British Pop Star Triumphs: Judge Rejects Father’s Bid to Compel Britney’s Testimony

The so-called “revenge deposition” of Britney’s father will not be held, according to a ruling made by a judge on Wednesday. At an afternoon hearing, a Los Angeles County judge stayed true to the court’s tentative decision and spared “Toxic” singer Jamie Spears the in-person questioning he had requested. Mathew Rosengart, Britney’s lawyer, said that his client will be “re-traumatized” as a result.

Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled that the pop diva “likely does not have” any knowledge of her father’s disputed actions, including the New York Times’s reporting of his alleged espionage scheme. There are “other” methods available to Jamie’s lawyers, according to her, which don’t burden the superstar in any way. According to the judge, Mr. Spears’ upcoming petition objecting to payments for improper monitoring falls squarely within the subject of that petition, but he’s certain to obtain the same and possibly additional responses through other modes of discovery.

While seeking court clearance for his handling of his daughter’s funds dating back to 2019 and permission to bill her estate for his ongoing legal bills, Jamie wanted to depose his daughter about what he describes as the “unsubstantiated claims” made against him. According to Britney, her father mistreated her and mismanaged her estate while allegedly conspiring with a security outfit to monitor her private chats and bug her bedroom. Britney is disputing these permissions.

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Rosengart told a court hearing two weeks ago that Jamie was seeking a “revenge deposition” in the ongoing legal battle. Since her nearly 14-year conservatorship ended in November last year, his client has no direct knowledge of her father’s alleged wrongdoing, he claims. According to Rosengart, “whether (Jamie Spears) believes it or not, his daughter feels traumatized by what she went through at his hands for over a decade,” she argued Wednesday.

“He has the right to believe that his own flesh and blood is telling lies. He’s free to believe she’s lying, even if she isn’t. What would a reasonable person do in this situation? As a good father, how would you respond? He’d remark, ‘That’s what my daughter thinks,’ and then laugh. ‘I love my daughter.’ He’s made it clear that he adores his daughter in public. Then he should not only accept the court’s decision but also withdraw his appeal (for additional fees). If you were a moral man, you would have done this,”

Later in the week, Judge Penny refused a motion by Jamie by Kroll Associates, the investigative firm that found Jamie paid himself over $6.3 million from his daughter’s estate between 2008 and the end of 2020. While trying to be “vindicated,” Jamie’s lawyer Alex Weingarten challenged the court’s decisions, stating he was “flabbergasted” by the idea that he was not entitled to discovery from his daughter or her investigative firm.

He then defended Jamie’s record, stating that Britney is “where she is today” because of the conservatorship. Spears says he is happy with what he did for his daughter, safeguarding her from svengalis and Rasputins, as well as other unscrupulous persons who were trying to cash in on her reputation. Weingarten testified in court that he had “beautifully protected” her for 13 years. “There was nothing he could have done wrong.”

It wasn’t long before Judge Penny was moving on to Rosengart’s upcoming request to subpoena Robin Greenhill and Lou Taylor, the managers engaged by Jamie to oversee Britney’s professional activities during her conservatorship, and she listened calmly before proceeding. The judge ruled that Rosengart’s subpoenas for Tri Star’s documents relating to Jamie’s alleged espionage were legal, but the session was adjourned in the middle of a Tri Star lawyer’s rebuttal argument. The next hearing, in this case, has been scheduled for Aug. 24.