Kelly Clarkson Legally Hits Back At Ex Father In Law
Kelly Clarkson has decided to take matters into the legal hands. She has decided to hit back after her 13-year-old management company filed a lawsuit against her.
Starstruck Management Group is owned by Kelly’s estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock’s father, Narvel Blackstock. They filed a lawsuit against her claiming that she owes them more than $1.4 million in unpaid commissions. However, that’s not all. This is in addition to the $1.9 million that she has already paid.
A labor petition was filed on October 20 in which Kelly Clarkson claimed that the management company had violated the California Labor Code. This was for “procuring, offering, promising, or attempting to procure employment or engagements” for her without obtaining a talent agency license first.
So according to her, their verbal contract in which she had agreed to pay them 15% commission on her gross earnings, including other agreements, be “declared void and unenforceable.”
Starstruck Responds To Kelly Clarkson’s Petition
Starstruck’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman spoke to People about Kelly’s petition. He said that the petition conveniently ignores that Kelly had her own licensed talent agency at all times. He is talking about Kelly’s Creative Artists Agency here.
“While Starstruck Management Group provided talent management services on her behalf. It did so at all times that CAA was her agency of record,” he continued. “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.”
While Kelly claimed in her petition that both her ex-husband and ex-father-in-law acted as unlicensed talent agents. She also stated that Starstruck had evaded the licensing requirements that had been set by the Talent Agencies Act.
Based on many wrongful acts that she included in her petition. Kelly argued that she is not liable to pay any commission that Starstruck is seeking. She also contended that the money she has previously paid should also be returned.
This legal battle comes amid Kelly’s split from ex-husband, Brandon. The two share a daughter and son together. The singer had signed for divorce after seven years of marriage. The reason citing irreconcilable differences.