'I'd rather [talk] about women being raped than throw money at one person'
Alexandra Pollard

10:08 22nd February 2016

After Kesha lost a legal battle against her producer and label boss Dr. Luke, whom she claims raped her, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to help with her "financial needs."

Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke back in 2014, claiming that he had sexually and emotionally abused her over the course of a decade. On one occasion, she says, Dr. Luke forced her to snort something before getting on a plane, "and during the trip he forced himself on her while she was drugged."

In her suit, the singer asked to be allowed to record with a label not owned by her alleged abuser. On Friday (19 February), a judge ruled that she could not be released from her contract, and is still obliged to record four more albums under Dr. Luke's label.

In response to this ruling - which shows a shocking lack of protection for women who've suffered abuse - the likes of Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Lorde and Miley Cyrus came out in support of Kesha.

Taylor Swift stayed rather quiet on the matter - but now, a spokesperson for the singer has released a statement saying, "In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time."

Demi Lovato - who had previously tweeted, "Someone tell me why anyone would ever feel brave enough to come forward if they are most likely to be ignored or called a liar?" - was unimpressed with Swift's gesture though.

After tweeting, "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed," she responded more explicitly to a fan on Instagram. "Not everyone has 250k to just give to people, " she wrote. "Would love to but I didn't grow up with money and def haven't made as much as her. At least I speak up about shit that's uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7."

She continued, "There's no 'rivalry' I just give more fucks than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person."

Meanwhile, Kesha remains trapped in a record contract with the man she says raped her

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