Pop star Kesha’s ongoing battle with Sony Music and producer, Dr. Luke, has received a great deal of media attention as it involves a sexual assault allegation that prompted the singer to request to nullify her contract with the company so she wouldn’t have to work with her abuser.
Last month, Kesha’s request was denied by a New York City judge. Following the disappointing ruling, she received an outpouring of support from fans and other celebrities that both praised her bravery and showed empathy for her suffering.
Fellow Sony recording artist and the very first "American Idol" winner, Kelly Clarkson, had an interview with an Australian radio station during which she spoke out against Dr. Luke’s character based on her personal experiences with him.
While she didn’t mention or make any claim of sexual assault, she described him as “not a good guy” and admitted that she was blackmailed into working with him.
"Obviously the dude is a talented guy, but character-wise, no," Clarkson said. "I only worked with him — even the last time I worked with him — because literally I got blackmailed by my label. They were like, ‘we will not put your album out if you don't do this.’”
Clarkson didn’t comment about Kesha’s situation, noting that she wasn’t there so she doesn’t know what happened, but she did attest to the fact that she had “nothing nice to say” about Dr. Luke or his personality.
"He's just not a good person to me. We've clashed," she said. "I get along with everyone I work with. I love everyone I work with. He's just not a good guy for me."
Clarkson alluded to the fact that the producer has been known to lie — which is profound, considering he recently spoke out to denounce Kesha’s claims against him — and she also said that he was demeaning.
"I've run into a couple of really bad situations, musically. It's really hard for me because he'll just lie to people, and it makes the artist look bad," Clarkson explained, when asked what makes him difficult to work with. "He's kind of difficult to work with and kind of demeaning. It's kind of unfortunate."
While the only two people who know “the truth” are Kesha and Dr. Luke, it really isn’t difficult to believe that a lying, degrading, difficult man would take advantage of his power to commit sexual assault. It’s a scenario that is, unfortunately, all too familiar for many women.
Listen to Clarkson's interview below: relevant portion begins at 1:23.
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