Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, hired a security firm that monitored his digital communications and went so far as to secretly capture audio recordings from his bedroom, according to a New York Times documentary released on Friday.
The audio – worth over 180 hours – reportedly recorded conversations the pop star allegedly had with her boyfriend and children, said Alex Vlasov, a former Black Box company employee who spoke with The Times for his “New York Times Presents” series. on Hulu.
“Just because you have control doesn’t mean you have the right to treat people like property,” Vlasov said in the hour-long program. “I didn’t feel like she was being treated like a human being.” At another point, he told The Times he felt the security team surrounding Britney Spears was like a “prison.”
The singer told a court investigator in 2016 that she couldn’t even befriend people “mostly men” unless they were approved by her father, a copy of the report says. obtained by the New York Times.
“There was an obsession with men in Britney’s life,” Vlasov said in the documentary.
While his father’s level of control over his life has come under scrutiny, details of the inner workings of Spears’ guardianship have been kept under wraps. The legal arrangement was put in place in 2008 out of concern for the star’s sanity and gave her curators – including her father – the final approval on where she could go, what she could buy. and what medical treatment she was receiving, among other personal freedoms.
Security even distributed the singer’s medication to her, according to Vlasov.
It is not known how many security measures have been approved by the Los Angeles Superior Court in the past 13 years.
Vlasov started at Black Box as a personal assistant to its founder, Edan Yemini, whose company website says he was trained in the Israel Defense Forces. Among his usual tasks, Vlasov said, he was reportedly asked to encrypt messages from Spears that were reflected on an iPad logged into his iCloud account so that Yemini could give them to Jamie Spears and Robin Greenhill, an executive at Tri Star Sports. & Entertainment which has helped manage the singer’s career.
“Edan would say: ‘She is like a child, like any minor, who needs the consent of her parents,” Vlasov said.
He said in the documentary that he felt in ethical conflict with the job and confident in his decision to speak in public.
At one point in his job in 2016, Vlasov said that Yemini handed him a USB drive with audio recordings from Britney Spears’ bedroom and asked him to remove the content.
“I asked them to tell me what was on it,” Vlasov said in the documentary. “They seemed very nervous and said it was extremely sensitive, that no one can ever know and that’s why I have to delete everything, so there is no record of it.”
He continued, “It raised so many red flags with me and I didn’t want to be complicit in anything they were involved in, so I kept a copy, because I don’t want to delete any evidence.”
Former wardrobe manager Tish Yates claimed it was Greenhill she saw alarmingly control the singer. According to Vlasov, it was Greenhill who proposed to reproduce the texts and photos of Spears on the iPad.
“Britney was like, ‘Hey, is there any way to have sushi for dinner?’,” Yates recalls. “And I heard Robin say, ‘You ate sushi yesterday. It’s too expensive. You no longer need it. If she pushed back a little, they pushed harder.
Access to Spears’ Children – Two Boys was used to force her to follow the instructions of her restaurateurs.
At one point on the 2009 “Circus” tour, Spears became “in distress,” Yates said, as she was moved by a cloud of marijuana smoke as she approached the stage and feared she would fail. a drug test, and therefore not to be allowed. see the boys.
“The level of how scared she was really opened my eyes,” Yates said.
Spears’ former assistant and confidante 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 about the guardianship, calling it “abusive.”
Spears was finally allowed in court to hire his own lawyer in July. Earlier this month, after months of criticism and scrutiny, her father’s lawyers filed a surprise motion to dissolve the entire guardianship.
Greenhill and Jamie Spears’ attorneys did not immediately return HuffPost’s requests for comment.
In a statement to The Times, Yemini said through his attorney: “Mr. Yemini and Black Box have always conducted themselves within professional, ethical and legal boundaries, and they take particular pride in their work in ensuring the Ms. Spears’ safety for many years.
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