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The New York Times is releasing a documentary special on Britney’s conservatorship (and the #FreeBritney movement) called “Framing Britney Spears.”The documentary will stream on FX on Hulu on February 5, 2021.
Here’s more info about it and the official trailer:
Her rise was a global phenomenon. Her downfall was a cruel national sport. People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her career as she battles her father in court over who should control her life.
The meteoric rise and disturbing fall of Britney Spears has devolved into a Kafkaesque court battle that has reawakened her fandom and raised pressing questions about mental health and an individuals’ rights.
The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears re- examines her career and offers a new assessment of the movement rallying against her court-mandated conservatorship, capturing the unsavory dimensions of the American pop-star machine.
The series is executive produced by Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick, Stephanie Preiss from The New York Times, and Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Mary Robertson from Left/Right.
It has also been confirmed that Felicia Culotta and Adam Streisand (the lawyer that Britney tried to hire back in 2008 but was denied by the court) will appear and talk about Britney and the case. It will also feature Kim Kaiman (the marketing executive who originally created Spears’s image) and “a lawyer currently working on the conservatorship”.
Britney Is ‘Capable’ of Being a Free Woman: Speaking out for the first time in years, Culotta admits in the documentary that she “didn’t then nor do I now understand what a conservatorship is.” That said, taking Britney’s age and accomplishments into consideration, her former assistant says she knows “firsthand [what Britney is] capable of.”
Jamie Was Not as Present as Lynne Early On: Nancy Carson, the talent agent who helped Britney land an Off-Broadway role in New York City as a child, recalls seeing Jamie around Britney much less than Lynne in the early 1990s.
“Jamie visited from time to time and was anxious to see this time be worthwhile so that he could justify the money that it was costing to do this,” Carson says.
Former Jive executive Kaiman, meanwhile, tells viewers that Lynne “supported” Britney’s music career while Jamie was seemingly absent.
“Her mother would do whatever it took, personally and for the family’s sake, for Britney to be a star,” Kaiman recounts. “I never talked to her father. The only thing Jamie ever said to me was, ‘My daughter is going to be so rich she’s going to buy me a boat.’ That’s all I’m going to say about Jamie.”
Britney Was Never a ‘Puppet’: Kevin Tancharoen, who worked as one of Britney’s backup dancers in the prime of her career, contends in the film that she was “definitely in control of a lot of decisions” while on tour.
“That idea that Britney is a puppet who just gets moved around and gets told what to do is incredibly inaccurate,” he says. “When I was involved in all of those years, we would present a lot of ideas. She would have to like them, and she would have to approve them. She was very creative. She was the one who knew what she wanted to do, and she would make that happen or her people would make that happen for her. That’s how I got hired is because she just told somebody, ‘No, I want him to do it.’ And it happened within an hour. She was the boss.”
Britney Did Not Get to Choose Her Own Lawyer: Adam Streisand, a trial lawyer who specializes in conservatorships and estates, tells viewers that he met with Britney after her 2008 hospitalization when she was looking for an attorney.
“The first question I had was, ‘Does Britney have the capacity to be able to hire me? Does she have the ability to take my advice?’” he remembers asking during their meeting. “The first thing is Britney was able to make the judgment. [She said,] ‘Hey, I get what’s going on. I get that I’m not going to be able to resist this conservatorship or avoid this conservatorship.’ So, that’s a pretty sound judgment. The second thing was, she said, ‘I don’t want my father to be the conservator.’ That was her one request. She wanted a professional or somebody independent. … Britney did not want her father to be the conservator of her person, the person who makes decisions about her medical care, treatment, so on and so forth. She also didn’t want him controlling her finances.”
However, the judge on the case ultimately disagreed with Streisand’s assertion that the entertainer was capable of retaining her own lawyer, so he was not brought onto the case.
“I felt that was not the right decision by the judge,” Streisand says, acknowledging that the judge had seen Britney’s medical report while he had not. “I felt that based on my interactions with Britney that she was capable.”
