Rebecca Ferguson has hit back at those she claims abuse their power in the music industry and vows she refuses to be silent anymore.
The 31-year-old jazz singer said that she was exercising her right to freedom before making a number of allegations that suggested she was discriminated against and defrauded.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Rebecca posted the 1,600 word strong essay to her Twitter account this evening and wrote: I am exercising my human right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
I write this as a statement of truth, and I do so as I believe in justice, truth and I dislike any abuse of power or any system that does not offer equality.
Referring to her own story, she continued: On the surface, my career would appear to have been at times a dream come true. However, the reality of the abuses I have suffered behind the scenes is a completely different tale and one of abuse, bullying and the total misuse of power.
It left me broken and unable to express my music in the way that I would have liked to, she claimed. It changed how I wrote my songs as I was filled with sadness and anger at something I had no power to change.
As she continued, Rebecca alleges that she was forced into a record contract, before becoming the victim of systematic bullying when she wanted to terminate it.
She also claimed that poor treatment caused her to become ill, collapse on occasion, and caused her body to create pre-cancerous cells.
Rebecca alleges an attempt was made to liquidate her assets without her knowledge or permission, and claims that she was the target of a con artist.
Continuing her statement, Rebecca claimed she feared for her and her children as she continued to get blackmailed.
As the reign of terror continued, she also alleges that important files were destroyed as she repeatedly received hate mail and threats.
She also claimed that she was forced to flee her home to safety.
In a seemingly unconnected set of incidents, Rebecca claimed she became the target of racism within the music industry, and she alleges she was told: Black people are only good for entertaining and running, and not for sitting as CEOs of companies.
At another event, she claimed someone said to her: When you earn as much as you do you dont get a say in how you live your life you do as we say.
As humans we do not evolve if we stay silent, Rebecca continued. I have been brave today although I have not named my oppressors, I have made the first move in fighting back against them.
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And maybe they will come for me even more now.
But I will not be silenced, Rebecca concluded. I will not be forced to sign words I do not mean I will stand true to my convictions I will not be bullied.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Rebeccas representatives for further comment.
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