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Britney Spears’ ex-business manager helped create conservatorship, popstar’s attorney claims

Although he denied any involvement with Britney Spears’ Under guardianship, the pop star’s former business manager, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group, was directly involved in creating the legal arrangement, according to new court documents, filed by Spears’ attorney.

The filing claims that Tri Star received at least $18 million from the guardianship. Tri Star and its founder, Lou Taylor, served as the superstar’s business directors from 2008 to 2020.

The company was hired by the singer’s father, Jaime Spearsaround the time he placed his daughter in guardianship.

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The former Britney Spears business manager received at least $18 million from the conservatorship, according to the filing. (Invision/AP/AAP)

The elder Spears served as the singer’s conservator for most of the 13-year legal arrangement, before being suspended by the court last September before the full conservatorship ended in November.

Previously, Tri Star said she had no involvement in Spears’ conservatorship. But now a new court filing from Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart says Tri Star and its employees, Taylor and Robin Greenhill, were intimately involved in facilitating the conservatorship.

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The legal documents refer to emails, allegedly sent by Taylor, regarding the conservatorship.

“Tri Star, Lou Taylor and Robin Greenhill all denied that Tri Star had any involvement in creating the conservatorship,” Rosengart’s filing states, referring to an affidavit from Greenhill that read, “At the time the conservatorship … was established by this Court in early 2008, Tri Star had no role in Ms. Spears’ cases.”

The filing also references media interviews in which Tri Star denied involvement in the conservatorship.

“These denials by Tri Star and its representatives are false,” writes Rosengart. It also states that Tri Star received “over $18 million from the trusteeship it helped create.”

Jaime Spears
Jamie Spears, pictured, is said to have hired the company at the start of the conservatorship. (AP)

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Scott Edelman, attorney for Tri Star, offered a response to the claims on Saturday morning.

“This is materially misleading. As all of the evidence makes very clear, the conservatorship was put in place on the recommendation of legal counsel, not Tri Star, and approved by the Court for over 12 years,” Edelman wrote.

“In fact, Tri Star wasn’t even the business manager of the trusteeship when it was established. Handpicked email snippets can’t change the facts, which is why this nonsense will end once once and for all when the records are unsealed.”

Rosengart has publicly pledged to conduct a thorough investigation of Tri Star. His firm brought in PI Kroll to conduct an investigation into the conduct of the business, in addition to that of his father.

In the new filing, emails obtained by Kroll show communications allegedly sent between Taylor, Spears’ father, and his former lawyer, Geraldine Wyle. The emails indicate that Wyle was in communication with Taylor, before the conservatorship was put in place in February 2008.

“[Andrew Wallet] and Tri Star will serve as co [with] you,” Taylor reportedly wrote in an email to Spears’ father on January 17, 2008, stating that she had spoken to Wyle and his co-lawyer. “I look forward to working with you,” Taylor wrote at Wyle.

On January 30, 2008, Wyle reportedly wrote an email to Taylor, in which he stated, “We have encountered a problem with [the] selection of judges… the only judge who will be able to hear our case on Friday is the drug judge [sic] that won’t give Jamie the power to administer mind-altering drugs” to Britney Spears.

Britney Spears and her husband Sam Asghari. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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The emails referenced in the filing seem to indicate that Taylor wanted to be a co-curator. In an alleged February 2008 email, Taylor wrote, “I’m the right person for this.”

“I fought for Jamie for 3 years, prayed and fasted with him every week and life changed dramatically because of that determination,” Taylor reportedly wrote in a 2008 email.

Variety contacted Charles Harder, a lawyer for Tri Star, to comment on Rosengart’s filing and to verify the authenticity of the referenced emails allegedly sent by his client, Taylor.

He also states that Tri Star received “over $18 million from the trusteeship he helped create

Rosengart has been battling Tri Star since being hired by Spears as her attorney in the summer of 2021. He accused the company of “blocking” his attempts to obtain information for his client. In this new filing, Rosengart states that the reason Tri Star is not cooperating is that they were directly involved in creating the trusteeship, despite saying otherwise.

Spears’ father and Tri Star faced damning accusations from the singer, who said they abused her and profited financially during her conservatorship.

A New York Times report alleged that the star was under the watch of a security team hired by her father and that Tri Star was involved in monitoring the singer’s phone. At the time, a lawyer for Tri Star told The Times, “These allegations are not true.”

Last week, an attorney for Spears’ father, Alex Weingarten, filed an affidavit denying knowledge of his adult daughter’s private bedroom being bugged or allowing surveillance of the pop star.

Britney Spears, Dad Jamie Spears
Spears and her father, Jamie. (Twitter)

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“I have been made aware of the allegation by Britney’s attorney that a listening device or ‘bug’ was placed in her bedroom for surveillance purposes during the conservatorship. This allegation is false,” reads Spears’ father’s statement.

“I have never performed or authorized any surveillance of Britney’s bedroom at any time, including during the guardianship. I am not aware of any such surveillance.”

Variety contacted Weingarten for additional comment on the July 1 filing regarding Tri Star’s involvement in the conservatorship.

While the surveillance allegations have largely focused on Spears’ father and the security team he allegedly hired, Tri Star has been at the center of numerous allegations of financial mismanagement.

In December 2021, Tri Star was then featured in the New York Timestitled “Britney Spears Felt Trapped. Her Business Manager Benefited”, which raised financial questions about Tri Star founder Lou Taylor and whether she was unduly enriched with the singer’s earnings while she was his manager.

In the Time exhibit, Taylor and Jamie Spears have denied any wrongdoing through attorneys.

Taylor’s attorney, Harder, says Tri Star “served the estate faithfully” and helped Ms Spears build an estimated $60 million fortune, which he says “is a success by any measure. “.

Britney Spears
Spears is now free of conservatorship. (Instagram/BritneySpears)

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Now, in this new filing, Rosengart states that through its role in Spears’ guardianship, Tri Star not only benefited from at least $18 million from Spears’ estate, but also “built its company on the back of Britney Spears,” now featuring stars ranging from the Kardashians to Travis Scott.

“Despite her integral role at the time the conservatorship was established, despite raking in at least $18 million from Britney Spears while a conservative, and despite building her brand on Ms. Spears’ name and her incredible talent and his hard work…when Tri Star’s End of 2021, the undersigned attorney informally asked the attorney for basic information regarding the conservatorship…Tri Star, like Mr. Spears, chose to block and obscure “, writes Rosengart.

More than seven months after the pop star’s conservatorship ended, her legal battle continues. Besides this new file regarding Tri Star, Rosengart also continues to fight against his father.

The eldest Spears recently requested that his daughter be deposed to respond to his social media posts in which she made statements about his behavior towards her throughout the conservatorship.

Rosengart criticized the request, saying in a filing this week that his client’s father was seeking “revenge” through a “fictitious deposition,” while avoiding his own deposition.

The next hearing, which is expected to address all those issues, is set for July 13 at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse.

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