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  1. We've discovered that Billy B ( her former makeup artist ) Is really close to her, and they talk in daily basis. Not only on the documentary but in older videos where she shows "captions of conversations with her" !. I personally think THIS will be the final proof that Birtney is not allowed to speak or hang out with anyone she wants. If this guy after showing up on the Documentary is pulled out of her life, We will know what is happening really. What do you guys think ? .
  2. Some new and interesting information/investigations regarding Britney's trusts SurpriseWitnes's twitter thread: Dizz's twitter thread: Thoughts? P.S. if possible, please repost/share these tweets
  3. A large part of the discussion around the conservatorship involves Britney's finances. Let's compare two lawsuits — the WEG lawsuit and the Brand Sense lawsuit — to see if they offer up any clues as to how her finances have been managed both before and after the conservatorship. Shall we? The WEG Lawsuit: In October of 2007, Britney's former manager, Johnny Wright, sued Britney and her company "Britney Touring, Inc." for unpaid commissions he claimed she owed him. Johnny alleged that Britney stopped paying him in December of 2006, just as she split from Kevin Federline. The commissions dated back to 2003, when Britney and Johnny parted ways, and included album advances for "In The Zone" and "Greatest Hits." The fact that "Britney Touring, Inc." was also named in the lawsuit hints that Johnny felt she owed him commissions on the "Onyx Hotel Tour," as well as possibly the "House of Blues Tour." Johnny claimed he didn't know how much she owed since he hadn't received accounting reports since 2003. Source: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1047435/wright-sues-spears-for-breach-of-contract/ Within the court documents it stated: "Upon information and belief, SPEARS and BTI concealed from WEG a series of negotiations and agreements for otherwise commissionable Gross Receipts payable to WEG, thus diverting those commissions to SPEARS directly or indirectly, or to corporate entities without the knowledge, consent, or agreement of WEG, both before and after the termination Agreement." The Brand Sense Lawsuit: In March of 2011, a company called Brand Sense Partners, LLC sued Britney for unpaid commissions they claimed she owed them. They claimed a compromise deal was orchestrated by Jamie Spears and Lou M. Taylor, which delivered perfume royalties from Elizabeth Arden directly to Britney. Source: https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/03/exclusive-britney-spears-being-sued-10m-ex-business-partner/ Within the court documents it stated: “Britney secretly made a separate deal with Elizabeth Arden in a sneaky underhanded effort to circumvent and evade its obligations to Brand Sense.” ... “Brand Sense had a contractual right to a 35% commission on any Britney Spears-branded fragrance sold by Elizabeth Arden” ... “But Mr. Spears complained that the commission was too high and said that Britney did not want to pay it.” Both lawsuits were settled by the conservatorship, and included large payments to Johnny Wright and Brand Sense Partners. The SJB Revocable Trust: In July of 2004, Britney's estimated $100-million fortune was placed into the SJB Revocable Trust. Britney was named as the sole Trustee. Source: https://people.com/crime/whos-in-charge-of-britney-spearss-money/ Adam Streisand: In February of 2008, lawyer Adam Streisand attempted to represent Britney in the first hearing for the proposed conservatorship. Before being ejected from the courtroom, Streisand claimed Britney had told him her estate was worth $40-million, encompassed 15 separate entities, and was in the middle of a $17-million IRS audit with Jive Records. Streisand says Britney has expressed a "very strong desire" for her father, Jamie Spears, not to be the conservator of her estate, and asked the court to name Northern Trust Bank and her business manager Howard Grossman as co-conservators. Source: https://www.mtv.com/news/1580917/britney-spears-lawyer-ejected-from-courtroom-after-judge-doesnt-recognize-him-as-her-counsel/ Michael Sands: In February 2008, following Adam Streisand's unsuccessful attempts to represent Britney, lawyer Jon Eardley filed documents with the court claiming she had been robbed. Eardley's spokesman, Michael Sands (who was also the spokesman for Sam Lutfi) claimed that RICO Act violations had taken place. He claimed the theft was on a grand scale, involving racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering, and that the theft "occurred prior to the conservatorship taking place and continues still." Source: https://www.mtv.com/news/1582277/britney-spears-has-been-robbed-her-self-proclaimed-lawyer-insists/ Bryan Spears: In July of 2020, Britney's older brother Bryan Spears sat down for an interview where he talked about taking over the financial end of the "family business." 13:20 - "It was 2003 that I took over, until 2009." 12:20 - "We didn't have anyone that was overseeing the actual financial business development, next step kind of thing for Brit. We had managers, we had business managers, we had agents. Everything. But no one was looking at what the left hand was doing and looking at what the right hand was doing. There was no top cop, basically, who was looking out for her best interests. So we, as a family, as we always do, vote and come up with a family decision. We all thought that would be a good idea for me to oversee all of it...Making sure money is being put away, new business is being formed, brands are being formed, trying to make money while we sleep so we're not so focused on having to tour." 14:42 - "Looking at a situation...if I feel like I don't have a really good handle on it, or if I feel like I don't have the expertise to conquer it, I go and hire or find the person or company that can. So, I went and hired Ernst & Young out of Nashville, brought them in and did an entire audit of every single detail of her business from publishing to branding to merchandising...we had a huge doll line. Tour merch, and all of that. And I had those guys give me a report that showed me, and we all broke it down. And then I went back, assessed it, and then I wound up having to make a lot of adjustments after that." Interviewer: "So how did you feel when you got that report?" Bryan: "I was not very well liked, you could put it that way, amongst the team." Interviewer: "Did you give a rat's ***? I mean, if they're stealing from your sister?" Bryan: "Looking back on it, I did what was right." Interviewer: "What did you do? Did you clean house?" Bryan: "Ya. Everyone but the manager." 