Britney Spears does not have to answer questions from her father’s lawyer in a statement, a succession judge ruled on Wednesday.
Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, asked the court for permission to record Spears’ statement as the two sides continue to wage war over attorneys’ fees and other costs related to her 13-year conservatorship.
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But Judge Brenda Penny ruled that a statement is unlikely to provide information relevant to the remaining issues in the case.
Britney Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart said a statement would only serve to “retraumatize” his client. He also said Spears would not be a witness in any future trial or evidence proceeding in the case.
Spears was placed in receivership in 2008 by her father, who served as her sole curator for most of the 13 years. After more than a decade of fighting the settlement, Spears’ father was suspended by the court in September 2021 and the conservatory was terminated in November 2021.
Rosengart has raised a series of objections to Jamie Spears’ request for fees in the case, and has repeatedly accused the singer’s father of misconduct in his treatment of the conservatory.
“Whether he accepts it or not, his daughter feels traumatized by what she’s been through at his hands for more than a decade,” Rosengart said in court, adding that if Jamie Spears truly loved his daughter, he would refuse his request. a deposition.
Jamie Spears’ lawyer Alex Weingarten has opposed the claims and said his client will eventually be vindicated.
“Mr. Spears has done his daughter good,” Weingarten said. “The conservatory was in her favor…The truth will come out.”
Weingarten expressed frustration at not being able to ask Britney Spears about the allegations, noting that the singer often comments on the matter on her social media accounts. He also indicated he would appeal another decision, in which Penny blocked him from obtaining data from Kroll, a private research firm hired by Spears’ attorneys.
Penny also indicated that she wanted to limit the pending discovery in the case to just the issues surrounding the request for reimbursements. That would rule out accusations about how the conservatory came about and claims that Spears was bullied by her father. But she indicated she would continue to allow investigations into claims she was being secretly monitored.
During an earlier hearing, the judge granted Spears’ request to depose her father. The judge also ordered him to submit all documents related to electronic surveillance in mid-August. Rosengart has said Spears’ father has been dodging his statement for nine months.
Spears’ father has been accused of financial mismanagement and reaping the benefits of his world-famous daughter’s multimillion-dollar estate, rather than focusing on her well-being while at the conservatory. Through lawyers, he has denied all claims of wrongdoing and has maintained that his role during the Conservatory was approved by the court every step of the way.
Spears’ father has also been accused of hiring a security team to monitor his adult daughter, tap her private bedroom and keep an eye on her phone. In a statement filed earlier this summer, he denied being aware of any surveillance measures.
In early July, Spears’ attorney filed documents alleging that Tri Star Sports and Entertainment helped create the conservatory, though the management firm has denied this. The file contained alleged emails sent by Tri Star boss Lou Taylor, who began managing the pop star in 2008 around the beginning of the conservatory and continued to work as her manager until 2020, who had been hired by her father.
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