Britney Spears’ father and his lawyers should be punished and held in contempt of court for disclosing confidential medical information about his daughter that was under seal, the pop star’s lawyer said Wednesday at a hearing that ended without a decision on the matter.
“They’re trying to embarrass Britney Spears and intimidate Britney Spears, while trying to justify Jamie Spears,” said attorney Mathew Rosengart, who added that no document could do that.
The sealed exhibits were included in a motion by Jamie Spears filed in July to compel her daughter’s deposition, which was denied. After the filing of the case, Rosengart was forced to move to seal the motion to compel. Alex Weingarten, representing Jamie Spears, challenged the sealing.
“Why did he oppose the sealing motion? asked Rosengart. He urged Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny to find Weingarten in contempt of court and impose penalties on him and Jamie Spears.
“None of this has anything to do with the cases in court,” Weingarten replied. He said he would “refrain from commenting” on Rosengart’s “useless speech”.
Penny agreed to seal the motion. She found that some of the exhibits in the file were “already sealed and confidential”, explaining that it was “very inappropriate for Jamie Spears to present these documents”.
In September, Jamie Spears asked a state appeals court to overturn Penny’s decision barring him from filing his daughter over allegations he abused and surveilled her. Weingarten did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
During the hearing, the judge also denied a motion by Lynne Spears to have her daughter cover her $663,203 legal bill. In her claim for fees, she pointed out that her daughter had been subjected to treatment which she “did not believe to be justified”. Spears objected to covering the bill because her mother was never a trustee.
The order denying charges came as Rosengart continues to investigate management company Tri Star’s involvement in establishing conservatorship and the company’s alleged surveillance of Spears. In a discovery order issued Oct. 10, Penny granted portions of Tri Star’s motion to quash Spears’ subpoena while denying her efforts not to provide documents and communications regarding allegations made by a former member of Spears security staff in The New York Times documentary, Controlling Britney Spears, electronic surveillance, cloning or surveillance of the pop star’s phone. She found that the demands for the removal of Tri Star executives and the production of documents on the matter are “relevant and identifiable”.
Tri Star executive Robin Greenhill, accused of helping Spears’ father spy on her private messages, denied knowledge of surveillance in a court statement and argued that no one at the company “had ever suggested monitoring Ms. Spears’ electronic communications.” Lawyers for the firm called the 14-year-old requests for information “grossly overbroad”, pointing out that Tri Star was not involved at the start of the conservatorship.
Along the same lines, Penny limited the scope of the discovery and depositions to the accounting period of 2019, which details money coming in and going out of the estate that year. It also noted that requests for information on the establishment of guardianship are prohibited.
“There is currently no evidence of extrinsic fraud,” reads Penny’s order, which concluded that “the scope of discovery in these proceedings must necessarily relate to the pending motions and filed objections to requests”.
In a statement to The Hollywood ReporterTri Star attorney Scott Edelman called the decision a “complete victory” for his client.
“As we have said throughout, and the Court correctly ruled in its decision, there is no fraud in relation to any of the prior accounts filed under Ms Spears’ conservatorship. “, did he declare. “The Court also correctly held that there was no evidence of a fiduciary relationship between Tri Star, as business manager, and Ms. Spears, as curator.”
According to court documents, Jamie Spears owed Tri Star at least $40,000 for a loan she gave him. Rosengart pointed to the conflict of interest when Jamie Spears hired the company to handle the conservatorship. Tri Star received over $18 million from Spears’ estate.