Britney Spears’ legal team has accused her father, Jamie Spears, of crossing “unfathomable lines” after a new documentary claims the pop star was secretly watched during her tutorship.
The Britney Spears check, which first aired on Friday, revealed startling claims, including that the singer was taped in her bedroom, conversations with her two sons and boyfriend were taped, and that text messages and other items from her phone had been forwarded to her father.
The legal team for Spears, 39, said if this was true, reports showed Jamie, 69, had “engaged in gruesome and inadmissible invasions of her adult daughter’s privacy.”
In a new legal brief released Monday, lawyers for Spears said the reports require “serious investigation” and suggested the state’s law on recording private conversations may have been violated.
The file says, “Mr. Spears has crossed unfathomable lines. While not evidence, the allegations warrant serious investigation, certainly by Ms. Spears, because, among other things, California is a “two-party” consent state.
The new film – which is based on New York Times investigations and follows on from the previous documentary Framing Britney Spears – also alleges that undercover agents were sent to monitor the activities of the Free Britney movement, a group of long-standing activists. argued to end the controversial arrangement.
Spears was placed under guardianship – a complex legal arrangement usually reserved for the very old or infirm – in 2008 after suffering a series of mental breakdowns. She hasn’t performed since 2018 and told the court she won’t be returning to the stage as long as her father is conservative.
Representatives of Jamie Spears have already defended guardianship and his role in it. His father controlled his finances and health care for many years, but stepped down as personal curator in 2019. A licensed curator now oversees his medical treatment and his father retained authority over his money.
Another hearing on the case is scheduled for Wednesday, during which a Los Angeles judge will consider Britney Spears’ request to remove her father entirely from guardianship, an arrangement the singer called “abusive.”
In a surprise move earlier this month, attorneys for Jamie Spears filed for a complete termination of guardianship, saying, “As Mr. Spears has said over and over again, whatever he wants, this is what is best for her daughter. If Ms. Spears wants to end the guardianship and thinks she can manage her own life, Mr. Spears thinks she should be given that chance. “
Mathew S Rosengart, the singer’s newly appointed lawyer, said Monday that Jamie will have to help with the transition to a temporary successor, if he leaves guardianship.
He added, “The only thing Mr. Spears is going to ‘lose’ is something he never should have had – the ability to do more harm to his daughter.”
The singer recently announced her engagement to actor and fitness expert Sam Asghari.