Britney Spears and Jamie Spears’ lawyers bicker over ‘lies’
Britney Spears’ conservatorship has ended, but the lawsuits in her wake have continued. And they become even more controversial.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny on Wednesday granted a motion to seal the plan to terminate the singer’s nearly 14-year-old conservatorship to protect her “right to privacy over her private medical information.” “. Penny also denied Spears’ father’s request to set aside funds in the conservatorship, according to court documents reviewed by The Times on Thursday.
These decisions were made during a heated finance and accounting hearing, as well as requests from several former lawyers to collect the legal fees incurred.
At the hearing on Wednesday, the artist’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, who helped end her conservatorship in November, rejected the idea that Spears should pay her father Jamie Spears’ estimate. $30 million in legal fees when he was its curator. Rosengart also fervently rejected Jamie’s lawyer’s suggestion to unseal the artist’s medical records.
In court filings, Rosengart launched a litany of objections to Jamie Spears’ claims, accusing her of financial misconduct and other improprieties such as reading her 40-year-old daughter’s therapy notes and privileged communications with her friends. lawyers.
The tension continued in the courtroom on Wednesday as the lawyers argued over alleged “lies” they say shaped public opinion on the case.
Jamie Spears’ attorney, Alex M. Weingarten, accused Rosengart of spreading false stories in the media, Variety reported, an allegation Rosengart vehemently denied.
Rosengart reportedly demanded that Weingarten be reprimanded: “He attacked me. He attacked this court. And that’s intolerable,” Rosengart said.
Indeed, much of the ‘…Baby One More Time’ hit-maker’s affair had been shrouded in mystery, but the singer finally spoke up and claimed last summer that she felt coerced and abused under the legal arrangement, which has long controlled her day. -day-to-day operations, as well as its finances, for nearly 14 years before it was terminated.
Weingarten in court on Wednesday reportedly claimed the conservatorship was put in place because the singer “was irresponsible with her finances.” But Penny ended that statement, saying, “Please let’s not go there. Let’s not go that route.
The process of closing the case still seems far from over. Rosengart has requested that an evidentiary accounting hearing be scheduled, and new hearing dates are to be set for issues involving the singer’s management, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group and other parties.
The next major hearing in the case has been set for July 27. More are scheduled for March 16, April 1 and December 2, according to court records.
Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, attorneys for Jamie Spears and his ex-wife Lynne Spears filed motions for payment of attorneys’ fees. Jamie Spears’ legal team had argued that her daughter’s estate should pay her legal fees to ensure the conservatorship was properly closed and because Jamie had done no wrongdoing.
But in a 256-page objection to Jamie Spears’ request filed this week, Rosengart accused Jamie Spears of offenses including “abuse of conflicts of interest, financial mismanagement and corruption of guardianship to implicate the state and federal criminal law”.
Jamie Spears, the former longtime custodian of the singer’s lucrative estate, reportedly paid nearly $6 million from Britney’s estate to Black Box Security, which obtained private phone records for Britney’s mother and others, the New York Times reported.
He also confirmed media reports that Jamie hired Black Box Security to monitor Britney’s phone, including her communications with her lawyer, secretly recorded her in her room and obtained GPS ‘ping data’ to track the location of people close to the singer, court documents. noted.
Additionally, a statement filed for Kroll forensic investigator Sherine Ebadi — a former FBI agent retained by the singer’s legal team — backed up explosive claims made in an FX documentary that Jamie Spears illegally monitored his daughter and concluded that he could face criminal charges. The investigation also identified several instances in which Jamie Spears engaged in financial misconduct, personal dealings and mismanagement as a curator.
In court on Wednesday, Rosengart said the investigation provided “strong evidence” that Jamie Spears was involved in “very intense and potentially illegal” surveillance of the entertainer.
The conservatorship case not only shed light on Britney Spears’ legal settlement, but also on broader issues regarding conservatories as a whole. On Wednesday, disability rights groups and members of the viral #FreeBritney Los Angeles chapter joined California Assemblyman Brian Maienschein in pushing for legislation they say will prioritize less restrictions on guardianships and establish greater protections for curators.
Wednesday’s hearing also came amid a growing media feud between Britney and her younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.
Rosengart sent a cease and desist letter to Jamie Lynn, 30, on Monday, threatening her with legal action if she continued to talk about Britney while promoting her new book, “Things I Should Have Said.”
Britney has previously accused Jamie Lynn of peddling her memoir at Britney’s “expense”, while the young Spears continued to give interviews on the tome. Jamie Lynn has claimed that his book “isn’t about” Britney, but it does refer to her a number of times.
The sisters have been trading barbs all week on social media, with Britney lashing out at her sister for publicly discussing their life and guardianship before Britney had a chance to do so. (Last week, the sun reported that Spears may be in talks with Oprah Winfrey for an interview.)
Rosengart’s letter calls the book “inappropriate” and accuses Jamie Lynn of making “misleading or outrageous claims” about Britney. The letter also demands that Jamie Lynn “cease and desist from referring to Britney in a derogatory manner” during her promotional campaign. If she fails to do so or defames the singer, “Britney will be obligated to consider and take all appropriate legal action.”
“Britney has not read and does not intend to read your book, she and millions of her fans were shocked at how you exploited her for monetary gain. She will not tolerate it, and neither should she,” read the letter, which was obtained by TMZ and page 6.