Britney Spears claims her dad ‘stuck’ with $1,200-an-hour lawyer
Britney Spears wants a judge to unplug her father’s ability to exploit his fortune for his legal representation as she investigates his alleged ‘misconduct’ and ‘insider dealing’ at the head of his conservatorship.
In a new filing ahead of a court showdown on Wednesday, the pop star and his lawyer Mathew Rosengart say Jamie Spears has already ‘siphoned’ more than $6 million from his coffers and should ‘consider hiring other lawyers less expensive than he can afford. instead of seeking to use his money for “obfuscation and obstruction”.
According to a statement filed last month, Jamie’s new lead attorney, Alex Weingarten, charges $1,200 an hour, while co-lawyer Eric Bakewell charges $860.
“Allowing Mr. Spears to pay his attorneys from the Britney Spears estate without judicial review – largely in an effort to mount a ‘defense’ against potential claims against him – would give them a license to raise fees leading a war of attrition, hindering efforts to uncover the truth about everything Mr. Spears has done, and incurring expense not to help with the ‘transition’… but to defend himself and hide the truth,” says the new file of Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor.
In his dueling motion filed on December 15, Jamie asked the court for permission to continue paying Weingarten and Bakewell from Britney’s estate, saying he needed the money to fulfill his ” duties related to the winding up of guardianship”, which has effectively come to an end. in November.
He and Weingarten state in their filings that Jamie still owes Britney “fiduciary duties” even though he was removed from the job through suspension. Jamie says his ongoing responsibilities include finalizing the accounting related to his administration of the estate in 2019, preparing final accounting covering the period July 2020 to present, and “finding” related to the investigation of her daughter.
According to Britney and Rosengart, however, Jamie “always acts unfaithfully, elevating his interests above those of his daughter.” They claim in their new documents which surfaced on Tuesday that Jamie was “not cooperating” with their ongoing investigation by accounting firm Kroll.
Sherine Ebadi, a former FBI agent now employed by Kroll, claims in an affidavit filed by Rosengart on Friday that her investigation shows Jamie paid himself $6,314,307.99 for his work on his daughter’s guardianship between 2008 and late 2020 and also approved the spending of over $30 million in fees to dozens of companies for sometimes “questionable” and overlapping work.
The statement says Jamie was in “a dire financial situation” before becoming Britney’s curator. This included bankruptcy and a $40,000 loan from Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group, a then-obscure business management company. Ebadi’s statement points out that Jamie would continue to award Tri Star “multi-million dollar commissions and fees from his daughter’s earnings”, despite the alleged conflict of interest.
The issue of Jamie’s legal fees is set to be argued Wednesday afternoon at the same courthouse where Britney’s conservatorship was first granted in 2008 and then effectively terminated in November.
Spears, meanwhile, is enjoying her newfound freedom with fiancé Sam Asghari, taking a luxury vacation and showing off her engagement ring.
She has also been engaged in back and forth with her younger sister Jamie Lynn, who recently spoke to ABC hello america while promoting her new book Things I should have said.
In a statement on Twitter, Britney accused her family of ruining her life and lying about her mental state in 2008 to make money.
“My family ruined my dreams 100 billion percent and are trying to make me look crazy,” Britney wrote. “My family loves pulling me down and always hurting me, so I’m disgusted by them.”