The legal back and forth between Kelly Clarkson and estranged husband Brandon Blackstock is getting increasingly tense after the American Idol alum's legal team responded to Blacksock's denial he and his father defrauded Clarkson out of millions.
Clarkson and Blackstock have been waging a legal war against one another since October, when Kelly's former father-in-law Narvel Blackstock filed a lawsuit alleging she still owed them $1.5 million in commissions and $4 million from her paycheck for judging The Voice.
Kelly fired back with a counter-suit, claiming that her agreement with the Blackstocks and their company Starstuck Entertainment should be voided and she should be reimbursed for all prior fees because they were providing 'illegal services' under California's Talent Agencies Act for working without a license and failing to act in the 'best interest' of their client.
'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,' Clarkson's team shared in a new statement to Entertainment Tonight.
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Standing her ground: Kelly Clarkson's camp has doubled down on allegations her estranged husband Brandon Blackstock defrauded her of millions during his time as her manager, telling ET they 'stand by' their claims while dismissing Blackson's 'boilerplate denials.' Above 2020
Blackstock thoroughly denied Clarkson's accusations in November filings with the California Labor Commission that emerged online Tuesday.
He disputed claims he and his father has scammed the artist by tacking exorbitant fees onto his company Starstruck Entertainment's bills.
But Brandon's attorneys Bryan J. Freedman and Jesse A. Kaplan argued that they are not subject to California's Talent Agencies Act because they did not perform their work in the Golden State.
Kelly's lawyer Edwin McPherson believes that the American Idol alum is entitled to all of the money as well as other 'things of value' that Brandon was paid while acting as her agent.
The Blackstocks' legal representation further claimed any alleged violations that there is a one-year statute of limitations in the Talent Agencies Act, meaning even if Clarkson could prove her accusations it's possible for his lawyers to argue she can only claim commissions paid within the year prior to her October 2020 filing.
Blackstock is asking for Clarkson's petition to be dismissed and for her to pay his legal fees.
Clarkson and Blackson's legal battle began when father-in-law Narvel Blackstock filed a lawsuit against her last October with allegations she still owed them $1.5 million in commissions, on top of another $4 million she was set to pay them as a result of her judging role on The Voice.
His side: Blackstock is deny accusations he defrauded the star while acting as her agent