Kesha attends first public event at DailyMail.com Halloween bash since revealing she almost starved herself to death while working with Dr. Luke
Kesha turned out in NYC Thursday night for the DailyMail.com Seriously Scary Halloween Masquerade Party.
The Tik Tok singer made it her first public appearance since the publication of a searing interview with the NY Times this week in which she laid bare more details of her personal struggles while working with producer Dr. Luke.
The 29-year-old rocked a black suit decorated with a white skull and crossbones along with a colorful star, a heart, a rainbow and other patterns.
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Public appearance: Kesha turned out in NYC Thursday for the DailyMail.com Seriously Scary Halloween Masquerade Party rocking a black suit decorated with a skull and crossbones
She wore her blonde hair lose and falling down in lose waves as she arrived at The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel.
Under her black suit jacket she sported a a flouncy cream blouse and wore a pair of black heeled boots.
She accentuated her eyes with dark kohl on both lids and added lashings of mascara as well as some pink lip gloss and blush.
Looking great: Before heading out to the bash, the Tik Tok singer posted this selfie to Instagram with her blonde hair cascading down around her shoulders in loose waves
Animal instinct: On the back of her rainbow tassled jacket she had the legend Real Wild One and a picture of a tiger along with two pouncing tigers on her behind
Ready for a good time: Kesha struck her best 'seriously scary' pose as she headlined the DailyMail.com party
Before heading out the door to attend the bash, she shared a selfie to her Instagram with the caption: 'Getting my creepy on at the seriously scary @dailymail Halloween masquerade party!!!!!'
The singer and songwriter remains locked in a legal battle with Dr. Luke with whom she signed a recording contract when she was 18.
In a new interview with the NY Times, Kesha spoke out again about the abuse she alleges she suffered at the powerful producer's hands.
Around the time her album Animal was released in 2010, she has said he criticized her weight in front of others.
'I was under immense pressure to starve myself,' she told the publication. 'And I tried to and almost killed myself in the process.'
New interview: Kesha told the NY Times in an interview published this week she felt pressured to lose weight while working with producer Dr. Luke and almost starved herself to death
Dr. Luke has denied any and all claims of abuse and filed a countersuit against her for breach of contract and defamation after she filed suit in 2014 to be released from her recording contract claiming he had 'drugged and raped her.'
It was also in 2014 that she checked herself into a treatment facility specializing in eating disorders where she spent two months getting help.
This past February, a judge in New York denied Kesha's request for an injunction on her recording contract.
The decision left her in limbo, unable to release new music and locked in another legal round of appeals.
Ongoing court case: Kesha is locked in a legal battle with Dr. Luke whom, she claims, 'drugged and raped' her, allegations he denies. She's pictured in February after a judge in New York denied her request for an injunction on her recording contract
'Starved herself': Kesha, pictured left in October 2009 and right, in December 2008, claimed she 'almost killed herself' as she desperately tried to lose weight around this time
She tells the NY Times now that Dr. Luke was the one who pushed the image of a party girl who was all about fun and made her change the lyrics to her songs.
Of her hit Tik Tok, she recalls: 'I remember specifically him saying: ‘Make it more dumb. Make it more stupid. Make it more simple, just dumb.’'
Dr. Luke, through his representatives, denied to the NY Times that he had manipulated the singer's image, pressured her over which songs to put on the Animal album or had emotionally abused her in any way.
Better: Kesha underwent treatment in 2014 at a facility specializing in eating disorders. She thanked the NY TImes on Wednesday for 'shedding light on my life and legal situation.'
On Wednesday, Kesha took to her Instagram to thank the newspaper for 'shedding light on my life and legal situation.'
She wrote: 'There's nothing harder than dreaming and working and fighting for something your whole entire life, since you were 3 years old, since you could speak. and you FINALLY achieve it. and then have someone else take it away from you.'
'My heart has a giant hole in it and is literally aching and throbbing from sadness and loss. imagine someone owning your voice... and not letting you sing. singing is how I have dealt with everything in my life. and my right has been taken away.'
DR. LUKE'S LAWYER RESPONDS TO KESHA'S NEW YORK TIMES PROFILE
Dr. Luke's lawyer, Christine Lepera, provided a statement to Billboard on Wednesday in response to Kesha's profile:
'The New York Times Magazine profile piece that ran today unfortunately has many inaccuracies.
This article is part of a continuing coordinated press campaign by Kesha to mislead the public, mischaracterize what has transpired over the last two years, and gain unwarranted sympathy.
Kesha filed a shock and awe complaint of alleged abuse against Luke Gottwald in 2014 - for contract negotiation leverage. It backfired.
She never intended to prove her claims. She has voluntarily withdrawn her California complaint, after having her counterclaims in New York for alleged abuse dismissed.
Nevertheless, she continues to maliciously level false accusations in the press to attack our client.
The reality is that for well over two years, Kesha chose - and it was entirely her choice - not to provide her label with any music.
Kesha was always free to move forward with her music, and an album could have been released long ago had she done so.
She exiled herself.
It was not until months after the denial of her injunction motion – for the first time in June and July 2016 - that Kesha started to provide the label with music.
She provided 22 recordings created without any label consultation which were not in compliance with her contract, were in various stages of development, and which Kesha’s own team acknowledged needed work. Then, and for the last several months, the label has been in discussions with Kesha and her team to choose the best music, create additional music, and work on the tracks created.
A&R representatives of both Kemosabe and RCA have provided Kesha with detailed feedback in writing and in person on the tracks she provided to help her further develop the material. Kesha has also agreed with Kemosabe and RCA on a list of producers who will work with her on these tracks, a studio has been reserved for these sessions, and a budget for certain work provided.
The creation of an album is a process, however what has clearly been communicated is that the aim is for a release date as early as possible. It is in the economic best interest of the label and Mr. Gottwald to put out a top selling album, and that takes time. In fact, the label suggested an early release of an advance Kesha track. It was Kesha’s team who rejected this proposal.
Kesha’s claim in the article that she has no ability to earn money outside of touring is completely rebutted by well documented public court records which apparently escaped the article’s attention.'
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