Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, hired a security company that monitored her digital communications and went as far as secretly recording audio tapes from her bedroom, according to a New York Times documentary released Friday.
The audio tape – over 180 hours in length – allegedly recorded the pop star’s conversations with her boyfriend and children, ”said Alex Vlasov, a former Black Box employee who spoke to the Times as part of the New York Times Presents series. on Hulu.
“The fact that you are in control of the situation does not give you the right to treat people as property,” Vlasov said in the hour program. “She didn’t feel like she was being treated like a person.” At another point, he told the Times that it looked like the security service surrounding Britney Spears was like a “prison.”
The singer told an investigator in 2016 that she couldn’t even make friends with people – “especially men” – unless they were approved by her father, according to a copy of a report obtained by The New York Times.
“Britney had an obsession with men in her life,” Vlasov said in the documentary.
While her father’s level of control over her life warrants close scrutiny, the details of the inner workings of Spears’ guardianship remain under wraps. The legal arrangement went into effect in 2008 out of concern for the star’s mental health and gave her guardians, including her father, final permission on where she can go, what she can buy and what treatment she will receive, as well as other personal freedoms. …
According to Vlasov, the guards even gave medicine to the singer.
It is unclear how many security measures have been approved by the Los Angeles Supreme Court over the past 13 years.
Vlasov started out at Black Box as a personal assistant to founder Edan Yemini, whose company website states that he was trained by the Israel Defense Forces. Vlasov said that among his usual duties, he was allegedly asked to encrypt Spears’ messages that were reflected on an iPad registered to her iCloud account so that Yemini could pass them on to Jamie Spears and Robin Greenhill, the chief executive of Tri Star Sports & Entertainment, who helped manage her career. singer.
“Edan said:“ She is like a child, like any minor who needs parental consent, ”Vlasov said.
In the documentary, he said he felt ethically controversial about the job and was confident in his decision to speak in public.
At one point while working in 2016, Vlasov said that Yemini handed him a USB drive with audio recordings from Britney Spears’ bedroom and asked him to remove the contents.
“I asked them to tell me what was on it,” Vlasov said in the documentary. “They seemed very nervous and said it was extremely delicate that no one would ever know about it and so I have to delete everything on it, so there is no record of it.”
He continued, “It caused me so many red flags and I didn’t want to be complicit in what they were involved in, so I kept a copy because I don’t want to delete the evidence.”
Former wardrobe manager Tish Yates said that Greenhill, she observed, exercised an alarming degree of control over the singer. According to Vlasov, it was Greenhill who developed the plan for transferring Spears’ texts and photos to the iPad.
“Britney said, ‘Hey, is there any way to eat sushi for dinner? “Yeats recalled. “And I heard Robin say,“ You ate sushi yesterday. It’s too expensive. You won’t need it anymore. ” If she pulled back a little, they pushed harder. “
In a statement to HuffPost, Greenhill stated through attorney that the charges against her were “totally false and fabricated” and “totally false and defamatory, and if repeated or republished by anyone, including the Huffington Post, would constitute defamation, subject to prosecution and you and your organization will subject you to significant liability and damages. “
Access to Spears’ children – two boys – was allegedly used to force her to follow the instructions of the conservatives.
At one point during the 2009 Circus tour, Spears was “upset,” Yates said, because when she got to the stage, she went through a cloud of marijuana smoke, and she feared she would not pass a drug test, and so she will not be admitted. see the boys.
“The level of her fright really opened my eyes,” Yates said.
Former assistant and confidante Spears Felicia Culotta also said in the documentary that Greenhill helped push her out of the singer’s life.
Spears drew attention to her situation earlier this year when she spoke at a court hearing to make shocking accusations of conservatism, calling it “offensive.”
Spears was finally allowed by the court hire your own lawyer in July. Earlier this month, after months of criticism and increasing scrutiny, her father’s attorneys filed a surprise motion. dissolve the entire conservatory…
Jamie Spears’ lawyers did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
In a statement to the Times, Yemini said through his attorney, “Mr. Yemini and Black Box have always acted within a professional, ethical and legal framework, and they are particularly proud of their work to keep Miss Spears safe over the years.”
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