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Britney Spears' Dad Says He Has 'No Idea' What She's Talking About, Wishes Her ‘The Best’
Britney Spears' lawyer Mathew Rosengart says that her dad, Jamie Spears, should focus more on accusations of stolen finances rather than "bullying" her over Instagram posts.
Britney Spears’ lawyer is hitting back after recent comments made by her father in which he implies that the pop star is misremembering or misconstruing events.
It all stems from a now-deleted Instagram post, created this week, in which Spears claims that her father set up the infamous 2003 interview with Diane Sawyer. That interview has come to light again in this year’s documentary “Framing Britney,” which criticized Sawyer’s grilling of the pop star following her break up with Justin Timberlake as sexist.
“Pretty lame of my dad and three men to show up at my door when I could hardly speak… they put Diane Sawyer in my living room… they forced me to talk!!! I was a baby… I was almost 22 and didn’t understand… but I f--king know now!!!” Spears, 40, posted this week, Jezebel reports.
Spears’ father Jamie Spears, 69, has since responded to the post through a statement put out by his lawyer Alex Weingarten, obtained by Variety.
“Mr. Spears has no idea what Ms. Spears is talking about,” the statement reads. “Jamie never set up any interview with Diane Sawyer and was not present for any such interview. He had nothing to do with Britney’s career at this point and was completely uninvolved in this interview. Jamie loves Britney very much, wishes Britney nothing but the best and hopes that she continues to seek the help that she needs to stay safe and healthy.”
Britney’s conservatorship was dissolved last month by a judge who ruled that it was no longer necessary. The decision 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. Even though Britney has recently been granted control of her finances again, Jamie has still been trying to access to them.
Mathew Rosengart, Britney’s lawyer, has recently said he is investigating some of the alarming allegations that Britney and others have made, including one that Jamie secretly bugged Britney’s bedroom. He is also looking into what he says is possibly mishandled money, which he says Jamie should be more focused on than that 2003 interview with Sawyer.
“Rather than bullying and attacking his daughter, even as he claims to ‘love’ her, it would be far more appropriate for Mr. Spears and his lawyer to focus on answering the following fundamental questions, to start, which we have been asking for months: As a suspended conservator, will he now return the millions of dollars in combined salary and commissions from Britney’s work that he paid himself before he was suspended? What were the total amounts he received from his daughter’s estate? Why did he approve a $500,000 payment to Tri Star after Britney went on hiatus? Does he have any evidence to refute the allegations in the extensive New York Times expose regarding a listening device being placed in his adult daughter’s bedroom?” he wrote in a statement, obtained by Jezebel.
Rosengart has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
While the conservatorship was fully terminated, accountant John Zabel had been given power of execution of the estate trust. This limited control will continue until Jan. 19, when a hearing to address accounting matters is scheduled. The court will address whether or not Jamie “dissipated funds” as Rosengart recently suggested, at that point as well.