KELLY Clarkson’s divorce was finalized months ago, but her legal battle with her ex-husband’s family could drag on for a YEAR, The Sun reports.
The talk show host, who filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock in June 2020, is still going through the courts after her former father-in-law’s company sued her.
Narvel Blackstock’s company, Starstruck Management Group, filed a lawsuit in September 2020, alleging that the singer owed millions of dollars in unpaid commissions.
The 40-year-old star countered two months later, accusing them of violating the California Labor Code by “providing, offering, promising, or attempting to obtain jobs or engagements.”
She also claimed that both Brandon, 45, and Narvel, 65, acted as unlicensed talent agents, which they have denied.
Kelly went on to insist that all agreements — including their verbally reported contract, in which she agreed to pay them 15 percent commission on their gross earnings — “be declared void and unenforceable.”
The latest court documents, filed in LA and viewed by The Sun, show the families are still at war, with the next hearing in the case not scheduled until next year.
A new judge, the Honorable Wendy Chang, has now been appointed, and a status conference to stay action “pending determination of controversy before the California Labor Commissioner” will now be held on March 27, 2023.
Following a counterclaim, Starstruck’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, told People Magazine: “[Clarkson’s petition] conveniently ignores the fact that Kelly had her own licensed talent agency [Creative Artists Agency] at any time.
“Although Starstruck Management Group provided talent management services on their behalf, they did so at all times as CAA was their registered agency,” he continued.
“It is unfortunate that Kelly is once again attempting to avoid paying commissions due to Starstruck in order to gain a perceived advantage in her ongoing child custody and divorce proceedings.”
In earlier court filings, the company claimed that despite her “hard work and dedication” to the star’s career for more than a decade, she allegedly decided to “stop paying Starstruck for what was contractually owed.”
In separate court documents, Kelly requested that the case against her continue until after the Labor Commissioner’s trial because if she wins, all claims against her are “disputed.”
If Kelly loses the lawsuit, the lawsuit will likely continue for months after next year’s scheduled status conference.
Narvel was married to country music legend Reba McEntire from 1989 to 2015, and his company managed his ex-wife’s music career along with a host of other big names.
Although Kelly’s divorce was officially announced in March, her and Brandon’s attorneys asked the Los Angeles Superior Court to extend retired Judge Scott Gordon’s term through the end of July, citing unresolved issues.
Gordon, previously employed as a private judge for the couple, was set to step down in June, according to the DailyMail.
After a July 15 hearing, a new court filing seen by The Sun shows the parties failed to formally file a request to extend the judge’s time on the case.
The document also states: “The appointment has expired by operation of law.
Kelly, who was married for seven years before filing for divorce, had previously received primary custody of her two children with Brandon, daughter River, seven, and son Remington, six.
The star met her music manager and ex-husband backstage at a rehearsal for the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2006.
The couple got engaged in December 2012 and married a year later at a luxury estate in Tennessee.
On March 8, 2022, it was reported that Kelly and Brandon reached a divorce settlement that included a custody and child support agreement between the two.
Kelly’s ex, who lost his bid to contest her marriage contract, also previously claimed $5.2 million a year in spousal support from the star, which is said to be worth around $45 million.
But a court later ruled that Kelly would pay $45,601 a month in child support until River and Remington turned 18, graduated from high school, or otherwise became self-employed.
She was also ordered to pay her ex-spouse $115,000 a month in child support through January 2024, in addition to a one-time, tax-free fee of $1,326,161.
Kelly preserved the Montana ranch that she and Brandon bought, where he’s lived since the split, and he’s since bought a $1.8 million home in the state.
Meanwhile, Kelly has sold her former family home in Los Angeles and bought her own apartment in Toluca Lake, where she lives with her children while she hosts her show.
The down to earth star admitted she “didn’t see” their divorce at their 2020 season premiere.
“[It] changed my personal life a lot too,” she told viewers. “I definitely didn’t see anything coming, what was coming.
“But what I’m dealing with is difficult because it affects more than just my heart. It affects many little hearts.”
“You know, we have four children [including step-children] and divorce is never easy, and we both come from divorced families, so we know it’s best here to protect our kids and their little hearts.”
Kelly was also candid about her divorce from Willie Geist on Sunday Today, joking that her life is a “dumpster.”
The Miss Independent singer said: “I mean, it’s no secret. My life has been a bit of a dumpster.
“Personally, it was a bit difficult with the last couples [of] Months.
“I’ve spoken to friends who are going through a divorce.
“I don’t know how people go through this without some kind of outlet because it’s the worst thing ever for everyone involved.”
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