Fireworks went off in court on Wednesday at Britney Spears' latest hearing, as the singer and her father's lawyers went head-to-head in a continuous and controversial legal battle that lasted about three hours.
Although the conservatory has been terminated, the fight between the pop star and her father, Jamie Spears, continues, mainly over a disagreement over payment for ongoing legal fees and allegations that the pop star was tricked by a secret surveillance device with his father's involvement.
"Lie!" exclaimed Spears 'lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, pointing the finger at Alex Weingarten, Elder Spears' lawyer, accusing him of making "nonsensical" and "offensive" allegations. "He should be admonished," Rosengart told Judge Brenda Penny. "He's attacked me. He's attacked this court. And it's intolerable."
Rosengart's passionate comments came after Weingarten accused Rosengart of inventing false stories - such as the surveillance allegations - and planting these stories with the press.
"Virtually everything that is alleged is demonstratively false or taken out of context," Weingarten told the judge, after Rosengart said his firm has "strong evidence" that Spears' father was involved in "very intense and potential illegal "monitoring of the star. which was first claimed by the New York Times in their bombing report last fall.
"It did not happen!" Weingarten shouted and got up in front of the judge and talked about the wiretapping allegations. Weingarten presented no evidence that he disagreed with the surveillance allegations, except that he theorized that Rosengart planted the story in the media.
As revealed in a lawsuit yesterday, Rosengart's firm has retained a former FBI specialty agent to help conduct an investigation into Spears' father's management of her property under the conservatory; the archive stated that the investigation confirmed allegations in the New York Times that the singer's father had hired a security company, Black Box, to secretly monitor his famous daughter, monitor her phone and plant a listening device in her bedroom that captured communications. with her counseling and her therapy sessions.
"The problem is that we are struggling with our hands behind our backs," Weingarten told the judge, expressing that Rosengart uses the media and the pop star uses his social media to get their side of the story out, he said. . Weingarten then asked the court to close records from the entire case so people can hear the "truth." He said that "the public has a right to know."
Rosengart categorized the "attacks" as "shameful."
Weingarten then asked the judge to schedule a date to file a motion to remove the seal of all records from the entire conservatory case. The judge did not immediately set a date and appeared to show some reluctance, which referred to the court's busy calendar.
"We do not believe that a father who loves his daughter will apply to release her medical records," Rosengart told the judge, stating that Elder Spears is only seeking to save his own reputation, calling his lawyer's request to remove the seal "offensive". and "very inappropriate."
Although Spears' conservatory was fired last fall, it could take months before an agreement can be reached in which lawyers are still battling over whether the singer should pay legal bills that her father incurred when he was in charge of her finances.
The next major court hearing in the case was scheduled for July 27.
A separate hearing was scheduled for March 16 regarding Rosengart's objections to attorneys' fees requested by the lawyers for the star's mother Lynne Spears. A hearing is still lacking to address the singer's former business manager, Tri Star Sports and Entertainment, which is canceling subpoenas served by the star's legal team. (Rosengart has accused Tri Star of "stone-walling" his attempt to obtain information for his client and has said his company was forced to issue two subpoenas because they would not cooperate voluntarily.)
The only significant order on Wednesday came from Penny, who ruled that it was not necessary to set aside a reserve from Spears' property - a request from Weingarten, who asked the judge to order that a certain amount be set aside in the meantime, in order to ensure that lawyers can get paid in the end.
Prior to Penny's decision in the singer's favor, Rosengart said the conservatory has already been closed so his client has complete control over her money. He argued that if there is ultimately a request for her to make more payments on attorneys' fees, the court can make that ruling.
"Let's remember why this conservatory was introduced," Weingarten said. "Miss Spears was irresponsible with her finances."
The judge quickly closed Weingarten's statement. "Please, let's not go there," Penny said. "Let's not go that way."