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Lena Dunham Pens Powerful Essay In Support of Kesha

Lena Dunham Pens Powerful Essay In Support of Kesha

Lena Dunham has penned a powerful essay in support of Kesha and in her fight to end her contract with Dr. Luke after the alleged abuse he inflicted on her.

Kesha says that for ten years [Dr Luke] drugged, raped, and emotionally abused her and controlled her creatively and emotionally through threats and manipulations. She explained that her dealings with Gottwald ultimately exacerbated a life-threatening eating disorder, which required rehab. When she concluded that continuing to work with [Dr Luke] would kill her, she came forward and asserted herself,” Lena wrote in an essay in Lenny Letter, her newsletter. “Now Kesha has requested an immediate injunction that would allow her to begin to record without Dr. Luke. I think this seems like a pretty reasonable request. While the allegations of sexual assault and emotional abuse cannot be proven definitively, I think Kesha‘s words speak for themselves: ‘I know I cannot work with Dr. Luke. I physically cannot. I don’t feel safe in any way.’”

Click inside to read more from Lena Dunham and her essay in support of Kesha…

Sony could make this go away. But instead the company has chosen to engage in a protracted legal battle to protect Gottwald’s stake in Kesha’s future. Although the company insists that Kesha and Gottwald never need to be in a room together and that he will allow her to record without his direct involvement, they are minimizing what Kesha says regarding how Gottwald’s continued involvement in her career would affect her physical well-being and psychological safety.

So let me spell it out for them. Imagine someone really hurt you, physically and emotionally. Scared you and abused you, threatened your family. The judge says that you don’t have to see them again, BUT they still own your house. So they can decide when to turn the heat on and off, whether they’ll pay the telephone bill or fix the roof when it leaks. After everything you’ve been through, do you feel safe living in that house? Do you trust them to protect you?

These women deserve better. They do not choose to have their reputations pilloried and their characters questioned as a tactic for getting what they want. What if we realize that the women who come forward have everything to lose, whether they’re pop stars or single mothers?

The fact is, Kesha will never have a doctor’s note. She will never have a videotape that shows us that Gottwald threatened and shamed her, and she will never be able to prove, beyond the power of her testimony, that she is unsafe doing business with this man. And no, none of this was in her contract. But what man, what company endeavors to keep a woman saddled with someone who she says has caused her years of trauma, shame, and fear? Fighting this fight publicly and in the legal system has already changed the course and tenor of her career forever. The lack of perspective on the part of Sony – the inability to look at the worth of a woman’s platinum records versus the worth of her soul being intact – is horrifying.

Read Lena‘s entire essay over at

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  • Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    Lena Dunham has zero info.

  • Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    “Labels should treat women differently”.


  • rubie

    EXCELLENT!!!! powerfully written and awesomely stated!!!!! Demi Lavato said something similar but Lena has captured the true essence of this situation! WOMAN UNITE ALREADY for GODS SAKE – UNITE!!!!

  • dalovelee

    Anytime a woman says a man raped her in the entertainment industry she will be maligned by the much powerful people who employ the man who hired this man. Sony would otherwise look like they knew about him and did nothing. So I expect Kesha will now be maligned online because women are never believed

  • Davis

    She knows about getting away with sex crimes………


    this was very nicely written and set the record straight

  • devvv

    Lena wrote in her own memoir about molesting her younger sister. Pot meet kettle.

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