Britney Will Speak Out One Day: At the end of the documentary, Culotta says she is confident that fans will get to hear from Britney again. “I know at some point she will tell her story. I know she will,” she says. “And I am so grateful for when that point comes, that she’s able to sit down and … everything will fall into place.”
Glory has been re-released on vinyl with two new songs, Swimming In The Stars and Matches ft. Backstreet Boys, and it also includes the original photoshoot made by David LaChapelle… AND IT LOOKS INCRDIBLE!
We still can’t believe how the album was originally released with the shoot made by Randee and not this one because it looks 100% better.
Here are all the photos from the vinyl and a preview of Matches.
Many things happened in today’s court hearing but the most important new is that Bessemer Trust has been appointed as Co-Conservator of Britney’s estate. Sadly, Judge Penny has decided not to suspend Jamie as conservator, so he remains in control alongside Bessemer. The good news is that the judge said she would consider future petitions for his suspension or outright removal inthe future and Inghman also made clear that he intends to file a petition to remove Jamie. So this is far from being over.
Lynne Spears was also “present”at the hearing and said that she wants Jamie removed and Bessemer to be appointed as sole conservator. She also said that she wishes Britney to “wake up tomorrow and see brighter days”.
And also, Britney has not spoken to Jamie in a very long time because Ingham told him that he wasn’t allowed to do it. Clearly, Britney doesn’t want to have any kind of relationship with her father.
Ingham also called her a “high-functioning conservatee” who deserves at least notice of the actions her father is taking, which he has declined to provide.
The hearing is to be continued on December 16 so the fight continues.
Great news! Britney’s petition for Bessemer Trust has been GRANTED by Judge Penny. They will begin to act as co-conservator of Britney’s estate while the matter over suspending her dad is being pushed to another day. #FreeBritneypic.twitter.com/MB9uyHgmrA
Samuel Ingham, Britney’s court appointed lawyer, told the judge that Britney is afraid of Jamie, her father and conservator of her estate and that she refuses to work as long as he remains in control of her estate.
Weirdly enough, Judge Penny declined to suspend Jamie immediately. So Brit’s still under the control of someone she’s afraid of. Unbelievable.
“My client has stated to me on many occasions that she is afraid of her father. She has also stated to me many times that she will not work as long as her father is in control of her career” – Samuel Ingham
In today’s court hearing, Lynne’s lawyer told the judge that when she asked Jamie for a particular document, his answer was: “Britney is like a racehorse and needs to be handled as one”.
We just wanna say this… Britney is not a racehorse, she is a human and she does not deserve to be under the control of someone who compares her with a racehorse. It doesnt matter how famous she is, she is still a human. It’s absolutely unbelievable that someone who thinks like that is in control of every aspect of Brit’s life.
Just as we suspected, in a new court filing Samuel Ingham said that Lou Taylor used Britney’s money to sue a FreeBritney supporter. Of course, this was done without Britney’s knowledge and consent. They are now asking for the attorneys’ fees to be audited by someone who’s not related with Jamie.
In this new filing, they are also objecting Lou and TriStar the 260% raise that Jamie gave them last year, again, without Brit’s knowledge and consent.
During the account period, BRITNEY paid SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP (“SI DLEY”) in excess of $350,000.00 in attorneys’ fees and costs. All of these fees and costs are identified on The Accounting as “Lutfi v. Spears”. (…)
SIDLEY also represented LOU TAYLOR, CEO of TRI STAR, personally during 2019. A copy of a “cease and desist letter” dated June 3, 2019 sent by SIDLEY on Ms. TAYLOR’s behalf is attached as Exhibit “C” and incorporated by this reference. SIDLEY billed the cost of this letter to BRITNEY on its statement dated August 9, 2019 referenced to “Sam Lutfi v. Andrew Wallet, as Co-Conservator”. The fee was paid by one of BRITNEY’s entities during the account period.
But Lou Taylor only resigned because she was getting major death threats… Sure. Funny how she used Britney’s money to sue a fan because he said Lou was using Britney’s money.
