Britney Spears’ lawyer has taken Jamie Spears to task in the wake of new allegations of intrusive and possibly illegal surveillance.
Attorney Mathew Rosengart brought down the hammer in an L.A. County Superior Court filing Monday after the recent release of the FX/Hulu documentary “Controlling Britney Spears” and a report by the New York Times published in concert with the film.
“Mr. Spears was, of necessity, not fit to serve due to all the compelling reasons already included in the record, including his financial incompetence, bankruptcy, and the trauma he caused his child since childhood to the Domestic Violence Restraining Order (recently issued against him).” Rosengart added a third supplement for a petition to remove Jamie Spears from the position of conservator of his daughter’s estate.
“But, now the chickens are truly home to roost,” Rosengart continued. The New York Times reported that Mr. Spears had made unconscionable and horrifying invasions of his daughter’s privacy. The Times reported that Spears and others “ran an intensive surveillance apparatus that monitored [Ms. Spears’], communications and also evidently captured attorney client communications with her prior attorney… a sacrosanct portion of the legal system Jaymie Spears’ lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, didn’t respond to a Los Angeles Times request immediately for comment.
“Controlling Britney Spears” sourced its information from Alex Vlasov, a former employee at Black Box Security; Felicia Culotta, the singer’s friend and assistant; and Tish Yates, who was head of wardrobe for several of Spears’ tours during the conservatorship and said she had a close relationship with her.
Among the allegations:
- Britney Spears’ security team functioned more like prison guards
- Security-team members were allegedly given prepackaged envelopes of medication that they then forced Spears to take.
- All of Britney’s movements were documented in group texts that included Edan Yemini, the head of Black Box Security; Robin Greenhill of Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group, which handled the singer’s business affairs; and Jamie Spears.
- All of Spears’ phone activity was allegedly monitored using a mirrored iPad.
- An audio recording device was placed in Spears’ bedroom and captured hundreds of hours of private interactions.
- Spears’ spending was so tightly regulated that she had to sneak sushi and a pair of Skechers.
- Jamie Spears allegedly tried to create a rift between Spears and Culotta.
- Black Box allegedly investigated the #FreeBritney movement.
Vlasov, 30, was an executive assistant and operations and cybersecurity manager for Black Box, which was hired by Jamie Spears to look out for his daughter. Vlasov, who was close to the founder of Black Box, claimed that he was the only person in Black Box who knew all the details during his nine-year tenure.
Other conservatorship personnel, who wanted anonymity, supported Vlasov’s recall of events. Vlasov supplied audio and text recordings, as well as emails and text messages to back up his claims.
Jamie Spears said in a filing on Aug. 12 that he was planning to step down as the conservator of his daughter’s finances, despite claiming there was no legal reason for his removal, but offered no timetable. He claimed he had to stay around to deal with several accounting issues. He also accused Rosengart, who he said was moving on Britney’s behalf “precipitously” and without proper investigation . He also asked if it would be in Britney’s best interest to change conservators at this time. Then, on Sept. 7, reversing course, he filed a petition to end the 13-year conservatorship.
” As Mr. Spears repeatedly stated, “All he wants for his daughter is the best,” that document stated. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
Jamie Spears served as conservator of Britney Spears’ person and her estate until he was replaced as conservator of her person in 2019. In Monday’s filing obtained by the Los Angeles Times,
Rosengart reacted to Jamie Spears.
” Mr. Spears has crossed unexplainable boundaries. Although they aren’t evidence, the allegations warrant serious investigation,” he wrote. He noted that California is a two party consent state for recording private communications. He called Jamie Spears’s claim that there was no legal reason for him to be removed as conservator “legally, factually preposterous,”
“Mr. Spears’s latest efforts at delay must be rejected; he must be suspended on September 29th; followed by the prompt termination of the conservatorship,” the filing said.
The court will hold its next hearing regarding the conservatorship Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Times staff writer Meredith Blake contributed to this report.