Britney Spears will not be present for her father’s so-called ‘revenge’, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday.
Judge Brenda Penny upheld her preliminary injunction at an afternoon hearing, sparing the ‘Toxic’ singer after Britney’s attorney Mathew Rosengart claimed a personal whim by Jamie Spears’ lawyers would leave his client “traumatized again.”
In her court ruling, the judge said the pop star “probably has no knowledge” of her father’s disputed behavior, including his alleged espionage, which could not be obtained by “alternative, less onerous means.”
“For example, the subject of surveillance is well within the scope of the pending petition objecting to payments related to unauthorized surveillance, but Mr Spears is likely to receive the same and possibly further responses through other means of discovery,” Judge Penny said. .
Jamie tried to impeach his superstar daughter over the “baseless claims” made against him while Britney is suing his petition on December 15, 2021 for more money from her estate to cover his legal costs. At a hearing two weeks ago, Rosengart called the attempt a “revenge,” arguing that his client has no first-hand knowledge of her father’s alleged misdeeds because she was kept in limbo during her nearly 14-year career. year-long conservatorship that ended last November.
Judge Penny did not immediately rule on pending motions for Rosengart to impeach Tri Star executives Robin Greenhill and Lou Taylor.
Greenhill and Taylor have been battling Britney’s attorney’s subpoenas for nearly a year. According to Rosengart, Taylor worked closely with Jamie in 2008 when Britney’s controversial conservatory first got off the ground. The attorney alleges evidence shows that Tri Star falsely enriched herself with money from Britney’s estate, made more than $18 million from an alleged sweetheart deal, and that Greenhill participated in an effort to control the superstar by overseeing her. private communication.
Rosengart took aim at Greenhill after being singled out in blockbuster statements by former Spears security officer Alex Vlasov in the New York Times documentary Driving Britney Spears.
According to Vlasov, Greenhill proposed the plan to “mirror” Britney’s iCloud account to keep track of her text messages, notes, call logs, browsing history and photos. He said Jamie Spears and Greenhill had a group chat with his boss, Edan Yemini, head of the security firm Black Box, to follow Britney’s personal life.
“Edan would bring me text messages that Britney would have, and he would ask me to encode those messages and give them to him so he could pass it on to Robin and Jamie,” Vlasov said. “They would also follow conversations with her friends, with her mother, with her lawyer Sam Ingham.”
Vlasov claimed that Yemini at one point had “an audio recording device placed in Britney’s bedroom”.
In a Nov. 4 affidavit accompanying her motion to quash the subpoenas, Greenhill claimed that “no one at Tri Star has ever suggested monitoring Ms. Spears’ electronic communications.” She also denied any knowledge of a “hidden electronic surveillance device placed in Mrs. Spears’ bedroom.” She and Taylor suggested that Rosengart’s request for 14-year-old records was “grossly too broad” because Tri Star was not involved in Britney’s career or the founding of the conservatory in early February 2008.
“Tri Star played no part in suggesting the founding of the conservatory,” Greenhill wrote.
According to Rosengart and his co-advisor Kyle Freeny, Greenhill’s statements were false. In an affidavit dated July 1, Freeny told the court that Black Box had produced Word documents containing screenshots of Britney’s text messages, and that Yemini had shared the texts with Jamie and Greenhill via email between 2016 and 2019.
The attorneys also provided the court with a January 1, 2008 email that Jamie’s attorney Geraldine Wyle sent to Taylor to discuss the best time to apply for the conservatorship.
“Lou, we’ve run into a problem with the selection of our judge – the only judge who can hear our case on Friday is the one who [judge] which will not authorize Jamie to administer B. psychotropic drugs. The first time she gets off the couch is Wednesday. That’s the first safe day to appear in court in this case,” Wyle wrote in the email a month before Britney’s custody was awarded. “If we go sooner, all this work could be for next to nothing.”
In a subsequent email to Jamie Spears on January 17, 2008, Taylor wrote that she had already spoken to others about Andrew Wallet, the man who eventually became Jamie’s co-curator. “He and tri star will serve as cos with you,” Taylor wrote, meaning her company would join Wallet as another co-curator. That never happened.
“Tri Star’s own internal emails — obtained from a third party — show that Tri Star’s Lou Taylor played a substantial role in Ms. Spears’s affairs prior to and in the early days of the conservatorship,” Rosengart told the court in a filing. from July 1. .
Attorneys for Tri Star and Greenhill argued that the Taylor emails and the alleged Black Box documents had not been verified and amounted to rumours.