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Lena Dunham Stands Up for Kesha in Open Letter

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: (EDITORS NOTE: Image converted to black & white) Actress Lena Dunham attends the Lena Dunham and Planned Parenthood Host Sex, Politics & Film Cocktail Reception at The Spur on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Update: Adele has publicly announced her support of Kesha. During an acceptance speech at tonight’s BRIT Awards, Adele paused, and finished by saying “And I’d like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.” 

The list of celebrities throwing their support behind Kesha keeps growing. Soon after Demi Lovato saluted the singer/songwriter’s “bravery in taking action” and Taylor Swift donated $250,000 “to help with any of [Kesha’s] financial needs during this trying time,” Girls creator and writer Lena Dunham has penned a strongly worded open letter denouncing Sony and the hitmaker born Lukasz Gottwald via her newsletter, Lenny.

“When I saw the outcome of Kesha’s court case last Friday, I felt sick,” Dunham begins. “Actually sick — I wanted to ask my Uber to pull over so I could throw up in a New York City trash can. The photos of her beautiful face crumpled with tears, the legally necessary but sickening use of the word “alleged” over and over in reference to the assault she says she remembers so vividly — it all created a special brand of nausea that comes when public events intersect with your most private triggers.”

Dunham goes on to recap Kesha’s attempts to leave her contract with Sony/Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe, due to her “mentor” drugging, raping, and emotionally abusing her, among other threats and manipulations. She also addresses Sony’s “reasoning” that Kesha stay in-contract with them, which are essentially promises that she won’t have to work directly with Dr. Luke.

“Let me spell it out for [Sony],” writes Dunham. “Imagine someone really hurt you, physically and emotionally. Scared you and abused you, threatened your family. The judge says that you don’t have to see them again, BUT they still own your house. So they can decide when to turn the heat on and off, whether they’ll pay the telephone bill or fix the roof when it leaks. After everything you’ve been through, do you feel safe living in that house? Do you trust them to protect you?”

Dunham’s entire Lenny Letter can be read by subscribing here.