MAJOR WIN for Britney Spears: Singer 'won't testify' when dad Jamie is grilled over conservatorship abuse
Britney Spears’ legal drama with her father, Jamie Spears, has an update. The 40-year-old singer will not be called to testify over allegations that Jamie abused his position as conservator, as per reports.
In spite of Britney being able to free herself last year from the conservatorship that ran from 2008 to 2021, she remains locked in legal battles involving her father, Jamie. According to Deadline, a post-conservatorship hearing took place in downtown Los Angeles involving Britney and her father on July 27, where Judge Brenda Penny, who recently ordered Britney's father to face questions over alleged surveillance during the conservatorship, ruled that the pop star will not have to sit to testify in the battle over her father, who apparently exploited her for money and status while emotionally abusing her for years. Page six report also suggests that Jamie has also been accused of spying on Britney by secretly monitoring her cellphone and placing an audio recording device in her bedroom, the latter of which he denied doing. As stated by TMZ, the judge said whatever information Jamie needs to defend himself can be obtained from other sources, such as documents and, presumably, other witnesses.
As reported by DailyMail, in June, Jamie's attorney Alex Weingarten called for the pop star to testify over the “incendiary allegations of various factual matters” that she made through social media. Jamie wanted to question Britney about allegations that she was forced to give eight tubes of blood for medical treatment, was forced to participate in therapy and was not allowed to own pain-reliever meds. However, Britney's attorney, Mathew Rosengart, told the court that this move to make Britney testify was “retaliatory.” He further said that the singer cannot testify to matters about the conservatorship since she was the victim and that she would be traumatized again in facing questions about it.
Both the attorneys had been trying to depose each other’s clients after Britney described her conservatorship as “abusive” during a public court speech in June 2021.
Jamie Spears to schedule deposition
Judge Brenda ruled that the 70-year-old Jamie must schedule a deposition by August 12 after he was previously served with notices to sit for a deposition from Britney's lawyer and did not appear, Page Six reported.
During the hearing, the judge issued a tentative ruling that Britney’s former business manager Lou Taylor and her Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group associate Robin Greenhill will also be deposed and have to hand over paperwork related to electronic surveillance. The report further quotes Tri Star’s attorney Scott Edelman in a statement, "Today was a great day” for the firm, adding, “We look forward to being deposed, advancing this process and ensuring that the full truth is finally shared.”