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How The Mysterious Los Angeles Security Firm Black Box Monitored Britney Spears
Edan Yemini, the founder of Black Box Security, has a background in the Israeli Special Forces.
The most shocking allegations put forth in a new documentary revealing more details of the controversial conservatorship under which Britney Spears has lived for years revolves around a mysterious security firm that was at the center of the apparatus put in place to control the pop icon.
“Controlling Britney Spears,” a new documentary produced by The New York Times, which was released on Friday, heavily featured commentary from Alex Vlasov, a former executive assistant and operations and cybersecurity manager for Los Angeles-based Black Box Security.
Vlasov claims that he still possesses 180 hours of audio recordings from a device that was secretly placed in Spears’ bedroom. The recordings allegedly include private interactions between the pop star and her boyfriend, as well as conversations she had with her two sons. The New York Times reports that its producers listened to the recordings to confirm their authenticity.
Vlasov told the documentary’s producers that Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, monitored all interactions on her iPhone by mirroring her iCloud account on an iPad. Vlasov also said that he encrypted all of the pop star's communications so they'd be sent to her father and her former business manager, Robin Greenhill.
What is Black Box Security?
Black Box Security purports itself to be “one of the most respected" companies for the protection of executives, residential security, travel to international destinations, and high-profile events, according to its website. It was founded around a decade ago.
Black Box Security did not immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
Edan Yemini, the chief executive and founder of Black Box, has a background in the Israeli Special Forces, the site states. The Spears account helped the company grow from a humble business to a security company used by multiple celebrities, The Times noted. The Kardashian Family and singers Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey are reportedly some of the company’s clients.
Wiretapping and secret recordings typically require two-party consent in California. Nevertheless, the company maintains it has done nothing wrong.
“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,” Yemini told The Times via his lawyer.
In June, Spears broke her decade-plus silence about the abuse she says she suffered under the conservatorship, which has controlled major aspects of her life for the past 13 years. She claimed had been placed on a psychiatric hold and forced to perform live against her will, alleged that she was ordered to take lithium, and was told she may not have an intrauterine device removed.
Since that hearing, massive pressure has mounted from her fans, the public and her new attorney for Spears' conservatorship to be ended by the court.