According to Variety, Grammy Award-winning pop sensation Kelly Clarkson is getting sued by her longtime management company of the last 13 years, Starstruck Management Group. Starstruck claims they are owed $1.4 million in unpaid commissions and has officially filed their complaint with the Los Angeles Superior Court.
The company is owned by Narvel Blackstock, the ex-husband of Reba McEntire, who has also been Clarkson's father-in-law since 2013. It was through her business manager that the American Idol star met her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. The couple shares two children together, River Rose and Remington Alexander, who the celeb regularly shares adorable pics of on her social media accounts.
According to the complaint, the alleged unpaid commissions are from Clarkson's earnings from her two NBC shows, The Voice and The Kelly Clarkson Show. Apparently, there was no written management agreement between Starstruck and Clarkson, but they are claiming breach of oral contract as Clarkson allegedly agreed to pay 15% of her gross earnings in a verbal contract with her lawyer in 2007. The management firm is also claiming that by the end of the year, Clarkson will owe them over $5.4 million. So far this year she has paid them $1.9 million in commissions so everything in the claim is in addition to that.
Variety reports that the complaint is listed as the following. Starstruck and their lawyers are seeking declaratory relief.
"Over the course of approximately 13 years, Starstruck developed Clarkson into a mega superstar," the complaint 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. Despite Starstruck's hard work and dedication, Clarkson has decided she is going to stop paying Starstruck for what is contractually owed."