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Britney Spears’ father secretly bugged her bedroom to monitor her private interactions, a former security form employee says.
Alex Vlasov, former executive assistant and operations and cybersecurity manager for Israeli security film Black Box, made the allegations in “Controlling Britney Spears,” a new New York Times documentary released on Friday.
He told the producers of the documentary that he was given a portable USB drive by his superiors, who asked him to delete the contents.
“I had them tell me what was on it,” he said. “They seemed very nervous and said that it was extremely sensitive, that nobody can ever know about this and that’s why I need to delete everything on it, so there’s no record of it.”
Vlasov said that the drive contained more than 180 hours of audio recordings from a device that was secretly placed in Spears’ bedroom. The audio included interactions between her and her children and boyfriend.
He said he kept a copy and The New York Times reports they listened to the recordings to confirm their authenticity.
It is a crime in California to record or eavesdrop on any confidential communication without the consent of all parties to the conversation.
Vlasov also alleged that Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, monitored all interactions on her iPhone by mirroring her iCloud account on an iPad. Vlasov said he encrypted all of the “Overprotected” star’s communications to send to Jamie. He said that even Spears’ conversations with her former court-appointed lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III were monitored.
Ingham even asked Jamie’s lawyers and chief executive of Black Box Security Edan Yemini, in 2020 if his client’s new phone was being monitored.
“Ethically, I need to get written confirmation that no one other than my client can access her calls, voice-mail messages or texts directly or indirectly,” Mr. Ingham wrote in email to them, according to the New York Times.
Geraldine Wyle, a lawyer for Jamie, responded: “Jamie confirms that he has no access to her calls, voice-mail messages, or texts.”
Vlasov said that wasn't true.
Jamie Spears’ attorneys have not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
They told the New York Times in a statement that all of Jamie’s “actions were well within the parameters of the authority conferred upon him by the court. His actions were done with the knowledge and consent of Britney, her court-appointed attorney, and/or the court. Jamie’s record as conservator — and the court’s approval of his actions — speak for themselves.”
Yemini said through his lawyer that “Mr. Yemini and Black Box have always conducted themselves within professional, ethical and legal bounds, and they are particularly proud of their work in keeping Ms. Spears safe for many years.”
Vlasov quit working for Black Box in April.
Britney’s current attorney Mathew S. Rosengart has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
He told the New York Times in a statement: “Any unauthorized intercepting or monitoring of Britney’s communications — especially attorney-client communications, which are a sacrosanct part of the legal system — would represent a shameful violation of her privacy rights and a striking example of the deprivation of her civil liberties.”
Britney broke her silence in June about the allegedly abusive conservatorship she has been under for the past 13 years. She claimed had been held in a psychiatric hold and forced to perform against her will, alleged that she was ordered to take lithium, and was told she cannot get her IUD removed. Since that hearing, the pressure for the conservatorship to end began to mount — both on social media and in the courtroom.
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