Kesha's ongoing court case against Dr. Luke and Sony (the former of whom she's accused of sexual and emotional abuse) has been making headlines for months—but actually listening to the musician talk about her experience is so different than reading about it. Kesha's pain is visible and real—and laid out for all to see in a new video interview with Noisey.
"When you work really hard at something, then to have it taken away from you is pretty devastating," Kesha says of the lawsuit in the above clip. "I worked my ass off for a lot of years to be able to do it: I sang backup vocals, and the first couple songs I was on I didn't get credited, but I didn't give a f--k 'cause I just had this one vision. Once you earn that and make that happen, then to have it taken away from you is pretty devastating. It is definitely a mind f--k."
"When you work really hard at something, then to have it taken away from you is pretty devastating."
At this point, Kesha starts to cry, saying "I'm going to cry. Just thinking about it. Just thinking about it makes me upset."
Kesha was denied a request to be released from her Sony contract in February 2016. She recently dropped her court case in California, but is still pursuing her appeal and "other legal claims" in New York.