Britney Spears’ lawyer says father crossed ‘unfathomable lines’ in recording her
Britney Spears’ dad Jamie has been accused by her legal team of crossing "unfathomable lines” in recording her in her bedroom while he was her conservator.
Jamie, 69, was accused of bugging his daughter’s room and taping her conversations with her two sons, in the documentary Controlling Britney Spears.
The documentary also claims her text messages and other material from her phone were passed to Jamie.
In a surprising move earlier this month, he asked a judge to consider terminating the conservatorship.
The legal team for the 39-year-old said that if true the reports showed Jamie had "engaged in horrifying and unconscionable invasions of his adult daughter’s privacy”.
In a new legal filing, lawyers for the singer said the reports require "serious investigation" and suggested state law has been broken with the recording of private conversations.
The filing states: "Mr Spears has crossed unfathomable lines. While they are not evidence, the allegations warrant serious investigation, certainly by Ms Spears as, among other things, California is a ‘two-party’ consent state.”
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However, lawyers for Jamie have refuted that he had access to her "calls, voicemail messages, or texts" in response to the documentary.
They further claimed his actions "were done with the knowledge and consent of Britney, her court-appointed attorney and/or the court”.
Mathew S Rosengart, the singer’s newly appointed lawyer, repeated his calls for Jamie to be immediately removed from the conservatorship.
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He said at a hearing on Wednesday: "As a result of these deeply-disturbing allegations, Mr Spears will inevitably be focused over the next several days and weeks on defending his own interests not his daughter’s (yet again).
"And regardless of the outcome of the allegations, what cannot be genuinely disputed is how deeply upsetting they are to Ms Spears and if nothing else, they magnify the need to suspend Mr Spears immediately.”
Mr Rosengart said Jamie will be required to help with the transition to a temporary successor, if he leaves the conservatorship.
He added: "The only thing Mr Spears will ‘lose’ is something he should not have ever had — the ability to further harm his daughter.”
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