#FreeKesha Trends After Judge Rules Her Texts To Lady Gaga About Dr. Luke Were Defamatory

After a judge ruled that texts Kesha sent to Lady Gaga where she accused producer Dr. Luke of raping Katy Perry were defamatory, "Free Kesha" trended Friday, with many showing support for the singer.

A New York Supreme Court Judge ruled Thursday that Kesha's texts were defamatory. "Publication of a false statement to even one person, here Lady Gaga, is sufficient to impose liability," the judge wrote, according to Pitchfork.

Additionally, the judge ruled that Kesha violated her contract with Dr. Luke's company KMI due to late royalty payments. Kesha was ordered to pay $374,000 in interest.

In 2017, Gaga was served a subpoena for texts between her and the High Road singer, in which Kesha accused the producer of raping Perry. In a deposition unsealed in July 2017, Perry testified that Dr. Luke did not rape or sexually assault her, nor did they ever have a sexual or romantic relationship, Variety reported.

Kesha's lawyers plan to keep fighting for the singer. "We disagree with the Court's rulings. We plan to immediately appeal," her lawyers said in a statement to Pitchfork.

Dr. Luke's lawyers saw the ruling as a victory. "Today's important decision by the Court in Dr. Luke's lawsuit brings him closer to the justice that he seeks," his lawyers said in a statement to Pitchfork. "Dr. Luke looks forward to the trial of his case where he will prove that Kesha's other false statements about him were equally false and defamatory."

Kesha's and Dr. Luke's lawyers did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment from Newsweek.

Fans showed an overwhelming amount of support for Kesha on social media. "The Kesha verdict sucks, and is yet another example of defamation laws being weaponised to silence and punish victims of assault who dare to speak up," journalist Catherine Bouris wrote. "This is why survivors don't come forward," singer Jamie Lambert wrote.

Many fans tweeted that they were upset that the judge ruled that Kesha owed Dr. Luke money. "No survivor of sexual assault should ever have to pay anything to the person who abused them," a Kesha fan account wrote. Another fan called it "disgraceful."

Despite the overwhelming amount of support for Kesha, some Twitter users took Dr. Luke's side from the court's ruling. Citing Perry's deposition and Kesha's 2011 videotaped deposition, where she said Dr. Luke never made sexual advances toward her, according to People. Marijuana Stocks owner Jason Spatafora said he didn't understand the hashtag.

Some fans shared videos of Kesha performing songs that she wrote regarding the sexual assault charges she brought against Dr. Luke, including her 2018 Grammy performance of "Praying."

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Kesha leaves the New York State Supreme Court on February 19, 2016, in New York City. On Thursday, a judge ruled that the singer defamed producer Dr. Luke and owed his company payment in royalties. Raymond Hall/GC Images/Getty
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