Britney Spears’ father hired an Israeli-run private security agency to secretly record the pop singer in her bedroom and monitor her communications, a former employee of the firm has said in a new documentary.
Alex Vlasov, an executive assistant and operations and cybersecurity manager for Black Box Security for nine years, showed The New York Times evidence of secretly captured audio recordings, including Spears’ interactions and conversations with her boyfriend and children.
The chief executive and founder of Black Box, Edan Yemini, was born in Israel and is described as having a background in the Israeli Special Forces on the firm’s website.
Yemini did not respond to detailed questions from the Times following Vlasov’s claims. “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,” his lawyer said.
In the documentary released on Friday, “Controlling Britney Spears,” her life under James Spears’ conservatorship for the past 13 years is described in more detail than ever, thanks to Vlasov’s account and his trove of materials, the Times said.
The conservatorship was established in 2008 when Spears began to have very public mental struggles under the obsessive eye of media outlets and as hordes of paparazzi aggressively followed her everywhere, and she lost custody of her children.
On Wednesday, Spears said in a court filing that she agrees with her father that the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money should be terminated.
The filing in Los Angeles Superior Court from Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart said that she “fully consents” to “expeditiously” ending the conservatorship, which her father asked for in a September 7 petition.
It’s the first time Britney Spears has called for an end to the arrangement in court documents, though she has called for its termination in hearings.
Her filing emphasizes, however, that it is more important to her that her father be removed, calling it “a necessary first — and substantial — step towards Ms. Spears’s freedom and ending the Kafkaesque nightmare imposed upon her by her father, so that her dignity and basic liberties can be restored.”
It is urgent that James Spears be suspended from his role of conservator of Britney Spears’ finances by September 29, the next hearing date in the case, the filing said.
“Mr. Spears cannot be permitted to hold a position of control over his daughter for another day,” the document said.
The documents also reveal that Britney Spears is in the process of putting together a pre-nuptial agreement after getting engaged to her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari earlier this month. That process will mean the intensive involvement of the conservator of her money, a role her father can’t be permitted to play, the filing said.
The flurry of major filings means that next week’s hearing could be pivotal.
James Spears stepped aside as conservator of his daughter’s person in 2019, maintaining only his role as conservator of her money. He and his attorneys have said that renders many of his daughter’s complaints about his control meaningless.
Spears said in a dramatic June 23 speech in court that she was being compelled under the conservatorship to take certain medications and to use an intrauterine device for birth control against her will.
James Spears has denied acting in anything but his daughter’s best interest, and has declined demands that he resign immediately, though he said in court documents that he does have a plan to eventually step down.
But in a major reversal and possibly strategic move, he said in his September 7 filing that if she “wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
Rosengart has sought to keep the focus on James Spears’ removal since his hiring in July, and says that he will pursue an investigation of his handling of the conservatorship even after any removal.