The attorney representing Britney Spears in her conservatorship case accused her father Jamie Spears of extorting the pop star for $2 million in exchange for stepping down as her conservator.
In court documents filed this week, Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor who now represents the pop singer, said Jamie Spears had made multiple requests for payment for numerous reasons, including continuing "to do my best to keep current regarding the music, advertising and entertainment business."
Earlier this month, Jamie Spears agreed to step down as conservator of his daughter after nearly 13 years.
Rosengart stated that Jamie Spears was demanding payments for his legal fees as well as to Tri-Star Sports & Entertainment Group, a Nashville-based business management group run by Britney Spears's former business manager Lou Taylor. Both payments were for at least $500,000.
Rosengart called such demands "exorbitant" and said negotiations with Jamie Spears's lawyers were "unacceptable and unsuccessful." He also argued that they were a clear sign of an "unhealthy" conservator-conservatee relationship.
"Regardless of the past, Mr. Spears and his counsel are now on notice: the status quo is no longer tolerable, and Britney Spears will not be extorted. Mr. Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms. Spears’s estate by Mr. Spears and his associates, is a non-starter," Rosengart wrote in the court documents.
"One can certainly theorize why Mr. Spears wants to ensure payment to certain third parties while he perceives he still has leverage to extract concessions, but the reasons for his audacious desire to divert conservatorship assets to himself and others are, at this time, beside the point," Rosengart continued, accusing Jamie Spears of being "self-interested."
The Hill has reached out to Jamie Spears's lawyers for response.
Britney Spears said in bombshell June court testimony that she felt the conservatorship was "abusive" and that her father "loved the control to hurt his own daughter." She added that everyone involved in her conservatorship, including her father and management, "should be in jail."
In court documents stating his intentions to step down, Jamie Spears argued that there was no reason for him to do so and questioned whether this move was in the best interest of Britney Spears.
“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests,” the court documents read.