Kelly Clarkson Countersues Father-in-Law in Legal Battle Amid Ugly Divorce

Kelly Clarkson Countersues Father-in-Law in Legal Battle Amid Ugly Divorce

November 9, 2020

It’s not a surprise that the person who sings “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” wouldn’t back down for a fight. Kelly Clarkson is countersuing her estranged husband Brandon Blackstock’s father, Narvel Blackstock, and his management company, Starstruck Management Group. The company alleges that Kelly owes them $1.4 million in unpaid commissions, but she denies these claims.

People reports that in a labor petition filed on Oct. 20, Kelly wrote that Starstruck Management Group violated the California Labor Code for “procuring, offering, promising, or attempting to procure employment or engagements” for her without first obtaining a talent agency license. So, she says, any and all agreements—including their reported verbal contract in which she agreed to pay them 15 percent commission on her gross earnings—be “declared void and unenforceable.”

Brandon’s attorney Bryan Freedman responded to her argument in a statement to People:

Variety was the first to break this news of the initial suit on Sept. 29, reporting that she owes them millions for her work on The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Voice this year. They are also claiming that she’ll owe at least $5.4 million by the end of 2020.

Kelly started working with Narvel back in 2007, and he’s the one who introduced her to Brandon, whom she married in 2013. The pair split up in June, and Kelly opened up about the breakup on her show, saying, “2020 has brought a lot of change also to my personal life. Definitely didn’t see anything coming that came.”

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