In an an op-ed for her Lenny newsletter, Lena Dunham that criticized a New York court's recent decision to deny Kesha's request to get out of her contract with Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records, which is part of the Sony Music family.
Dunham wrote that she got physically sick when she heard the outcome of Kesha's case on Friday. "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,'" the Girls creator explained. "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."
The 29-year-old star goes on to say that "Kesha's case is about more than a pop star fighting for her freedom, or a $60 million investment in a shiny commercial career. It’s about more than whether Kesha can strap on her cool leotards and make another album, free from a man who she says terrifies her."
"What's happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers," Dunham continued. "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."
Dunham's boyfriend, musician and producer Jack Antonoff, also offered to help Kesha with her music. "Hey @kesharose -- don't know what the legal specifics are, but if you want to make something together and then leak it for everyone I'm around," he tweeted, "Or just make something and wait on it till that creep can't block you anymore. Standing offer from me and everyone I work with."
In addition to Dunham and Antonoff, Swift's friend, Mariska Hargitay, spoke out in support of the "Tik Tok" singer. "For many survivors, speaking out is the hardest part. It's also only the first step," the Law & Order: SVU star tweeted on Monday night. "Sending u strength @KeshaRose as u move through this."
For many survivors, speaking out is the hardest part. It’s also only the first step. Sending u strength @KeshaRose as u move through this.
Dunham concluded her op-ed by praising the stars that are standing behind Kesha. "We are not scared anymore of losing what we worked for, of being branded hysterical or difficult, of being targeted and silenced by men in power," she declared. "The women in the music industry speaking out for Kesha are proof. And their words will reverberate, inspiring the young women watching them for clues about the good life to speak up too. Soon, no one will accept shame and fear as the status quo."