In an about face, gossip TV host Wendy Williams has decided that she believes Kesha’s allegations that pop producer and Kemosabe record label head Dr. Luke raped her. Welcome Wendy, welcome.
In February, Williams gave her unfortunate opinion about a New York Supreme Court judge ruling that the singer must still, for the time being, be contractually tied to a man she calls an abuser. Here’s what Williams said:
“Unfortunately business is business, and it sounds like it’s fair. If everybody complained because somebody allegedly sexually abused them...contracts would be broken all the time...Kesha’s no spring chicken. I mean she’s like, 30 years old?...So she wasn’t stupid 10 years ago and neither was her mother when the sexual abuse—alleged sexual abuse—started, why weren’t they rolling camera on it?”
Yes, you read that correctly, Wendy felt Kesha should’ve filmed her rape to prove it. I am starting to feel like Wendy and Whoopi Goldberg have much more in common than I previously thought.
However during her show on Monday, Wendy said she’s been swayed by Kesha’s recent Instagram post that alleged she had been offered contractual freedom from Dr. Luke if she would recant her sexual abuse allegations, but that she refused to “take back the truth.” (In a statement, Dr. Luke’s lawyers called her new claims a lie, adding, “Her goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones.”)
Wendy was moved.
“Kesha, I want to a. apologize to you and b. you’re a hell of a woman…. Remember the day we were talking about that story and I said, ‘Well, there’s two sides to every story’ and you all were like ‘Well, wait Wendy, when a woman says rape, you better believe it’s rape.’ Well, no, you know what, unfortunately a lot of people lie about rape so I was just being skeptical, that’s what I do. I wasn’t sure but I’m also woman enough to say ‘Damn Kesha, I apologize.’… I don’t think a lot of women could rise to the occasion the way you did Kesha, you keep going.”
She went on to read Kesha’s aforementioned Instagram post as proof that the singer must’ve been victimized and then asked her audience whether they’d deny their own sexual assault for a large amount of hush money.