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Jillette Johnson: ‘I was sexually abused by a music producer’

Kesha’s ongoing sexual abuse lawsuit against producer and mentor Dr. Luke Singer/songwriter has prompted singer Jillette Johnson to open up about her experiences behind closed studio doors.
The Tik Tok hitmaker filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against Dr. Luke in October, 2014, accusing him of subjecting her to years of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse. Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, hit back with his own countersuit for defamation and extortion, alleging the singer and her mother, Pebe Sebert, had threatened to go public with various stories about his alleged inappropriate behaviour unless he released her from the management contract she signed with him when she was 18.
The 28-year-old asked to be released from her record deal with Dr. Luke, but a judge dismissed her request on Friday (19Feb16), and the ruling has prompted Johnson to come forward about the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of a 45-year-old producer when she was 16.
“I don’t talk about this, have never dreamed of sharing it publicly, and might regret doing so,” she writes on Facebook.com, “but right now I think it’s important for women to speak out and show each other support.
“Like most women I know, I am a victim of sexual abuse. Being in the music industry since I was 12 put me right in the line of fire, so I suppose it was only a matter of time.
“When I was 16, my 45 year old producer plied me with whiskey and tried to take advantage of me. It was heartbreaking, confusing, and sent me into years of therapy and battles with depression and anxiety.”
The 26-year-old goes on to explain she initially blamed herself for what happened, thinking somehow she attracted the alleged abuse because of the way her she looked or acted.
“(I) thought I was somehow too sparkly eyed or friendly, which warranted unwanted sexual advances,” she continues. “Maybe subconsciously I was desperate for attention or control? Or maybe I was such a developed, mature young girl and it confused him?”
However, she now realises that she was not at fault and insists she is tired of living in a country where women are not believed when they come forward with claims of abuse.
She has also blasted the ruling in Kesha’s case, insisting no woman should have to be in contact with her alleged abuser.
“Well I’m 26 now and done trying to justify the actions of an adult male who should know better,” she adds. “And I am disgusted to find out that our country will not try to protect women like Kesha, me, and countless others from such abuse. I haven’t seen this person (her abuser) in a decade, and have had nightmares about encountering him. He’s had the undeserved privilege of playing a role in my psyche and development, but thankfully he lives only in my memory as a sad old man.
“The fact that Kesha is forced to see, let alone interact, let alone be alone in a room with her abuser is a horrendously scary idea. And then the concept that her only escape from the situation is to give up her livelihood? Unthinkable. I’m sorry but the judicial system is severely f**ked if this is where we are now. That poor girl is in a living nightmare and she needs to be saved…”
As a result of the ruling, Kesha claims she cannot work with another producer, so she has to return to the studio with Dr. Luke or give up making new music.

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