I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to. thank u all for the continued support.
Now, Kesha's mother has taken to Twitter to voice her disgust at Dr. Luke's actions. "So are Kesha's constitutional rights being violated now, judge Lady?" she asked, directed at the judge who made the aforementioned ruling in March. "Does every adult woman need a man's permission to do what she loves?"
Does Kesha have the right to pursue her happiness? Or did they only mean that for rich men?— keshas mom (@grannywrapper) May 18, 2016
Do you think that there is one male singer who could ever be "not allowed to sing " on the Billboard Awards by another man???— keshas mom (@grannywrapper) May 18, 2016
And how can one person OWN another persons right to sing?— keshas mom (@grannywrapper) May 18, 2016
Song is prayer. So can Kesha pray without permission? Where's the line judge lady?
Are KEMOSABE's actions today the actions of a record label that is trying to promote the success of their artist ?— keshas mom (@grannywrapper) May 18, 2016
Wouldn't any record company fight to have their artist have the exposure to millions? Only if they wanted their artist to succeed !— keshas mom (@grannywrapper) May 18, 2016
Lady Gaga, meanwhile, has echoed these views. "Isn't it strange that it's legal to own a woman this way?" she said on Twitter. "Listen Ursula, we watn her voice back. #freeKesha."
More about: Kesha