Grimes has revealed that numerous music producers she worked with tried to blackmail her into having sex with them.
Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, admitted she’d never acted on any of the blackmail attempts but that if she’d been ‘younger’ or ‘more financially desperate’ it could’ve been a very different story.
She told Rolling Stone:
I don’t know enough about the specifics of [Kesha’s] situation, because it seems very complicated.
But I will say I’ve been in numerous situations where male producers would literally be like: “We won’t finish the song unless you come back to my hotel room.”
If I was younger or in a more financially desperate situation, maybe I would have done that.
The singer also said she believes the problem is incredibly common and is even partly to blame for the lack of women working at the top levels in the music industry.
I don’t think there are few female producers because women aren’t interested. It’s difficult for women to get in. It’s a pretty hostile environment.
However, in a recent tweet Grimes said she doesn’t like being asked about industry sexism as she feels it leads to her being portrayed as a victim.
media propagates sexism by portraying me as a victim rather than the successful producer that I am.
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) April 14, 2016
It’s fair to say this probably highlights her point – even when specifically asked about it, many women still don’t feel comfortable taking about what is clearly a big problem in the industry.