Shouldn't Kesha's Fans Advocate for Sony to Set Dr. Luke Free Instead?
Kesha is currently embroiled in a very public battle with Sony Music over a contract that keeps her bound to the label and producer Dr. Luke, whom she alleges raped and drugged her. Dr. Luke has denied the claim.
Dell’Orso’s post was seen by Desiree Das Gupta, of the band Kaleidoscope Horse, who reposted it on a private Facebook group for women in the Toronto music scene, according to writer Kristel Jax (a.k.a. Aubrey Jax), an artist herself who performs as Brigitte Bardon’t.
“Learning that his comments had been shared, Dell'Orso began sending harassing messages to at least two women via Facebook: Das Gupta, and Toronto drummer Jocelyn Conway, who unfriended Dell'Orso after learning about his comments,” Jax wrote on music news site Chart Attack.
“After accusing Das Gupta of slander, Dell'Orso’s messages to Conway, who for her part repeatedly asked him to stop communicating with her, included memes, a Hillary Clinton reference, and a link to an article about Kesha’s 2011 statement, made, Kesha now claims, due to threats to her and her family, that producer Dr. Luke never drugged and raped her.
“Word spread about Dell'Orso’s actions, and by the end of the week, two venues and at least two bands had backed out of Hi-Fi, and then he didn’t have a festival at all.”
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Hi-Fi Musical Adventure was supposed to take place March 10-12 across five venues with a lineup of 60 artists.
“I apologize to Jocelyn and Desiree for what transpired,” Dell’Orso began the second paragraph of the statement. “I do have the biggest respect for women in this world and particularly in the music industry. I’ve seen first hand how they can be treated…”
Prior to receiving the comment from Dell’Orso, Billboard reached Amanda Langton by email. “I've dismantled Hi-Fi - I feel it's for the best,” she wrote. “Silver Dollar and Old Laurel have taken over the shows in their bars. I've kept others and hope to have those bands still play - they deserve it. Beyond that, I'm not ready to speak further at the minute. I need to focus on keeping what I can from totally collapsing.”
Read Anthony Dell’Orso's full statement:
What Kesha is going through is horrible and the deal that she signed is a form of slavery. I never meant to make light of the situation having to do with the allegations surrounding her and Dr. Luke. I did a stupid thing posting what I did in the first place and the events that followed. Looking back, I should have just stepped away from it and let it lie, but sometimes emotions get the best of you.
I apologize to Jocelyn and Desiree for what transpired. I do have the biggest respect for women in this world and particularly in the music industry. I’ve seen first hand how they can be treated. I’ve supported women from the onset of my booking days, working with The Red Door Shelter hosting fundraisers for displaced women and co-founding the #girlsrock concert series.
We were then warned that Chart Attack was writing an article on the situation and about Hi-Fi. We talked to Chart Attack as well, however when the article came out, my side of the story wasn’t featured one bit and the pitchforks came out.
Renting backline for the weekend + promo + this + that.. you do the math. This wasn’t a calculated move. This could have been financial suicide as our costs were running in the 5 figures with everything we had done to that point but we were so confident that this was going to been a success that we kept moving forward and our eye on the prize. After what happened, I pulled out of Hi-Fi and told Amanda to continue it on her own.
All in all, this turned out to be way bigger than it should have ever been. I did a stupid thing and I’m paying for it. I feel terrible about the situation that Amanda has been put in. She has been supportive and has helped me through the thought process of this whole situation. I will make it up to her in some shape or form, sooner than later.
Again, I apologize for my behaviour and the fallout it caused. I’ll try to repair any relationships that may have been affected by this and trust me I’ve seen far better days. I’ll come out of this stronger and wiser as I’m in this industry for the love of it and not the money. Music is my drug, and damn will I ever fight for it.