A former FBI special agent confirmed a claim that Britney Spears’ father spied on the pop star for years while she served as her conservator.
Sherine Ebadi, who has been working on fraud and corruption cases for more than 10 years at the federal agency, claimed in a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles and obtained by Page Six that Jamie Spears “engaged in and instructed others to engage in unscrupulous violations of [Britney’s] privacy and civil liberties. “
Ebadi said her findings “raise criminal implications” for Jamie, who oversaw her daughter’s personal, medical and financial affairs for most of her nearly 14-year conservatory time before a judge ended it in November 2021.
Ebadi said she “personally debriefed and interviewed” Alex Vlasov, the whistleblower, who in the 2021 New York Times documentary “Controlling Britney Spears” claimed that Jamie, 69, had monitored Britney’s cell phone and meandered her bedroom, concluding that he was a “very credible witness.
Vlasov, who worked for Britney’s former bodyguard Edan Yemini, told Ebadi that his employer, Black Box Security, “already monitored” the Grammy winner’s BlackBerry in 2012 when he started working there. Vlasov claimed that when Britney, 40, switched to an iPhone the following year, he was tasked with “finding surveillance software and installing it as a hidden app,” according to the statement.
“Mr Vlasov was instructed to review the monitored content and forward this information through Yemini to [Jamie]said Ebadi. “Sometimes Mr. Vlasov provided information about [Britney’s] monitored communication directly to [Jamie]. “
In 2015, Jamie allegedly instructed Black Box “to mirror the contents of [Britney’s] iCloud to a separate device that could be crawled ”at the suggestion of Robin Greenhill, an associate of Britney’s then-business manager Lou Taylor, according to the application.
“According to Mr. Vlasov sent Black Box [Britney’s] personal communication to [Jamie] at his express request, “Ebadi said, claiming that Jamie” at times “would ask to see his daughter’s” therapy notes or text messages “- even after he stepped down as curator of her persona in 2019.
Ebadi said Vlasov also claimed that Jamie was “particularly interested in his daughter’s lawyer-client communication and wanted regular updates from the Black Box on the content of these privileged messages.” Vlasov said his employer did not ask him to stop reviewing such communications before 2020.
Ebadi, who was on former Special Adviser Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, said in her statement that she also confirmed Vlasov’s interception.
“Black Box was originally responsible for proposing to plant a secret listening device [Britney’s] bedroom, however [Jamie] ‘loved’ the idea and approved and instructed that the installation should proceed, “she claimed.
The Black Box employee who placed the secret device in [Britney’s] bedroom, Mr Vlasov explained that he did so by taping it behind furniture so that it could not be seen, and that he added a separate battery pack to the recording unit to allow continuous recording for a longer period of time. ”
Vlasov claimed there were “hundreds of hours of audio recording” between 2016 and 2018, including conversations between Britney and her then-boyfriend as well as her teenage sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James.
Jamie’s lawyer, Alex Weingarten, did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment on Ebadi’s statement, but his former lawyer, Vivian Lee Thoreen, said in a 2021 statement that his “actions were carried out with the knowledge and consent of Britney, her appointed lawyer and / or the court. “
A Yemini lawyer, meanwhile, has previously said: “Black Box has always behaved in a professional, ethical and legal manner and they are particularly proud of their work in keeping Ms. Spears safe for many years.”
Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, filed Ebadi’s statement as part of a larger lawsuit accusing Jamie of taking more than $ 6 million from the “Toxic” singer’s property and using “his role as conservator to promote his own personal and business interests. “
Britney testified last summer that she wanted her estranged father to be charged with “conservatism abuse.”
Various conservatism-related requests and attorneys’ fees are to be discussed at a court hearing Wednesday afternoon.