THE pop star Kesha, who has accused her producer of raping her, has become emotional on stage while accepting an award in Nashville.
The singer, famous for her hits Tik Tok, Die Young and Timber, choked up as she was honoured for her stance against harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
The pop singer last month lost the first round of her legal action to be freed from her contract with hitmaker Dr Luke.
He denies her claims and says she is smearing him to get out of her contract.
“As many of you know I am going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately and I just want to say thank you for the support I have received,” Kesha told the audience at the Human Rights Campaign Nashville in her hometown on Saturday.
The singer, who was born Kesha Rose Sebert, stepped away from the microphone to compose herself, prompting the audience to cheer her on.
Making a sworn statement in August, Kesha said the producer, born Lukasz Gottwald, raped her a decade ago after giving her a pill that rendered her unconscious.
She says he forced her to “take drugs and alcohol in order to take advantage of her sexually while she was intoxicated” and bullied her to lose weight.
Dr Luke’s attorneys point out that Kesha said he “never made sexual advances at me” during sworn questioning in another lawsuit in 2011.
Her legal team says she was too afraid to speak out.
A number of celebrities have voiced support for Kesha, including Lady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift, who gave $250,000 for her legal fees. SkyNews
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