Kelly Clarkson has hit back at her former father-in-law with a lawsuit, after his management company filed documents claiming she owes $1.4 million (£1 million) in unpaid commissions, after she already paid $1.9 million (£1.4 million).
The Breakaway hitmaker has filed the suit against Starstruck Management Company, which is owned by her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock’s father, Narvel Blackstock.
She claims the company violated the California Labour Code by ‘procuring, offering, promising, or attempting to procure employment or engagements,’ according to PEOPLE.
Clarkson, 38, reportedly goes on to claim that any agreements, including an alleged verbal contract in which she agreed to pay them 15% commission on her gross earnings, should be ‘declared void and unenforceable’.
She alleged that the company did not meet ‘requirements’ set out by the Talent Agencies Act and that her ex-husband, 43, and his father, 64, acted as unlicensed talent agents.
Starstruck’s attorney told the site in a statement that the suit ‘conveniently ignores the fact that Kelly had her own licensed talent agency [Creative Artists Agency] at all times’.
They added: ‘While Starstruck Management Group provided talent management services on her behalf, it did so at all times that CAA was her agency of record.
‘It is unfortunate that Kelly is again attempting to avoid paying commissions that are due and owing to Starstruck to try and achieve some perceived advantage in her ongoing custody and divorce proceedings.’
Clarkson did not officially comment when Starstruck filed its suit against her, only taking to Twitter to post a GIF of The Matrix on Twitter as the news broke.
The image sees character Morpheus getting into a fighting stance and fans believed the singer shared the post in response to lawsuit going public.
Clarkson and her husband surprised fans earlier this year when they announced their decision to split.
The pair tied the knot in 2013 and they share two children – daughter River Rose and son Remington Alexander.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Kelly Clarkson and Starstruck Management Group for comment.
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