Entertainment Britney Spears' lawyer slams Jamie Spears for allegedly bugging her home, urges court to suspend him immediately
Netflix's 'Britney vs Spears' Trailer Details Family Drama, Court Leaks
Netflix's 'Britney vs Spears' Trailer Details Family Drama, Court LeaksThe Britney vs. Spears trailer, released on Wednesday, September 22, uses audio from the “…Baby One More Time” performer’s June courtroom testimony where she revealed that she wanted her conservatorship to end. Filmmakers speak with legal and medical experts about why it’s so difficult to end a legal guardianship and what makes her situation odd.
In light of allegations thatwas under surveillance with her conservators monitoring her phone and bugging her home, the pop star's lawyer has filed a supplemental motion to remove and suspend her father, , from her conservatorship.
In the new court filing, the singer's lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, calls for the immediate suspension of Spears' father "no later than" this week's hearing on September 29, followed by the "prompt termination" of the conservatorship.
The filing points to reporting by The New York Times, which, over the weekend, broke the news Spears was allegedly being closely monitored by a security firm that was hired by her father without her knowledge. The report said Spears' father and the singer's former business managers, Lou Taylor and Robin Greenhill of Tri Star Sports and Entertainment, ran an intense surveillance apparatus that tracked Spears' communications, secretly capturing audio recordings from her bedroom, which included private conservations with her children.
Britney Spears' fiance comments on new Netflix documentary after Britney vs Spears trailer drops
Britney Spears's fiance has spoken out about a new Netflix documentary, after the trailer for Britney vs Spears dropped on Thursday. The streaming service shared the official trailer for the new doco - due out next week - on its social media, prompting a comment from Sam Asghari. "I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting injustice #freebritney," he wrote on Instagram. While the pop star hasn't directly commented on the look at her conservatorship battle, it's said she doesn't endorse the film."This is another unauthorised documentary without her blessing or participation," a source told Page Six.
The New York Times' latest documentary,which debuted on Friday, highlighted these allegations through an on-camera interview with Alex Vlasov, a former employee of Black Box Security, who served as the assistant to the head of the security firm, Edan Yemini.
(Yemini declined to comment when the Times reached out with a detailed list of allegations, though his lawyer provided the publication with a statement: "Mr. Yemini and Black Box have always conducted themselves within professional, ethical and legal bounds, and they are particularly proud of their work in keeping Ms. Spears safe for many years.")
Rosengart's filing on Monday calls for an investigation of the claims, stating that Spears' father allegedly "engaged in horrifying and unconscionable invasions of his adult daughter's privacy."
'Controlling Britney Spears' Documentary Claims Singer's Phone Was Bugged By Conservators
In 'Controlling Britney Spears,' a former employee claims they monitored and surveilled the singer's home and phone.On Friday, the second part of FX and Hulu’s The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears documentary was released. Titled Controlling Britney Spears, the new film features new allegations from insiders with intimate knowledge of the singer's ongoing, daily life inside the conservatorship.
California, where Spears' home was allegedly bugged, is a two-party consent state — meaning it could be illegal for Spears' phone to be tracked without her consent.
In a statement obtained by Variety, Rosengart says, "Unauthorised recording or monitoring of Britney's private communications — especially attorney-client communications, which are a sacrosanct part of the legal system — represent an unconscionable and disgraceful violation of her privacy rights and a striking example of the deprivation of her civil liberties."
"Placing a listening device in Britney's bedroom would be particularly horrifying, and corroborates so much of her compelling, poignant testimony. Mr. Spears has crossed unfathomable lines," Rosengart's statement continues, referring to the star publicly addressing the court on June 23 when she told Judge Brenda Penny that her conservatorship is "abusive."
Britney Makes Cryptic Statement About New Doc Claims as Lawyer Slams Jamie
Britney Makes Cryptic Statement About New Doc Claims as Lawyer Slams Jamie More to the story. Britney Spears released a cryptic statement about the topics covered in the new Controlling Britney Spears documentary while her lawyer slammed Jamie Spears and his alleged monitoring tactics. “It’s really crazy guys … I watched a little bit of the last documentary and I hate to inform you but a lot of what you heard is not true!!!” the 39-year-old star wrote via Instagram on Monday, September 27.
Rosengart says there is "overwhelming evidence" to remove Spears' father. The filing says reasons for suspension range from "lack of financial acumen, to his bankruptcy, to his reported alcoholism, to the trauma he caused his daughter since her childhood, to the Domestic Violence Restraining Order recently issued against him."
He says the singer pleads that "regardless of when the conservatorship ends, Mr. Spears must be suspended now." He doubles down on his client's promise not to work until her father is removed, stating that "every day and every hour" that he remains the conservator of her estate causes Spears "anguish and pain."
"Ms. Spears will no longer be bullied or extorted, nor will she further tolerate her father's abuse, with its apparent misogynistic underpinnings," the filing says.
Earlier this month, Spears' father— a major change of heart, after he has been atop his daughter's conservatorship since 2008, controlling all of the financial decisions for her estate.
Britney Spears' Dad Jamie Spears Is No Longer Her Conservator
Britney Spears' Dad Jamie Spears Is No Longer Her ConservatorOn Wednesday, September 29, a judge approved Britney’s petition to have her father, 69, suspended as conservator during a court hearing in Los Angeles. The suspension is effective as of Wednesday with the judge appointing John Zabel as the pop star’s temporary conservator until December 31, 2021.
It's unclear if this week's hearing, scheduled for September 29, will address the termination of the conservatorship altogether or if it will solely focus on the role of Spears' father.
Over the weekend, the filmmakers behind the Hulu and FX documentary, Controlling Britney Spears, which exposed the surveillance allegations,about their reporting. "To have someone come forward with proof was so revealing and helps us understand how so much of what Britney said in court in June could be true," said producer Liz Day. "It's hard to understand how that could happen to one of the most famous people on the planet."
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'Controlling Britney Spears' Filmmakers Say They've Listened to 'Disturbing' Secret Recordings of Pop Star .
The filmmakers told ET that they've heard 'disturbing' secret recordings of the pop star.In Controlling Britney Spears, which is a follow-up to Framing Britney Spears, Alex Vlasov, a former employee of security firm Black Box, who worked with the singer for nine years, claimed that Britney's conservators bugged her phone and home, monitoring and surveying her usage on the device and life indoors. Alex supported his claims with alleged emails, text messages and audio recordings he had over the course of his employment.