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Kesha Cancels Her Friday Performance at Loyola

By Mae Rice in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 25, 2016 3:52PM

Kesha (via Instagram)

Pop star Kesha, who sang monster hits “Tik Tok” and “Timber,” has cancelled her Loyola concert on Friday. Loyola’s Department of Programming (DOP) released a Facebook statement, which explained:

Kesha will no longer be able to perform at Loyola’s annual Colossus weekend due to personal reasons. Kesha has expressed her disappointment in having to cancel, but she feels that this is the best decision for her at this time. We respect her decision and wish her well.
The DOP also said that ticketholders would receive refunds.

Kesha, whose legal name is Kesha Rose Sebert, is currently suing Sony for release from a contract that binds her to work with Dr. Luke, a producer—whose legal name is Lukasz Gottwald—who Kesha alleges drugged and raped her.

A judge ruled last week that Kesha could not be released from her contract with Sony. However, that doesn’t close the case. The next step: Both sides of the lawsuit must submit their demands for discovery of evidence by March 21, according to People.

Loyola students had scheduled a rally in support of Kesha and her legal struggle for the afternoon before her show. Titled “Loyola In Solidarity With Kesha” on Facebook, the rally is slated to go forward, despite the cancelled show.

“BREAKING: Kesha's management canceled her appearance at Loyola, but THE RALLY TO SUPPORT KESHA AND END RAPE CULTURE IS STILL ON,” rally organizer Melissa Haggerty wrote on the event page Wednesday.

“Kesha might not be coming, but Rape Culture is still here,” Sarah Kovathana wrote in a comment on Haggerty’s post.