Taylor Swift Donates $250k To Kesha Amid Legal Dispute

Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha after a judge denied Kesha’s plea to leave her binding, exclusive contract with Dr. Luke, the producer who Kesha is saying raped her at age 18. It’s causing an incredible controversy in which singer Demi Lovato has had her say, as well.

Kesha argued that the alleged assault by Dr. Luke was the primary reason why she needed to break her exclusive recording contract with the Sony music producer.

In October 2014, Kesha sued Dr. Luke for alleged sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse and violation of California business practices during their 10 years of working together. According to Kesha, Dr. Luke drugged her, and this abuse caused her bulimia to worsen. She had never charged him, and this public accusation is the first time that this startling allegation has seen light. Friday, the judge ruled that Kesha would not be allowed to break her contract with the producer.

The news spread throughout the music world and beyond. There are a bunch of celebrities coming to Kesha’s corner: Ariana Grande, Lorde, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Demi Lovato have all used social media to show their support and to rally their fans in a bid to help the pop singer in need of comfort at this difficult time.

One of her most strident supporters is Grammy-winner Taylor Swift. She put her money where her mouth was, and decided to financially give to Kesha. Taylor is no stranger to giving generously. She was voted the most charitable celebrity for a few years running. This year, she’s off to an early start, donating the $250,000 in support for a fellow pop star.

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Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, went to Twitter to break the news of the incredibly generous act, tweeting, “Taylor Swift has just generously donated $250,000 to Kesha, as a show of support during this difficult time. AMAZING!!”

Sebert continued to praise the action in subsequent tweets, saying:

“A person’s wealth is not measured by what they have but by WHO they they help with it. And Taylor Swift is a truly RICH PERSON. Thank you,” and “Most important for Kesha, is that these beautiful, powerful women are standing behind her, letting the world see how powerful the truth is!”

What motivated Taylor to give so generously? A writer at BuzzFeed suggested that she may have been motivated after a very public outcry by Demi Lovato through Twitter. Lovato, another incredibly gifted female pop star, charged all “self-proclaimed feminists” to help, tweeting:

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Rather than get behind Swift’s gesture, Lovato seemed to argue for a different approach.

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While Lovato quickly said that she wasn’t “throwing shade” Taylor’s way, it definitely sent ripples of outrage through the twittersphere and made a lot of fans watch this amazingly generous act and the subsequent response very closely.

Lovato definitely didn’t stop there.

“At least I’m talking about it,” she added. “Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn’t grow up with money and def haven’t made as much as her. At least I speak up about sh-t that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”

Lovato also disputed the notion that there was any bad blood between her and Swift.

“There’s no ‘rivalry’ I just give more f***s than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person,” she explained.

Unfortunately, the spat between Lovato and Swift has almost certainly taken the spotlight off of the more pressing matters between Kesha and Dr. Luke.