Lady Gaga Continues to Defend Kesha in Dr. Luke Battle, Says She's Being "Publicly Shamed"

"I can't watch another woman that went through what I've been through suffer," the singer says

By Francesca Bacardi Mar 08, 2016 2:03 PMTags
Lady Gaga, KeshaInstagram

Lady Gaga continues to stick by Kesha's side as she continues her ongoing legal battle against music producer Dr. Luke.

The Oscar-nominated performer opened up to Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio Monday. The conversation led to her hard-hitting performance of "Til It Happens to You" and Kesha, who claims Dr. Luke drugged and sexually assaulted her while working together. Although Gaga has spoken out on the issue before, she wants to make sure everyone understands that they probably don't know all the facts.

"I think that people should just know that there's so much more than what meets the eye in a case like that," said the Golden Globe winner. "I feel like she's being very publicly shamed for something that happens in the music industry all the time, to women and men. I just want to stand by her side because I can't watch another woman that went through what I've been through suffer."

Gaga has admitted that when she was 19 she was raped by someone in the industry, but has never revealed the person's identity.

Kesha's lawsuit made headlines again after a judge denied her request for a preliminary injunction, which would allow her to record music without Dr. Luke. Images of the "Die Young" pop star crying in court immediately went viral, and many stars including Taylor Swift, Adele and, of course, Gaga showed their support. Swift even donated $250,000 to help Kesha with her legal fees.

"I won't put words in their mouths, but I think it is probably as scary for them as it is for me to see so much shaming happen to females in the business that are so talented because they're just not in as much of a position of power as the people who are speaking up against them," Gaga added.

Dr. Luke continuously has denied all the allegations against him.

The 29-year-old "Poker Face" singer said she will always defend Kesha because the music industry isn't like any other business people work in; artists need to be protected.

"We're going to shake the tree until that leaf that has Kesha on it falls. I care about her," she said, comparing the music industry to other occupations. "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."