Kesha Speaks Out on 'Pain' and 'Hurt' Amid 'F**king Horrible' Dr. Luke Lawsuit
By Sophie Schillaci
Kesha had a lot on her mind at the Democratic National Convention.
The 29-year-old singer took the stage on Tuesday night for a performance at Gabby Giffords' Americans for Responsible Solutions-hosted DNC party, speaking in support of stronger gun control and referencing her own personal legal troubles.
"I know we came here to boogie, but I have a few things to say," Kesha began. "I feel like if you’re a human being, you go through pain. And you go through hurt, and every single one of us knows that emotion.
"I don’t know if you guys know what I am going through, I'm going through a lawsuit," she continued, eliciting cheers of support from the audience. "It's f--king horrible."
Kesha is currently embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, accusing him of drugging and raping her more than a decade ago. Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) has dismissed her claims as "outright lies."
Though Kesha did not elaborate further on her legal troubles, she did continue on with a strongly worded stance on gun violence.
"We as a nation, we can’t control who feels hurt. We can’t control who feels pain. And we can’t control what you do with the hurt and the pain and the anger. You can't control every single person and know how they're gonna deal with things and know if they’re going to pick up a weapon -- you don't know that. But what we can control is who we give the f**king weapons to," she declared. "I think the universe is screaming at us that there needs to be a change and we have to f**king listen. I do think love is something, as humans, we all have and I hope heals us. I really believe that love and empathy, it can heal us."
This isn't the first time Kesha has issued a call to action for stronger gun laws. Following the tragic shooting of Christina Grimmie, Kesha took to Instagram with a passionate plea.
"I'm shocked and horrified. And angry. How many times are we as a nation going to read a horrific story like this, where someone uses a gun to kill an innocent person, and DO NOTHING," she wrote. "I demand gun control. This is sickening. I am so, so, so sorry for Christina's fans and family. My heart is with you. She was a beautiful spirit and will not be forgotten."