The New York judge who in April ruled that Kesha couldn't record outside her contract with Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records, a Sony Music Entertainment imprint, calling the contract "heavily negotiated and typical for the industry," is married to an attorney who's a partner at a law firm that counts Sony as a client.
According to the New York Post, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich's husband is Ed Kornreich of New York-based Proskauer Rose. E! News has confirmed via public records that the Kornreichs share a Manhattan address.
But what, if anything, does this mean for Kesha's case? On Aug. 1, the artist—who's happily just started touring again for the first time in almost a year—filed to dismiss her sex-abuse suit against producer and record exec Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) in California, though the case lives on in New York. After she first filed suit in California, Dr. Luke sued her for defamation and breach of contract in New York, prompting Kesha to counter-sue there for sexual harassment and other related claims. And that's where Kornreich dealt the blow that prompted the #FreeKesha movement on Twitter.