Taylor Swift Just Gave Kesha $250K To help legal fight against producer accused of rape By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Feb 22, 2016 5:00 AM CST Updated Feb 22, 2016 10:45 AM CST 51 comments Comments Taylor Swift performs during her "1989" world tour in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) (Newser) – Taylor Swift is helping out Kesha's court battle in a big way: The singer has donated $250,000 "to help with any of her financial needs," her rep tells E! News. Kesha is fighting to get out of a contract with a music producer she accuses of raping her, and her mom calls Swift's gesture "amazing." Not quite as wowed is singer Demi Lovato. "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed," she tweeted minutes after Swift's donation was announced, per the New York Daily News. On Instagram, she added she "would rather start a dialogue ... than throw money at one person," and denied she was throwing "shade" at Swift, per ET. "I'm just tired of seeing women use 'women empowerment' and 'feminism' to further brands."