A representative for Swift confirmed Sunday that Swift had donated $250,000 to Kesha in a "show of support" to help her in her legal fight against megahit producer Dr. Luke
Taylor Swift is giving some financial assistance to fellow pop star Kesha as she fights to get out of a contract with a record producer she has accused of sexually assaulting her.
A representative for Swift confirmed Sunday that Swift had donated $250,000 to Kesha in a "show of support" to help her in her legal fight against megahit producer Dr. Luke.
On Friday, the "Tik Tok" singer sobbed in court as a judge denied her bid to get out of her contract with Dr. Luke, who has worked with artists including Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.
Dr. Luke has denied Kesha's allegations, and his lawyers reiterated his views in a statement Monday. Attorney Christine Lepera called Kesha's accusations "outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money."
While Friday's court decision is not the final judgment in the case, the ruling has led to an outpouring of support for Kesha on social media from other celebrities, including Kelly Clarkson, who once worked with Dr. Luke.
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, posted a series of tweets saying that people supporting Kesha's claims of sexual assault against him were "getting behind an allegation only - motivated by money."
"I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister," the producer said.
"But lives can get ruined when there’s a rush to judgment before all the facts come out ... It’s sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue," he added.
A rep for Kesha did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Swift's donation. Kesha's attorneys declined to comment on Lepera's statement Monday.
Dr. Luke's attorney, Christine Lepera, on Monday accused the singer and her legal team of conducting a "trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation."
She said the allegations in Kesha's lawsuit are "outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money."
Lepera said Kesha, who burst on the music scene in 2009, was "already 'free' to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to."
"Any claim that she isn’t 'free' is a myth," Lepera said.
AP and Reuters