Why Is Kelly Clarkson Being Sued by Her Father-in-Law’s Company?

Thanksgiving for the Clarkson and Blackstock family may be awkward this year.

Kelly Clarkson is being sued by her management company, which is owned by her estranged husband Brandon’s father, Narvel Blackstock. Brandon is also listed as part of the company’s executive team.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Starstruck Management Group claims they are owed more than $1.4 million in unpaid commissions from The Voice judge. The lawsuit also claimed that Clarkson breached an oral contract, and seeks “declaratory relief and an accounting.”

“Over the course of approximately 13 years, Starstruck developed Clarkson into a mega superstar,” the complaint, via Entertainment Tonight, states. “By way of example only, Starstruck was instrumental in helping Clarkson achieve success in terms of numerous hit albums, multiple GRAMMY wins and nominations, her role on popular television shows like The Voice and her own talk show.”

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“Despite Starstruck’s hard work and dedication, Clarkson has decided she is going to stop paying Starstruck for what is contractually owed,” the suit added.

Kelly Clarkson Lawsuit
Host Kelly Clarkson performs onstage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Clarkson has been represented by Starstruck since 2007, and they received a 15 percent commission of her earnings. Additionally, the suit calculated that the singer could owe Starstruck and Blackstock over $5 million of Clarkson’s commission by the end of the year, coming from her talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Voice gig, and her deal with Wayfair.