🚨Objection to 12th account filed by Samuel Ingham is exposing Lou & might be the real reason she resigned. Objection on exessive to Tri Star 260 % increase. Payment of Lou legal fees in her lawsuit against Britney's fan @bkstyl3 Additional Payment of accounting to Tri Star $80K pic.twitter.com/mSAj0CdbJ0
Posted about this on June 15th, 2019, it is now part of the objection Samuel Ingham filed about the twelfth account, because he not even paying that rent… "Far from being a conspiracy theory or a joke…"#FreeBritneypic.twitter.com/sjGZ3zY1ze
A few days ago, Jamie’s lawyers asked Ingham to clarify if Britney wanted Bessemer to serve as a sole conservator or as a co-conservator alongoside Jamie. Her answer was pretty clear: She wants Bessemer to serve as sole conservator of her estate.
And even “better”: In the same court docs, Ingham asks for the court to suspend Jamies Spears immediately stating Britney and her estate “will suffer loss and injury” if it is not granted. She doesn’t even want him in control of her estate until Besemer’s appointment as sole conservator. That says a LOT.
You can read the full documents here but here are a few key parts of it:
“BRITNEY wishes to have BESSEMER TRUST COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA, N.A. (“BESSEMER TRUST”) serve as sole conservator of her estate on the grounds set forth below.”
“The suggestion that JAMES will hold onto 11 BRITNEY’s assets even after BESSEMER TRUST is appointed gives rise 12 to a very serious concern as to the safety of BRITNEY’s estate.”
“The October 28 letter is a blatant attempt by JAMES to retain full functional control of her assets, books and records in the face of BRITNEY’s objections, TRISTAR’s resignation and the appointment of BESSEMER TRUST. His simple litigation strategy is to introduce a new gatekeeper who admittedly has a major working relationship with his legal team. It is now obvious that any effort to create a viable working relationship between and among BRITNEY, BESSEMER TRUST and JAMES would be doomed to failure even without the added stress of litigating BRITNEY’s objections to the Account. Therefore, BRITNEY will be filing a petition to remove JAMES a conservator of the estate,”
“It is therefore necessary and in her best interests that this Court make the following orders pursuant to Probate Code §2654:
a. Suspending JAMES immediately upon the appointment of BESSEMER TRUST as sole conservator of BRITNEY’s estate; and
b. Directing JAMES, TRISTAR and MICHAEL KANE to deliver the entire conservatorship estate together with all books and records forthwith to BESSEMER TRUST as sole conservator of the estate.”
BREAKING NEWS: Britney Spears’ court opponent attorney is requesting that her father be SUSPENDED and that Bessemer Trust be made the SOLE conservator of her estate. #FreeBritneypic.twitter.com/bVORoaxqUK
Big day for the #FREEBRITNEY campaign, people! Lou Taylor has resigned as Britney’s business manager! The resignation was on October 28th and Britney wasn’t informed about it. When the ship sinks, the rats flee lol
However, Jamie continues to act like an ass.According to new court docs, Ingham not only claims that neither Jamie nor Lou informed Britney of the resignation, but also that Jamie hired someone new without giving notice about it to Britney. And even worse, Britney doesn’t know the terms of their agreement so she doens’t know how much he’s being paid…WITH HER OWN MONEY! The court docs says:
“The October 28 letter states that TRISTAR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (“TRISTAR”) has resigned as BRITNEY’S business manager without prior notice to BRITNEY. Although no effective date is mentioned, the October 28 Letter does represent that “TriStar cannot wait to effectuate this change until the process of putting Bessemer in place as co-conservator is complete …. ”
“The October 28 letter further states that JAMES has retained MICHAEL KANE of MILLER KAPLAN to serve as business manager, effective Sunday, November 1, 2020. Mr. KANE was selected by JAMES without prior notice to BRITNEY. As result, there was no opportunity either for Mr. KANE to be interviewed or for alternatives to be considered. There is no indication as to any of the terms of his engagement by JAMES, including his compensation.”
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