Britney Spears’ father should end dodging his pop star daughter and sit for a deposition no afterwards than Aug. 12 to solution concerns about his alleged “misconduct” at the helm of her now-terminated conservatorship, a judge dominated Wednesday.
Los Angeles County Judge Brenda Penny said Jamie Spears must journey to Los Angeles for the examination, for each the “Toxic” singer’s ask for. She further dominated Jamie should develop “all paperwork and communications” sought by his daughter related to his alleged “electronic surveillance” of the superstar — and that Britney is not obligated to remedy her dad’s dueling ask for for “further” document discovery from her.
The trio of choices marked a sizable victory for the earth-well-known entertainer, but Judge Penny declined to abide by by way of and issue a fourth ruling in Britney’s favor following sharing a tentative decision in which she outright turned down Jamie’s request to depose Britney. Following listening to heated arguments from each sides, Choose Penny stated she needed further briefing on the subject just before issuing a closing decision at a adhere to-up hearing July 27.
The pop star’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, argued Jamie’s quest to grill his daughter beneath oath is “immoral” and amounts to a “revenge deposition.” Rosengart, a previous federal prosecutor, said Jamie is fair sport mainly because “credible evidence” shows he mismanaged Britney’s 13-year conservatorship — which was terminated final November — and oversaw a surveillance program that bugged her bed room.
When it arrives to Britney, nevertheless, she’s not somebody who has any “firsthand” awareness of the alleged “serious misconduct,” and she would be “re-traumatized” if compelled into a “retaliatory” deposition, Rosengart argued.
“Britney Spears desires to transfer on with her everyday living,” Rosengart said. “She is free of charge, and Mr. Spears needs to suck her back again into this conservatorship for his possess inappropriate, immoral, and, we believe, unsupportable causes.”
Rosengart stated his consumer, who recently married her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari, has no designs to testify as a witness at an predicted evidentiary hearing connected to her pending obstacle of Jamie’s request for a lot more dollars from her estate to pay out for his lawful fees.
“I know they’re worried about Instagram posts and a reserve that she’s writing — but you don’t get to depose someone [for that],” the lawyer argued in courtroom. “You do not sit down a victim for a deposition to be deposed by the victimizer. You really do not do that. You really don’t do that as a issue of morality. You never do that as a subject of fairness.” Rosengart added that California’s Code of Civil Method segment 2025.420 gave the courtroom the authority to defend Britney from “unwarranted annoyance, humiliation, or oppression, or undue load and cost.”
Jamie’s attorney, Alex Weingarten, argued his customer experienced a “fundamental right” to depose his daughter.
“The unequivocal truth right here is that Ms. Spears is a social gathering to this litigation. She has submitted verified objections both to the accounting and the fee petition. She are unable to stay clear of collaborating in discovery in this case. It is black-letter legislation, your honor,” Weingarten argued. “Years in the past, when she was in the conservatorship, she resisted staying deposed, and the Court of Attractiveness intervened and stated she had to be deposed. I’m at a loss as to how we could be precluded from the opportunity to perform [this] discovery.”
Weingarten explained that, though “it’s in vogue now to trash Mr. Spears,” his client has a right to protect himself. “I suspect Ms. Spears will be a treasure trove of information,” he reported.
When Decide Penny issued the ruling that Jamie was not entitled to additional written discovery from his daughter, Weingarten turned visibly upset. He questioned for a remain in the proceedings to charm the ruling and asked for a “discovery referee” be appointed to phase in and “go through” all the document requests. Decide Penny shot him down.
“Why not skip to the stage the place we assemble gallows?” Weingarten vented, top Decide Penny to remark that his assertion was unwarranted.
Soon after the listening to, Weingarten stated he prepared to file a writ to instantly appeal the adverse ruling on doc discovery.
Rosengart, in the meantime, reported he appreciated the court’s rulings.
“Mr. Spears, as the court docket determined, has now properly been hiding — hiding from his deposition — for no much less than 9 months. The working day of reckoning for Mr. Spears has arrive, at the very least at this phase, in conditions of the courtroom purchasing him to surface for his deposition,” Rosengart explained outside the house the courtroom. “We’ve observed very little from but obstruction and stonewalling from him.”
At a hearing previous January, Judge Penny claimed she’d hoped the events would be mostly finished with discovery by July 27 so she could set the dispute for an evidentiary listening to in a trial courtroom. That timetable appeared to be in jeopardy Wednesday.
Britney was freed from her virtually 14-calendar year conservatorship on Nov. 12 immediately after blowing the doors off the legal arrangement with back again-to-again statements to Judge Penny in June and July of 2021. In her live addresses read about the world, the singer reported her conservatorship, mostly controlled by her father, was “cruel” and “abusive” as it dictated her finances, health treatment, and personalized interactions for most of her grownup daily life.
Once she hired Rosengart, she began her intense marketing campaign to examine claims her father mismanaged her hundreds of thousands although working with “bullying conduct” to retain her in line. To that conclusion, she hired the accounting and intelligence business Kroll for a forensic assessment of the controversial conservatorship and submitted a sworn statement from Kroll govt and former FBI agent Sherine Ebadi detailing an alleged “pattern of misconduct” elevating attainable “criminal implications.”
Most notably, Ebadi stated she personally debriefed one of Britney’s former safety staffers, Alex Vlasov, and found him to be “highly credible.” Vlasov is the whistleblower who beforehand instructed the New York Instances that he experienced firsthand information of his ex-boss Edan Yemini, CEO of Black Box Protection, positioning a solution listening product in Britney’s bed room and making use of surveillance engineering that captured the singer’s privileged communications with her attorney.
“Mr. Vlasov frequently overheard Mr. Yemini updating Mr. Spears on the contents of the telephone gadgets applied by his daughter,” Ebadi wrote in her statement.
Judge Penny said Wednesday that she would just take up a pending discovery dispute connected to Kroll at a listening to later this thirty day period.
From Rolling Stone US.