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A new documentary on Britney Spears’ conservatorship puts forth allegations that the pop icon’s medication was increased during days she had to perform.
In “Britney vs Spears,” which hit Netflix on Tuesday, director Erin Lee Carr and journalist Jenny Eliscu review documents provided to them from an anonymous source that shines a light on Spears’ conservatorship.
The documents claim that Spears was diagnosed with dementia, even though she maintained a very demanding performance schedule which included world tours and television appearances. “Britney vs Spears” also focuses on the alleged control that Spears’ father Jamie Spears had and continues to have over her. Jamie has been his daughter’s conservator of person for 13 years. He was also her conservator of person from 2008 until 2019 when he stepped down.
The documents collected in the documentary allege that Spears’ medication regimen seemed to depend on her work schedule.
"There’s different dosages on ‘non-work days’ and work days,’" Eliscu notes in the documentary while reviewing the paperwork.
The documents obtained in the doumentary state, "On one hand, Jamie and the team valued the benefits of stimulants for Britney’s performance. This had been the case for her tours and for her participation on ‘The X Factor.’ By the same token, Jamie wanted Britney not to take stimulants. This contradiction has not been resolved."
Shortly following “The X Factor,” Britney began her longest residency in Las Vegas, “Piece of Me,” which continued for five years. She made more than $137 million from 2013 to 2017.
"Britney worked almost non-stop and made other people a lot of money," Carr states in the documentary.
The documentary states that Britney made $34 million between 2017 and 2018 with the "Piece of Me" world tour.
Jamie made more than 2 million dollars in addition to a $16,000 a month salary between 2013 and 2018; he gave Britney an $8,000 a month allowance.
In June, Spears broke her decade-plus silence about the abuse she says she suffered under the conservatorship. Amongst her claims, she said she had been placed on a psychiatric hold and forced to perform live against her will, and alleged that she was ordered to take lithium as punishment because she wanted to take a break from her brutal work schedule.
On Thursday, Judge Brenda Penny is expected to address Britney’s petition to remove her dad as conservator of her estate and Jamie’s petition to end the arrangement. It is a hearing that could prove pivotal for the conservatorship’s status.
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