Kelly Clarkson Hits Back at Brandon Blackstock in 3-Year Court Feud

Clarkson's countersuit escalates long-standing management dispute saga.

by Nouman Rasool
Kelly Clarkson Hits Back at Brandon Blackstock in 3-Year Court Feud
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Kelly Clarkson's ongoing legal saga with her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock, and his father Narvel Blackstock's management company, Starstruck Entertainment, the acclaimed singer and talk show host has launched a counteroffensive.

More than three years after their separation, Clarkson has initiated a countersuit, challenging the management firm in a legal dispute that has both personal and professional implications. This legal confrontation has its roots in a decision made by a California regulatory agency, which mandated that Starstruck Entertainment reimburse Clarkson a sum of $2.6 million.

This directive came after the agency found that the commissions collected by the company during Brandon Blackstock's tenure as Clarkson's manager were unjustified. Clarkson's recent legal move, a cross-complaint filed in Los Angeles Court on March 11 and reported by E!

News, asserts that her association with Starstruck Entertainment, from 2007 to 2020, was marred by violations of labor laws, primarily because the firm operated without the requisite talent agency license. The intricate details of the filing reveal Clarkson's contention that her contractual engagements with Starstruck were predicated on deceptive practices, aimed at sidestepping the stringent requirements of the Talent Agencies Act.

Clarkson's legal representatives have argued for the annulment of all contracts between the singer and Starstruck, asserting that no further payments should be made to the management firm. They also demand a comprehensive financial audit of all transactions related to Clarkson's work while she was represented by Starstruck.

Legal Battle Ignites

This legal entanglement began to unravel in September 2020, three months following Clarkson's divorce filing. Initially, Starstruck sued Clarkson, claiming she owed them $1.4 million in unpaid commissions for her roles on The Voice and The Kelly Clarkson Show.

In response, Clarkson challenged the lawsuit and petitioned the California Labor Commission, accusing her ex-husband of demanding excessive fees and failing to act in her best interest due to his uncertified status as a talent agent.

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement's ruling in November 2023 favored Clarkson, ordering Brandon Blackstock to return the contested $2.6 million in commissions. However, the decision was promptly appealed by Blackstock, prolonging the legal dispute.

Throughout this ordeal, Clarkson has been open about the personal toll the divorce and subsequent legal battles have taken, especially concerning the well-being of her children, River Rose and Remington Alexander. Despite these challenges, Clarkson has expressed a sense of rejuvenation post-divorce, telling E! News about the rediscovery of her self-identity and the positive changes in her life.

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