Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, wielded so much control over the pop star’s life that he even monitored her text messages, phone calls, and browser history, as claimed in a new documentary.
A A former member of Britney’s security team alleged in The New York Times Presents: Controlling Britney Spears, which premiered Friday on FX and Hulu, that he was once asked to turn on « parental controls » on the « Toxic » singer’s cell phone begging to be among the conservatories that have curtailed their lives for the past 13 years.
« Britney wanted to get an iPhone … and that was a big deal. Everyone was worried, « said Alex Vlasov, who worked at Black Box Security from 2012 to 2021.
» [My boss] Edan [Yemini] came up to me and asked me, ‘Are there any surveillance services for an iPhone you know? ‘And I said,’ What do you mean? ‘And he said,’ Well, parental controls. Is there a way to set up parental controls on an iPhone? ‘”Vlasov claimed. « And that’s when Edan explained to me that Britney’s communications are being monitored for your own safety and protection. »
Vlasov said he was so disturbed by Yemini’s request that he immediately asked « the legality » of the monitoring of Britney’s phone .
“[Edan] said, ‘Yes, the court is aware of this. Britney’s lawyer is aware of this. This is for your safety. It’s for their protection, ‘”he recalls. “And then Robin [Greenhill of Britney’s management team at Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group] came up with the idea, ‘Why don’t we just take an iPad and log into it with an iCloud account, the same iCloud? that Britney would use on her phone and that would reflect all activity? ‘ You could see all the messages, all FaceTime calls, notes, browsing history, photos.
Vlasov claimed the team did just that and gave Jamie and Greenhill full access to check anything and everything Britney on their phone He said the iPad, which was supposedly used to mirror the Grammy winner’s communications, was kept in a safe.
« The reason for the surveillance was because of bad influence to look for possible illegal activity, but they also monitored conversations with their friends, with their mother, with their lawyer, Sam Ingham. If someone is off-limits, it should be Britney’s lawyer, « Vlasov said.
A screen message in the documentary indicated that in California, where Britney lives, » mirroring text messages without the consent of both parties is a violation the law ”, but it is unclear whether“ the court knew about or approved a text message ”. Surveillance. «
Jamie’s attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen stated in a statement that her client’s actions were » with the knowledge and consent of Britney, her court-appointed attorney, and / or the court. «
An attorney von Yemini meanwhile said, « Black Box has always behaved within professional, ethical and legal boundaries and they are especially proud of their work to protect Ms. Spears for many years. » And a Tri Star Sports attorney & Entertainment Group called the allegations « false » in the film.
Britney’s new attorney Mathew Rosengart also commented, in part saying: « Intercepting or monitoring Britney’s communications, particularly the inviolable communication between attorneys and clients, is a shameful and shocking one Violation of their data protection rights and civil liberties. «
Britney, 39, has been under supervision since 2008 and designated the Compatible “Abusive” during an emotional trial earlier this summer.
Jamie, 69, petitioned earlier this month to end the conservatory. The judge leading the case is expected to approve or dismiss the dismissal during the next hearing on September 29.
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