Kelly Clarkson is being sued by her former father-in law Narvel Blackstock, who is also the ex-husband of country icon Reba, who was married to him for over 26 years.
Variety reports that Starstruck Entertainment (owned by Blackstock) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday (9/29) claiming it’s owed $1.4 million in unpaid commissions.
Clarkson married Blackstock’s son, Brandon Blackstock, in 2013, and filed for divorce earlier this year. The couple has two children together. The younger Blackstock formerly acted as his wife’s day to day manager.
The complaint reads that Clarkson has not paid the full commission this year for her work on The Voice and The Kelly Clarkson Show, her syndicated talk show.
The company has represented Clarkson for the last 13 years, and was paid a 15% commission on her gross earnings. The suit states that Clarkson has paid the firm $1.9 million this year, but owes another $1.4 million.
The complaint continues, “Over the course of approximately 13 years, Starstruck developed Clarkson into a mega superstar. 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. Despite Starstruck’s hard work and dedication, Clarkson has decided she is going to stop paying Starstruck for what is contractually owed.”
The suit alleges a breach of oral contract, and seeks declaratory relief and an accounting. Starstruck is represented by Bryan J. Freedman of Freedman & Taitelman LLP.