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Kesha says she was offered 'freedom' to recant rape claims
Singer Kesha has been embroiled in a battle to make music outside her contract after she claimed sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of her producer, Dr. Luke.
On Sunday, she posted on Instagram that she “got offered my freedom IF i were to lie.”
“I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped,” Kesha captioned a picture of herself sans makeup. “THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.”
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has adamantly denied the charges and in February tweeted, “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”
A representative for Gottwald released a statement saying “Kesha’s Instagram posting is false.”
“The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims,” the statement said. “That’s because all the evidence – including Kesha’s own videotaped sworn testimony – show her allegations are false.”
Gottwald signed the singer to a contract in 2005, and she first made her accusation of abuse in 2014. In February, a New York judge denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Kesha to record outside Dr. Luke’s purview.
Fans and fellow artists including Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga have rallied around the singer. Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha, who has been unable to record new music while the dispute continues.
Interracial couple evicted from Mississippi RV park
“My husband is not a thug. He’s a good man. My husband has served his country for 13 years. He’s a sergeant in the National Guard.”
The NAACP is investigating after an interracial couple was evicted from an RV park in Tulepo, Mississippi.
According to USA Today, Erica Flores Dunahoo says the eviction was due to the color of her husband's skin.
Sergeant Stanley Hoskins, an African American National Guardsman, was not with his wife on the day she made her first rental payment. One day later, Dunahoo was contacted by the owner, Gene Baker.
"Hey, you didn't tell me you was married to no black man."
Dunahoo told Baker that she wasn't aware it was an issue. She explained that Baker was very nice to her the day before, even inviting her to church and giving her a hug. She even bragged about him to her family.
Baker told her it's a problem with members of his church, community and his mother-in-law.
"You don't talk like you wouldn't be with no black man. If you had come across like you were with a black man we wouldn't have this problem right now."
Dunahoo tried to get Baker to change his mind.
He eventually returned the couple's $275 payment.
They are relocating to another RV park.
Kyle Busch surprises fan while stuck in traffic
Which celebrity would you like to be stuck in traffic with?
It was a dream come true for one woman who was leaving Martinsville Speedway after watching Kyle Busch finish first in the Sprint Cup race.
Busch's wife Samantha captured the awesome moment with a simple tweet, "Watch this!!"
It has been like over 5,200 times with more than 2,000 re-tweets.
Watch this!! pic.twitter.com/q89zucuHcw
— Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) April 3, 2016
Dr. Strange visits comic book store while filming in New York
Benedict Cumberbatch, better known as Dr. Strange, made a surprise visit to a comic store in Manhattan. Rene Rosa, owner of JHU Comic Books, the actor said he "came to specifically see them". He thought it would have been ridiculous not to visit a comic book store because he was filming nearby.
According to NY Daily News, there were less than ten people in the store at the time. Cumberbatch posed for a few photos with the store employees who had "Dr. Strange" merchandise.