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The justice system has let us down #FreeKesha

Singer and songwriter Kesha sits in the back of courtroom as Justice Shirley Kornreich rules against her.

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Singer and songwriter Kesha sits in the back of courtroom as Justice Shirley Kornreich rules against her.

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The #FreeKesha online movement has spread across social media, the news and by word of mouth due to the February 19 New York Supreme Court ruling that prevented American singer and songwriter Kesha from receiving a preliminary injunction that would release her from her binding contract with her alleged rapist, label owner Dr. Luke.

Kesha claimed her producer, Dr. Luke, sexually, verbally and emotionally abused her since the age of 18. She sued him in October 2014 for alleged sexual assault and battery, gender violence and violation of California business practices among other charges  from over the course of their ten years working with one another. On June 9, 2015, Kesha added a suit against Sony Music Entertainment, the company that manages her record label, claiming they knew of the victimizing situation between the two and turned a blind eye to it, even actively trying to conceal it. In a situation that required serious attention and merited consequences, the multinational organization deliberately turned the other way and through this condoned his conduct.

New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich found their to be vagueness in Kesha’s claims and an overall lack of evidence to support them. She believed Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, was “asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.” With that in mind, Justice Kornreich ruled against the artist.

Multiple popular female musicians and singers have voiced support and made clear their solidarity with Kesha, such as Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Sara Bareilles and Ariana Grande. Singer Taylor Swift even donated 250,000 dollars to her as a means to support her case.The singer has acknowledged all the positivity and in response tweeted, “Thank you for all the support in my legal case animals. I love all of you. It’s meant the world to me. xoxo.”

Overall, I find the whole situation saddening. We live in a world where women are being forced to cooperate and work within situations that makes them uncomfortable. Meanwhile, male singer Zayn Malik was allowed to break his contract when leaving One Direction solely based off of the fact he was unhappy. Why is it that Kesha, who is in a far more serious and alleged victimizing situation, cannot be granted freedom? It goes much farther than just being upsetting to see a woman forced to work with her abuser; why should any woman have to stay in a situation they are simply not comfortable in? Why shouldn’t that be enough?There is absolutely nothing that makes it okay for the law system to decide if someone must work for a company, whether they feel safe or not.

The overall lack of freedom is disgusting to witness. Even more astonishing is the fact that a woman can not be granted protection and safety off of the simple fact that she feels threatened. It thoroughly proves the many errors and issues within our justice system, a name that I’m not even sure it deserves after a ruling like this.

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