The #FreeKesha hashtag has been trending on and off since 2014, when the pop star first alleged that her longtime producer, Dr. Luke, had been sexually, verbally and physically assaulting her after drugging and raping her a decade ago. Since then, the "Tik Tok" singer has been trying to get out of her contract with the man she says abused her.
If the singer's not released, there's a solid chance she'll never make music again — which, per a recent ruling on her case, is looking more likely.
On Friday, a New York judge denied Kesha's request for an injunction, which would have allowed her to record music outside of her contract with Dr. Luke, claiming it was the "commercially reasonable thing."
"You're asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry," New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich told Kesha's attorneys.
The judge also expressed skepticism over the singer's allegations of sexual abuse, claiming there was little medical proof to support the claims.
"I don't understand why I have to take the extraordinary measure of granting an injunction," Kornreich told the court.
Many of Kesha's fans protested outside the courtroom, and when news broke of the judge's decision, many took to social media to express their disappointment.
According to The Hollywood reporter, Dr. Luke "denies the sexual abuse and attributes her action to becoming frustrated by a stalled career." The producer's lawyers claim that Dr. Luke invested roughly $60 million in her career, and that he's offered her an opportunity to record with Sony outside his label, Kemosabe, which falls under the auspices of the company. Kesha's lawyers, unconvinced, called this an "elusive promise."
Though heartbreaking for those in Kesha's camp, the ruling isn't too surprising: Alleged rapists almost never face conviction This is because many victims never come forward, out of fear they won't be believed or retaliation. And when they do, a mere 7 our of every 100 accused rapists get arrested.
The next for Kesha and her case remain unclear, but sadly, the situation is looking grim.