Lady Gaga is adamant about having Kesha's back as she faces an ongoing legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), who she alleges drugged and raped her over a decade ago and consistently abused her both physically and emotionally.
Dr. Luke has vehemently denied these allegations and is countersuing Kesha for breach of contract and defamation. In February, the 29-year-old singer was denied a preliminary injunction that would allow her to get out of her record contract with the 42-year-old producer's label, Kemosabe Records, which is part of Sony Music Entertainment.
"I think that people should just know that there's so much more than what meets the eye in a case like that," Gaga told Carson Daly on his 97.1 AMP Radio show. "I feel like she's being very publicly shamed for something that happens in the music industry all the time, to women and men."
Gaga, 29, has opened up in the past about being raped when she was younger. "I just want to stand by her side because I can't watch another woman that went through what I've been through suffer," she added. "I talk to her every day. I'm friends with her personally, and what I'm watching her go through is not only something I've been through but something that's really devastating to witness."
The "Bad Romance" singer plans to be unwavering in her support for Kesha. "We're going to shake the tree until that leaf that has Kesha on it falls. I care about her," she said. "In any other business, if you were to report that anything happened to you to the human resources department, it would be dealt with. But we don't have a human resources department, we don't have a union as artists, we're just fighting for ourselves. If we don't stick together, our voices just won't be heard."
"Somebody that has such a beautiful light within them, so much talent to give -- just to see that light burn out because they feel that no one's listening to them," Gaga explained, "I feel that it's my responsibility to stand up for her when there's a lot of people that are not listening to her plea for love, for people to have compassion and empathy."
Kirat Sandhu, a member of the "It's On Us" campaign, recalled to ET how emotional Gaga was prior to the Oscars performance. "She kinda brought us into a group huddle ... it was just a one-on-one conversation with all of us and she said how much it meant to her that we were there," Sandhu said. "The first time we saw her, she was sobbing. She could not believe that this had been made possible, that we were all there. That we were getting to do this with her."