‘SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Supports Kesha: ‘Speaking Out Is the Hardest Part’

Actress and advocate for sexual assault victims takes to Twitter to join behind singer

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Mariska Hargitay has added herself to the chorus of entertainment professionals voicing support for Kesha.

The “Law & Order: SVU” star tweeted Monday, “For many survivors, speaking out is the hardest part. It’s also only the first step. Sending u strength @KeshaRose as u move through this.”

Kesha has been engaged in a legal and public-relations battle with her record label, Sony Music, over allegations that her longtime producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald repeatedly sexually assaulted her for roughly a decade.

Hargitay has starred on the Dick Wolf-produced NBC procedural, which focuses on sex crimes, since 1999. She is also the founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation, a nonprofit support organization for victims of sexual assault.

A court decision Friday barred Kesha from voiding a contract to produce music with her alleged abuser. Since then, the singer has received public declarations of support from performers including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato. Representatives for Taylor Swift confirmed Monday that the star had donated $250,000 to Kesha in a show of support.

Gottwald defended himself Monday on Twitter calling the accusations “horrendous and untrue.”