By Kyle Locford — July 2, 2022
Britney Spears father Jamie Spears denies an allegation that he bugged daughter Britney Spears‘ bedroom while serving as her conservator.
In a sworn statement submitted to the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday and obtained by Media Music News, Jamie Spears addresses the allegation — which was made in the Hulu and FX documentary The New York Times Presents: Controlling Britney Spears — stating, “I am informed of the allegation by Britney’s counsel that a listening device or ‘bug’ was placed in her bedroom as surveillance during the conservatorship. This allegation is false.”
He continued, “I never conducted or authorized any surveillance of Britney’s bedroom at any time, including during the conservatorship. I am not aware of any such surveillance having occurred.”
The singer’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart did not immediately respond to Media Music News request for comment on the latest legal documents.
In the Hulu documentary — which was released in late September 2021 — a former employee of the security firm that Jamie had hired, Black Box, alleges the company had monitored Britney Spears communications, including audio recordings of conversations between Britney, her husband Sam Asghari, her sons, and her lawyers made in her bedroom, as well as text messages, phone calls and voicemails on her cell phone.
Former employee, Alex Vlasov, claims the digital trail was then mirrored onto a iPad, encrypted and sent to her father, and Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group’s Robin Greenhill, who was the singer’s manager and personal assistant at the time. Both Vlasov’s boss, Black Box founder Edan Yemini, and Greenhill have previously denied the claims.
“No one at Tri Star has ever suggested monitoring Ms. Spears’ electronic communications. No one at Tri Star has ever had authority to approve security protocols,” a declaration obtained by Media Music News November 2021 read. “No one at Tri Star is aware of any hidden electronic surveillance device placed in Ms. Spears’ bedroom. No one at Tri Star has ever received any compensation related to Ms. Spears or her Estate that is not accurately reflected in the accountings filed or to be filed in this case.”
Jamie’s sworn statement did not address the monitoring of 40-year-old Britney Spears text messages.
The superstar’s 13-year conservatorship was eventually ended on Nov. 12, 2021.
“The court finds and determines that the conservatorship of the person and the estate is no longer required,” Judge Penny said in court. “Therefore, effective today, the conservatorship of the person and estate of Britney Jean Spears… is hereby terminated.”
In the months since, Britney Spears has purchased a new home and married Sam Asghari. Both sides would like the other to sit for a deposition at their next hearing, but neither seems to be willing. Their next scheduled day in court is July 13.
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