Kelly Clarkson Brandon Blackstock cut up provides dispute over administration

Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s divorce has taken to another violent level: Now the former couple is in a labor dispute over whether Blackstock’s talent agency, which they managed for 13 years, could not obtain a required state license and overwhelm their administrative fees Has .

According to a petition Clarkson filed with the California Labor Commission in October and received from the US TODAY, she accuses Blackstock, his father Narvel Blackstock and their Starstruck Management Group of a dozen state labor law violations, including one against Talent Agencies Act Obtain a proper license that is contrary to Clarkson’s “best interests” and “charges irresponsible fees and compensations (from Clarkson) for illegal services.”

Clarkson wants the Working Committee to get to the bottom of this by demanding a “full and complete accounting” of all the money Clarkson has paid the Blackstocks and Starstruck for services since 2007.and pay her back. And she wants a hearing on her complaint.

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Clarkson does not state in her petition how much she thinks is owed.

The labor commissioner’s office, which enforces the laws relating to talent agencies in California, declined to comment because it is an open case. An update on the matter won’t be available until February, an email to USA TODAY said in February, according to Paola Laverde, a spokeswoman for the commission.

Clarkson’s attorney, Edwin McPherson, did not return a message from the US TODAY.

Bryan Freedman, who represents Starstruck, told USA TODAY in an email that Clarkson’s petition “conveniently ignores” the fact that Clarkson had her own licensed talent agency, CAA, during the period in question.

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“While the Starstruck Management Group provided talent management services on their behalf, CAA was their agency at all times,” said Freedman. “It is unfortunate that Kelly is trying again to avoid paying commissions due, and it is thanks to Starstruck that she is trying to get a perceived advantage in her ongoing custody and divorce proceedings.”

It is no accident that this argument arises after the Clarkson and Blackstock divorce became strained. Clarkson, the first American Idol champion, married Blackstock in 2013 and filed for divorce in June. They have two children: daughter River, 6, and son Remington, 4.

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She won primary custody of the children, according to court documents US received TODAY on November 30th. A judge ruled that the couple will share joint physical and legal custody of their children, while Clarkson holds primary custody of them in Los Angeles.

“The Court notes that, in the circumstances of this case, the interest in stability and continuity for minor children is weighted in favor of the petitioner’s primary custody,” the ruling on Clarkson said.

The document also states that “the level of conflict between parents has increased” and that “the parties have difficulty becoming parents together because of problems of trust between them”.

Following that decision, People Magazine and ET reported that 43-year-old Blackstock is asking Clarkson, 38, more than $ 400,000 a month for spouse and child benefits and $ 2 million to cover his legal fees. Your lawyer Laura Wasser did not answer any emails from the USA TODAY.

Clarkson has meanwhile “opened up”, as they say in Hollywood, about how she deals with the divorce. Last week on The Kelly Clarkson Show, she talked about steps she’s taking to feel comfortable, like buying a new home and decorating it.

“I’ve got a new house and it’s very white and clean,” said Clarkson. She also said she had redesigned her office with the help of her show’s art department.

“I said, ‘Please help me make this useful. I need to feel cleansed,'” Clarkson continued. “I just wanted to feel happy, and it does. The colors make me feel really good.”

She previously admitted it was difficult in a September interview on the Today show.

“I mean, it’s not a secret. My life has been a bit of a dumpster,” said Clarkson. “Personally, it’s been a little difficult the last couple of months.”

She said she spoke to friends who were divorced.

“I don’t know how people go through this without having an outlet because it’s the worst thing ever for everyone involved.”

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