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Britney Spears’ lawyer and an attorney representing her father got into a heated courtroom battle this week.
During a three-hour Wednesday hearing regarding the aftermath of Spears’ now-diminished conservatorship, her lawyer Mathew Rosengart literally pointed his finger at attorney Alex Weingarten, who represents Spears’ dad Jamie Spears, Variety reports.
“Lies!” Rosengart shouted while pointing towards Weingarten, calling some of his claims “preposterous.”
“He should be admonished,” Rosengart told Judge Brenda Penny. “He has attacked me. He has attacked this court. And it is intolerable.”
The hearing was a continuation of a battle between the two lawyers as they fight over who should pay for attorney fees, among other issues. Allegations that Jamie Spears, 69, was involved in secretly bugging his daughter’s bedroom with a listening device while he had power over her conservatorship remains a constant topic in the courtroom. Rosengart mentioned on Wednesday that he has “strong evidence” that Jamie was involved in “very intense and potentially illegal” surveillance of Britney, now 40, Variety reports.
Weingarten accused Rosengart of making up stories, the bugging story included, and then feeding such tales to the press. The bugging allegation first emerged in “Controlling Britney Spears,” a new New York Times documentary released last year.
“Virtually everything that is alleged is demonstratively false or taken out of context,” Weingarten told Penny.
Rosengart has also retained a FBI special agent to help his firm conduct an investigation into Jamie’s management of the estate during the conservatorship.
“The problem is we are fighting with our hands behind our back,” Weingarten claimed before asking the court to unseal records so the “truth” can be shown. He said the “public has the right to know,” according to Variety. He asked for Penny to set a hearing date to discuss that, which Penny did not immediately do.
“We don’t think a father who loves his daughter would file to unseal her medical records,” Rosengart responded, according to Variety, calling the request “highly inappropriate.”
Britney’s conservatorship was dissolved in November by Penny, a decision that came after months of intense criticism of the conservatorship by the “Overprotected” star and her supporters. Jamie had been his daughter’s conservator of estate for more than 13 years. He was also her conservator of person from 2008 until 2019 when he stepped down from that role.
Rosengart has also indicated in recent months that he's looking into Jamie's management of Britney's estate for possible misconduct. Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, Rosengart filed documents that allege Jamie “enriched himself” by “taking more than $6 million from his daughter’s earnings” while overseeing the conservatorship, CNBC reports. He argued that as a result, Jamie could more than afford to pay his own legal fees instead of asking his star daughter to foot the bill.
The next hearing in the case has been set for July 27.
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