NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift is giving some financial assistance to fellow pop star Kesha as she fights to get out of a contract with a record producer she has accused of sexually assaulting her.
A representative for Swift confirmed Sunday that Swift had donated $250,000 to Kesha in a “show of support” to help her in her a legal fight against megahit producer Dr. Luke.
On Friday, the “Tik Tok” singer sobbed in court as a judge denied her bid to get out of her contract with Dr. Luke, who has worked with artists including Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.
“I cannot work with this monster,” Kesha said in a sworn statement in August that accused Dr. Luke of raping her a decade ago after giving her a pill that knocked her out, browbeating her to lose weight to the point where she didn’t eat solid food for eight days, and holding her career hostage because she spoke up.
His abuse led her to develop an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts that prompted two months in a rehabilitation clinic in 2014, her lawyers say.
Dr. Luke has denied Kesha’s allegations, and his lawyers reiterated his views in a statement Monday. Attorney Christine Lepera called Kesha’s accusations “outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money.”
While Friday’s court decision is not the final judgment in the case, the ruling has led to an outpouring of support for Kesha on social media from other celebrities, including Kelly Clarkson, who once worked with Dr. Luke.
The producer, whose real name is Lukas Gottwald, posted denials of Kesha’s claims on Twitter.
“I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her,” one of his posts read. “Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”
A rep for Kesha did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Swift’s donation. Kesha’s attorneys declined to comment on Lepera’s statement Monday.
Jennifer Peltz of the Associated Press contributed to this report.