A lawyer for Britney Spears, in an attempt to counter her father's demand that she pay his legal bills, claimed in court papers filed Tuesday that her father and others involved in her conservatory had committed countless financial irregularities over several years.
Among the many charges in the case was an allegation that Ms. Spears' father, James P. Spears, paid nearly $ 6 million from her property to a security company that somehow provided private phone records to Ms. Spears' mother and others and got GPS "ping". data "to track the location of people close to Ms. Spears.
Mr. Spears, known as Jamie, was in charge of the conservatory for most of its nearly 14-year existence, until a judge dismissed the legal arrangement in November in the wake of public allegations by Britney Spears and news media about possible misdemeanors. Mr. Spears, who had been suspended as custodian of his daughter's property in September, subsequently requested that his attorney's fees be paid by Ms. Spears. His lawyer, Alex M. Weingarten, charges $ 1,200 an hour, according to a lawsuit.
The requests for Mr. Spears and other attorneys' fees charged at the conservatory are expected to be discussed at a court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
In his petition, Mr. argued. Spears' lawyer for the singer's estate to pay for his legal expenses to ensure that the conservatory is properly closed, and because Mr. Spears had not committed any offense.
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In response, Ms. Spears 'lawyer in the case that the court should dismiss Mr. Spears' claim because "the charges against him are specific, credible and serious, ranging from abuse to conflicts of interest, financial mismanagement and corruption of the conservatory. To implicate state and federal criminal law . "
The lawyer, Mathew S. Rosengart, cited several revelations about the handling of the conservatory, which were first reported by The New York Times, as well as new findings described by Sherine Ebadi, an investigator at Kroll and a former FBI agent detained by Ms. Spears's. legal team to investigate Mr. Spears' administration of the estate.
Lawyers for Mr. Spears and Ms. Spears did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A statement from Ms. Ebadi detailed her confirmation of allegations first reported by The Times on how Mr. Spears and the company Black Box Security monitored Ms. Spears' phone call, including her communication with her lawyer, secretly recorded her in her bedroom.
The statement from Mrs Ebadi in the court document said that she had interviewed former Black Box employee Alex Vlasov and that he described how Black Box had allegedly obtained private telephone records of Mrs Spears' mother and others to determine whether they spoke to the news media . He also told Ms Ebadi, according to the filing, that the Black Box would obtain GPS "ping data" to find the location of certain persons, such as ex-girlfriends, for surveillance.
It was unclear how the security company could have obtained this information. The statement notes that these methods are typically only available to law enforcement agencies through a court order.
The statement also claims that Mr. Spears asked Black Box to send him his daughter's "therapy notes" from her iCloud account, even though he was aware that he was explicitly forbidden to review them without Ms. Spears' permission.
Ms. Ebadi noted that Black Box had been paid nearly $ 6 million from Ms. Spears' property.
Ms. Spears' legal team claimed that "the conservatory stemmed from an ethically contentious relationship," citing a $ 40,000 loan first reported by The Times, which was made by Tri Star, a corporate management firm run by Mr. Spears' friend Louise M. Taylor, to Mr. Spears around the time he applied for the conservatory. While still in debt to the company, Mr. hired. Spears then Tri Star to manage his daughter's property, a role that gave the company millions under the conservatory.
According to the lawsuit, Kroll's investigation has identified several cases in which Mr. Spears engaged in financial dishonesty, self-trafficking and poor management as a conservator.
The case claimed that Mr. Spears was engaged in self-trading as a conservator when he sold Ms. Spears' childhood home to himself. It also said that Mr. Spears had paid for his living expenses with his daughter's funds, including close to $ 9,000 paid to Advanced Multimedia Partners, a business entity owned by James P. Watson III, the husband of Mr. Spears daughter Jamie Lynn Spears.
Ms. Ebadi also notes that Mr. Spears paid $ 1.5 million in maintenance costs for Ms. Spears' property in Louisiana - two to three times the value of the house - and avoided a question raised by the court about the "extraordinarily high expenses." She said more than $ 178,000 of the $ 1.5 million spent on the Louisiana residence was paid to Advanced Multimedia Partners.
The application alleges that the estate sometimes paid for inappropriate legal fees for others, including expenses related to Mrs. Taylor, and an episode involving a ban on domestic violence filed against Mr. Spears that prevented him from contacting Mrs. Spears' children.
The court documents state that during the conservatory, Mr. Spears paid more than $ 30 million in fees to dozens of law firms, "including large payments for apparently small cases, as well as significant overlap in work performed."
The lawsuits contained additional requests for discovery and deposits, which Ms. Spears' legal team believes will produce more evidence of misconduct.
Lawyers for Tri Star and Black Box Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Earlier, a lawyer for Black Box said company officials "have always behaved in a professional, ethical and legal manner", and a Tri Star lawyer said the company "faithfully served the estate."