Bebe Rexha Felt Like She Was ‘Going To Get Raped’ In The Studio When Starting Her Career

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As the #MeToo movement exposed the alarming prevalence of sexual harassment in the film industry, it wasn’t long before similar stories in other industries also emerged.

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While it hasn’t experienced quite such a seismic event as the Harvey Weinstein scandal, a number of high profile cases in the music industry have demonstrated a similar strain of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Instances such as Kesha vs. Dr Luke, which left the singer tied to a recording contract and unable to release music for four years after she accused the producer of rape and assault, while he waged a defamation lawsuit against her. Or Ryan Adams being accused of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse, Taylor Swift winning a civil lawsuit against a DJ who grabbed her behind, to the increasing and increasingly bizarre cases against R Kelly. It seems the music industry is potentially as riddled with inappropriate actions as much as the film industry, and the stories are continuing to reveal themselves.

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Bebe Rexha, for example – a musician who has been in the industry for the best part of a decade, but has only found household recognition in the past couple years – has recently spoken out about a number of instances in which she experienced seriously inappropriate behaviour from people she was working with.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter revealed several occasions of uncomfortable experiences with producers and songwriters, one of which left her secretly ordering a taxi and fleeing the studio.

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She said:

There was one night. I was alone in the studio and a [different] producer had a group of five or six guys with him. I had heard things about him from his past and I just couldn’t take it any more. I felt like I was going to get raped. I quietly called myself a taxi from the recording booth, which was enclosed, and I got the fuck out of there. It was the worst night ever.

While, in another story, Rexha revealed:

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There was a producer who would come into the studio and massage my feet. One time he tried to go above my knees and was getting a little rough, [so] I pulled my feet away. He said, ‘Nah, I’m going to do what I want’. But I was raised to never let someone touch my body if I don’t want them to.

However, the producer persisted later on, with his assistant reportedly phoning Rexha in the middle of the night to tell her he wanted to buy her a sundress to wear with ‘no underwear’.

Rexha added: ‘He’s really famous. My former managers said, ‘Just work with him, you need a hit song.”

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The singer also recalled an encounter which took place at Dr Luke’s house, who had flown Rexha to LA early on in her career for her ‘big break’.

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She said:

When I first got to LA, I worked with a very big producer. He put me in a room with lots of other songwriters and engineers who all seemed high. One writer walked in and said, ‘Listen – you have no hits, but I have loads, so I’m going to go downstairs and party with my friends and you’re going to write a song, record the vocals and edit it. That will be our song that we wrote together.’

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Noting that what happened to Kesha could have easily happened to her, Bebe added:

I was scared that could have been my situation. I remember being at a dinner party with [Kesha and her mother, Pebe Sebert]. Her mom came up to me and whispered, ‘Don’t do it.’ She was talking about working with Dr Luke.

The music industry can be a dark place, and she could have been trying to stop me from getting in her daughter’s way. But I listened and honestly? Trusting her was the best thing I ever did.

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