Britney Spears won’t be deposed in conservatorship case, judge rules

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Britney Spears will not have to sit for a deposition in her conservatorship case, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday.

Attorneys for Spears and her estranged father, Jamie Spears, have been trying for months to depose each other’s clients after the pop star, 40, described her conservatorship as “abusive” during an impassioned public court speech in June 2021.

Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, has claimed that Jamie, 70, enriched himself with at least $6 million while serving as his daughter’s conservator from the legal arrangement’s inception in February 2008 until his suspension in September 2021.

Jamie has also been accused of spying on Britney by secretly monitoring her cellphone and placing an audio recording device in her bedroom, the latter of which he denied doing.

Jamie’s lawyer, Alex Weingarten, meanwhile, argued that Britney was the one who should have been deposed given she has made damning allegations about her dad in court and on social media.

But as Rosengart pointed out, Britney had little to no information to share after being stripped of her personal, medical and financial rights during her nearly 14-year conservatorship, which was established after she endured a series of struggles in the public eye.

Britney, whose conservatorship was terminated in November 2021, scored another legal win earlier this month when the judge ruled that Jamie will have to sit for a deposition by Aug. 12 and turn over all documents in his possession.

During Wednesday’s hearing, which is still going on, Penny is also expected to rule on whether Britney’s embattled former business manager Lou Taylor and the Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group founder’s associate Robin Greenhill will have to sit for depositions and hand over any relevant paperwork they have.

Rosengart previously claimed that Tri Star reaped at least $18 million from Britney’s estate during the “Toxic” singer’s conservatorship.

A former employee on Britney’s security team, meanwhile, has alleged that Greenhill helped Jamie surveil his daughter, which Taylor’s lawyer, Charles Harder, called “false.”

Wednesday’s hearing may also see the judge approve or deny Britney’s mother Lynne Spears’ request that the Grammy winner pay her legal fees.

Lynne, 67, has said she wanted Britney to foot her attorneys’ $660,000-plus bill because “the status quo would have continued” had she not become involved in the conservatorship, but Rosengart asserted that the Spears matriarch had “no legal basis” to seek more of her “breadwinner” daughter’s money as a “third party” in the case.

Since being freed from her conservatorship, Britney has married her longtime love, Sam Asghari, and recorded her first new song in six years, a “Tiny Dancer” remix with Elton John.

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