Grimes is the latest artist to show support for Kesha as the singer battles to leave her contract with Dr Luke, a producer who she claims sexually assaulted her when she was 18. (An accusation he strenuously denies.)
Speaking in a new interview, Grimes said: ‘You shouldn’t be allowed to sign a human being, regardless of what the allegations are or what anyone said or did. It’s basically like slavery. She should be allowed to record [with other people]. It’s a deeply fucked situation.’
She also talked about how hard it is for women to speak out about sexism and sexual assault from senior members of the music industry, explaining: ‘It’s so much worse on the upper levels, and those people are never going to get called out. Even I wouldn’t do it because you don’t want to get too fucked.’
A petition to free Kesha from her deal has now reached 200,000 signatures worldwide, and fans are planning protests outside the Sony offices in LA and New York. A lawyer for Sony has responded to the campaign, explaining: ‘Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha.’
In the interview, Grimes also talks about how music’s ‘basically for rich people’ and what she’d do if Donald Trump used her music for his campaign.