Looks Like Kelly Clarkson Is Countersuing Her Father-in-Law
Kelly Clarkson’s divorce proceedings have been turbulent, and the bumpy road shows no sign of letting up any time soon. In a labor petition filed on Oct. 20, Clarkson fought back against a lawsuit alleging she owes her former father-in-law’s management company, Starstruck Management Group, a hefty sum of money.
Her estranged husband Brandon Blackstock’s father, Narvel Blackstock, filed a lawsuit against Clarkson back in September in order to reclaim what he said were millions in unpaid commissions. According to the initial lawsuit, which was obtained by Variety on Sept. 29, Blackstock’s management company alleged Clarkson owes them payment for her work on both The Voice and The Kelly Clarkson Show.
“Over the course of approximately 13 years, Starstruck developed Clarkson into a mega superstar,” the complaint states, per Variety. “By way of example only, Starstruck was instrumental in helping Clarkson achieve success in terms of numerous hit albums, multiple Grammy wins and nominations, her role on popular television shows like The Voice and her own talk show. Despite Starstruck’s hard work and dedication, Clarkson has decided she is going to stop paying Starstruck for what is contractually owed.”
Since their agreement allegedly dictates Clarkson must pay the company 15% commission on her gross earnings, Starstruck has estimated she will owe them approximately $5.4 million by the year’s end.
In her countersuit, Clarkson wrote the company was in violation of the California Labor Code for “procuring, offering, promising, or attempting to procure employment or engagements” without a talent agency license. As a result of this failure to obtain a license, Clarkson said all verbal agreements should be declared “void and unenforcable.”
Clarkson began working with Blackstock in 2007, and he later introduced her to his son, Brandon; the couple filed for divorce earlier this year. In a statement to People, Brandon’s attorney Bryan Freedman has responded to Clarkson’s countersuit, implying it is merely an attempt by her to level up during their divorce proceedings and custody battle.
“While Starstruck Management Group provided talent management services on her behalf, it did so at all times that CAA was her agency of record. It is unfortunate that Kelly is again attempting to avoid paying commissions that are due and owing to Starstruck to try and achieve some perceived advantage in her ongoing custody and divorce proceedings.”
It seems 2020 can’t come to a close soon enough for Clarkson! Do you think her countersuit will hold up in court?