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Entertainment Britney Spears' former assistant confused by singer's conservatorship

06:15  07 february  2021
06:15  07 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The recently released documentary -- Framing Britney Spears -- explored the singer's dramatic celebrity journey, from her meteoric rise to pop superstardom to her controversial 13-year conservatorship.

And family friend and former assistant, Felicia Culotta, appeared several times throughout the two-hour special to weigh in on some of the most pivotal moments of Spears' life and career.

Culotta also addressed the 39-year-old's ongoing legal battle against father Jamie Spears over who should control her estate.

a woman posing for a picture: Family history: Felicia Culotta first met Britney Spears in the mid 1980 when she was five-years-old © Provided by Daily Mail Family history: Felicia Culotta first met Britney Spears in the mid 1980 when she was five-years-old a group of people posing for the camera: Family history: Felicia Culotta was hired to be Britney's chaperone on the same weekend she signed her first record deal in 1998 at the age of 15 © Provided by Daily Mail Family history: Felicia Culotta was hired to be Britney's chaperone on the same weekend she signed her first record deal in 1998 at the age of 15

In the documentary, which premiered Friday night, Culotta claimed to have the distinction of being the first person to be hired to 'Team Brit.'

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Working as a nanny in New York City in 1998, Culotta sais she was asked to meet with Britney and her mother Lynne Spears at a restaurant on the same weekend she signed her first record deal at the age of 15.

Lynne allegedly explained how she couldn't meet the travel demands of the budding pop star's schedule and needed Culotta to travel with her at all times.

'I don't know that I ever really had any definition on what I was supposed to do with Britney. For a long time they called me her chaperone,' the Louisiana native said in the interview.

Eventually, Culotta said they all agreed that she would take on the title of assistant: 'I definitely wasn't her mother or her big sister, so we settled on assistant.'

Team Brit: Culotta's job title was eventually changed from 'chaperone' to 'assistant'; the pop star is pictured in 1999, about one year after Culotta was hired to travel with her © Provided by Daily Mail Team Brit: Culotta's job title was eventually changed from 'chaperone' to 'assistant'; the pop star is pictured in 1999, about one year after Culotta was hired to travel with her Jamie Spears, Lynne Spears dressed in a suit and tie: Court battles: Britney Spears has tried to have her father, Jamie Spears, removed from her conservatory since it was enacted in 2008; her mother and father are seen in Nov 2012 © Provided by Daily Mail Court battles: Britney Spears has tried to have her father, Jamie Spears, removed from her conservatory since it was enacted in 2008; her mother and father are seen in Nov 2012

Culotta maintains she initially agreed to be Britney's 'chaperone' for only three months. But she would stay on board as part of her inner circle, leading to her 2007 breakdown amid mental health concerns, and a subsequent conservatorship the following year.

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As part of the conservatorship, a judge put her father, Jamie Spears, in control of her money and assets, which has been contested by Britney over the years.

The legal battle has been played out against the backdrop of the #FreeBritney movement, led by fans who believe Spears is being controlled against her will. Just this past November, she lost another legal attempt to remove his control over her estate.

'To be honest, I didn't then nor do I now understand what a conservatorship is. Especially for somebody's Britneys age and somebody capable of so much I know, firsthand, she's capable of,' Culotta said of the court arrangement.

Jamie Spears, Britney Spears, Bryan Spears, Lynne Spears sitting posing for the camera: Her take: 'To be honest, I didn't then nor do I now understand what a conservatorship is. Especially for somebody's Britneys age and somebody capable of so much I know, firsthand, she's capable of,' Culotta said of Britney's conservatorship; the pop star is pictured with her father Jamie, Spears, brother Bryan and mother Lynne in 2006 © Provided by Daily Mail Her take: 'To be honest, I didn't then nor do I now understand what a conservatorship is. Especially for somebody's Britneys age and somebody capable of so much I know, firsthand, she's capable of,' Culotta said of Britney's conservatorship; the pop star is pictured with her father Jamie, Spears, brother Bryan and mother Lynne in 2006

It turns out once the conservatorship became legal Culotta was shifted from an 'assistant' role to a job giving backstage tours during Britney's Circus Tour in 2009.

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'When I went back, it was a different business management and her dad was involved. They did not hire me, the touring company hired me,' she explained.

'I don't know why the Britney company didn't hire me. All I know is, maybe, they didn’t know the role I had played earlier. So I took a backseat and simply did what I was hired to do. I don’t really know what went on, I just don't know that they knew her well enough to realize her capabilities in making the decisions. Just me looking in, that’s what I saw.'

Culotta made a point of sharing why she went forward and detailed her experience with Britney for the documentary.

'The one reason I agreed to do the interview is so we can remind people why they fell in love with her in the first place,' she confessed.

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