The drama between Kelly Clarkson and her estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock, isn’t letting up.
In new legal documents, which were obtained by ET on Tuesday (January 26), Blackstock responded to the talk show host's previous legal docs, where she claimed his talent agency, Starstruck Management Group, defrauded her of millions of dollars. The agency, which is run by Brandon's father, Narvel Blackstock, denied the allegations in which Clarkson claimed they violating California Labor Code and charged exorbitant commission fees. The agency argued that they are not subject to regulation under the Talent Agencies Act because they did not perform their duties in California. Additionally, they deny that Clarkson is entitled to any relief whatsoever.
Clarkson's attorney, Ed McPherson, has since released a statement to ET to address their response. "We stand by our allegations that Starstruck violated the Talent Agencies Act, despite their boilerplate denials, and we look forward to trying the case before the Labor Commissioner in August," McPherson said.
In her initial lawsuit, Clarkson specified that an oral agreement made with Blackstock’s Starstruck Management Group was a 'fraudulent and subterfuge device' for her estranged husband and his father to perform "illegal services" as unlicensed agents in the state of California.
She also claimed they were in violation of the California Labor Code, citing the Talent Agencies Act, a regulation that requires individuals acting as agents in California to be licensed. She claimed the agency failed to pay the $50,000 surety bond required to operate as an agent and further failed to obtain her written approval to act as an agent and work in a manner that would serve her best interests.
Clarkson and Blackstock's battle comes amid their divorce. While Blackstock is reportedly seeking $436,000 in monthly spousal and child support, Clarkson was granted primary custody of the couple’s two children: daughter, River, and son, Remington.
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