Kelly Clarkson is fighting back after her management company of 13 years, Starstruck Management Group ( owned by father-in-law Narvel Blackstock) filed a lawsuit against her in September claiming she owes more than $1.4 million in unpaid commissions this year, in addition to the $1.9 million she already paid.
In a labor petition, Kelly claimed 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.
She is arguing that any and all agreements, including their reported verbal contract in which she agreed to pay them 15% commission on her gross earnings, be "declared void and unenforceable.”
In regards to the petition, Starstruck's attorney said in a statement that it"conveniently ignores the fact that Kelly had her own licensed talent agency, Creative Artists Agency, at all times. 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.”
She further claimed that both her estranged husband Brandon and Narvel acted as unlicensed talent agents.
Kelly also wants to see full and complete accounting from them of all money they received "directly or indirectly" from all contracts, employment or engagements pertaining to her in any way and that any money made from those commissions, fees, profits, advances and producing fees be returned.
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