Kelly Clarkson denies owing over a million dollars in unpaid commissions to her former management company and trashing her estranged husband in the process.
As The Blast previously reported, Kelly was sued byStarstruck Management Group, who accused her of refusing to pay commissions owed to them for her work on “The Voice” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show”
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, back in October, Kelly filed a petition to determine controversy with the California Labor Commission, seeking an order “declaring that the alleged agreement be declared “void”.
As we previously reported, Kelly agreed to pay Starstruck Management Group 15% commission for “gross earning, including future earnings from any projects, engagements or artistic works that began, were ongoing and/or were commercially exploited during Starstuck’s management of the Clarkson defendants.” Millions of dollars in commission is at stake over Kelly’s explosive media career, and Kelly is attempting to stop the talent company from moving forward with their lawsuit.
Starstruck is not opposing a stay in the lawsuit, since the California Labor Commission currently has jurisdiction over the matter.
According to the lawsuit, Kelly will owe Starstruck over $5 Million in commissions by the end of 2020, and the money is still outstanding from Kelly’s talk show and “The Voice”.
In Kelly Clarkson’s claim with the California Labor Commission, which was obtained by The Blast, Kelly’s position is that the “management agreement is void and unenforceable because Starstruck Management violated the Talent Agencies Act by improperly procuring employment for Kelly without obtaining a Talent Agency License from the Labor Commission”.
The labor commission regulates talent agencies with respect to their agency contracts and fees, among other things. As for Clarkson, there is a ton of money on the line, and with her continued success, the value is increasing by the day. It is alleged that Kelly’s ex, Brandon Blackstock, is an unlicensed talent agent in the State of California and that at no time has he obtained a talent license from the California Labor Commission.
Kelly believes she doesn’t owe Starstruck a dime. The case is ongoing.
As The Blast first reported, Kelly filed for divorce from Brandon on June 4, 2020. In her petition, she listed her date of separation as “To Be Determined” and financial support orders will be directly affected by this date. In California, a spouse can be awarded spousal support for %50 of the time since the date of marriage and child support can be awarded as long as the children are under 18 years of age. Divorce judgments can include anything from college tuition to support for pets! At this point, Kelly and Brandon are still working out long-term custody and support.
Kelly recently scored a huge victory when a judge awarded her primary custody of their two kids.