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Former FBI agent says Britney Spears’s father spied on her during conservatorship

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A former FBI agent in a Tuesday court filing corroborated information that Britney Spears’s father spied on her during her 13-year conservatorship, The New York Times reported.

Sherine Ebadi, an investigator employed by the pop star’s legal team, backed up previously reported claims by The Times that Jamie Spears paid close to $6 million to have private security firm Black Box Security keep tabs on his daughter. The money reportedly came from the singer’s estate, her attorney Mathew S. Rosengart alleged.

Ebadi, who is currently employed at intelligence and investigations firm Kroll Associates Inc. but previously worked for the FBI, wrote that Jamie Spears “engaged in and directed others to engage in unconscionable violations of [Britney’s] privacy and civil liberties.” The alleged violations include monitoring his daughter’s cell phone and placing a recording device in her bedroom, noted Page Six, which obtained the filing.

Jamie Spears requested the firm “mirror the content of [Britney’s] iCloud to a separate device that could be reviewed” and pass along her “therapy notes or text messages,” Ebadi claimed.

Additionally, Jamie Spears reportedly was “particularly interested in his daughter’s attorney-client communications.”

Ebadi, who helped on the special investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, claimed that “hundreds of hours of audio recording” were obtained from the device planted in the pop star’s room without her knowledge.

The filing comes as Britney Spears’s legal team is fighting Jamie Spears’s request for his daughter to cover legal fees associated with her conservatorship. 

Rosengart is pushing for the court to dismiss Jamie Spears’s demands, arguing that “the allegations of misconduct against him are specific, credible and serious, ranging from abuse to conflicts of interest, financial mismanagement and corruption of the conservatorship to implicating state and federal criminal law.”

Rosengart and Jamie Spears’s attorney, Alex M. Weingarten, did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment. 
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