After so much public controversy surrounding Kesha’s sexual assault case against her producer and record company, the singer has made her first public statement since the court ruled against her. In it, she thanks fans and other entertainers for their support as well as her disappointment over what the loss means for abuse victims.
In an Instagram post early Wednesday morning, Kesha thanked her fans “a million times over” for their love and support. “The support I have received has left my face swollen from tears. I love you all so much,” she says.
Later in the day, Kesha went into more detail about her feelings over the case in a Facebook post.
“All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused,” Kesha says. “This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.”
After her accused abuser, Luke Gottwald (a.k.a. Dr. Luke), spoke out with his own accusations that Kesha had resorted to “horrendous and untrue” accusations in an effort to negotiate a better contract, Kesha obviously felt the need to respond.
Her own case isn’t the only one she’s fighting for though.
“At this point, this issue is bigger than just about me,” she says. “I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power.”
She goes on to lament that her case hasn’t been a great source of inspiration to abuse victims, since she didn’t end up winning, but that didn’t stop her from encouraging them to seek out help.
“We’re all in this together. You are not alone.”