17:22 - "My thing was new business development, that's what I kind of focused on. Which was the branding, and creating the Elizabeth Arden fragrance line with her. Just that alone has done over a $100-billion in sales...If your brand is producing those kind of numbers globally, in a 10-year span, that's a lot of money." Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS9Gyo7JdO8 Connecting the Dots: In 1999, Britney hired Johnny Wright to manage her career alongside entertainment lawyer Larry Rudolph. At this time, Britney signed a 10-year contract with Johnny and his management company, Wright Entertainment Group (WEG) which specified that "sunset payments" for deals he negotiated for her were to be paid through February of 2009. Following her split with Justin Timberlake in 2003, Britney parted ways with Johnny Wright. She remained with her other manager, Larry Rudolph. Around this time, Britney's older brother, Bryan Spears, took over the financial end of the "family business." He brought in a team of accountants to do a financial audit. Upon seeing the results, Bryan fired everyone except Larry Rudolph. He went on to focus on business development, including a multi-billion-dollar perfume line with Elizabeth Arden. Not long after, the SJB Revocable Trust was created to protect Britney's fortune, which was estimated to be around $100-million. All of her stocks, furnishings, jewelry, and all other assets were placed in the Trust. Britney was named as the sole Trustee. Were Britney to become incapacitated, both Bryan Spears and lawyer Ivan Taback would become co-Trustees. Two and a half years later, Britney split with husband Kevin Federline. According to Johnny Wright, payments to WEG stopped shortly after. Further, Johnny claimed he did not know exactly how much Britney owed him because he had not received an accounting report since they had parted ways in 2003. Less than a year later, in October 2007, Johnny Wright filed a lawsuit against Britney and her company "Britney Touring, Inc." In the court documents, Johnny alleged that new corporations may have been created to divert the commissions owed to him. Within four months, Jamie Spears, working with the "Spears Family Spokesperson" and owner of Tri-Star Entertainment, Lou M. Taylor, applied for a temporary conservatorship over Britney. As Britney attempted to fight the conservatorship in court, it was revealed that her $100-million fortune was now worth only $40-million. At the time, Bryan Spears remained in charge of overseeing the financial end of the "family business." With Britney deemed incompetent by the court, Bryan and Ivan Taback were named Co-Trustees of the SJB Trust. Within weeks, they transferred "Britney Touring, Inc." to the newly formed Estate, to be managed by Jamie Spears and Andrew Wallet. Two years later, in 2011, a second allegation of "diverted commissions" was made in court — this time by Brand Sense Partners, LLC. The company had brokered a deal with Elizabeth Arden to create a new line of fragrances for Britney. However, Jamie Spears and Lou M. Taylor were accused in court documents of diverting commissions from Brand Sense Partners in a "sneaky underhanded" way. Both the WEG lawsuit and the Brand Sense lawsuit were eventually settled by the conservatorship, with large payouts to both to rightly compensate them for the diverted commissions. For reference... A Chronological Timeline: https://www.breatheheavy.com/exhale/index.php?/forums/topic/787778-a-chronological-timeline-of-britney-spears-conservatorship/ So... What does all of this tell us about Britney's family's role in managing her finances? Please discuss.
  4. A photographer named Andrew Gallery, who worked with Britney on For The Record and became close friends with her, just revealed that he was the one to share a letter Britney wrote him between 2009-2010. Britney asked it be shared with us, but he couldn't at the time because he was under contract. Gallery says the conservatorship ultimately destroyed the letter, but before they could he made a copy. The letter was originally published on the Daily Mail in 2019, but no one knew if it was 100% real or not because the source was anonymous. Gallery reveals he was that anonymous source. He is now speaking up publicly because of the severity of her situation.
  5. Being that Selena Gomez has been such an obvious die hard fan of Britney’s, why do you think she hasn’t spoken up like other celebs in light of the “Framing Britney” documentary? It’s quite possible she has and I just haven’t seen it so please correct me if I’m wrong. I know I’ve seen posts on here about why Madonna (queen of speaking up) and Christina haven’t said anything, but I’m particularly curious about Selena. I have a feeling Madonna had to sign and NDA when Brit was featured in the “Human Nature” back drop video for the tour and that’s why we haven’t heard from her. Otherwise she’s be all over it for the publicity and I do genuinely believe she cares about Britney. I’m also wondering if Selena's staying hush hush just bc she’s trying to respect her privacy like she so desperately wishes others would do for her. I see a lot of similarities between their careers and public persona. They both have had it pretty hard with the media scrutiny so I feel like Selena can definitely relate. Let me know if you agree or disagree and why in the comments! Look forward to hearing everyone else’s thoughts! And as always keep it nice kids! Xo
  6. If they could interview some actual mental health law/human rights attorneys to comment on the legality of the conservatorship, instead of probate/trust attorneys who are involved and whose legal expertise begins and ends at forwarding papers to an accountant, that would be nice.
  7. A local Philippine Variety show had briefly talked about FreeBritney prior to their performance of "Matches". People are really talking about our movement right now, local celebrities and different news outlets have talked about FreeBritney here in Asia, I'm just happy we and this documentary made the whole world care for our girl.
  8. With everything going on and more details coming out about the conservatorships level of control, it makes me wonder who’s idea the plastic surgeries really were... From her nose jobs, her surgery to make her smile bigger by slicing her cheeks Joker style, and even the Brest implants that caused so much media scrutiny for her in the beginning. We’re they hear ideas? Or could she had been pressured and eventually forced by the conservatorship to maintain their desired image? After all she has no control over her own medial care... j what do YOU think??
  9. Recently I noticed on Instagram's profile of Bryan Spears's girlfriend that there is a lot of Lynne. Like for example from yesterday's Valentine's Day: Plus few weeks ago : As Jamie Lynn blocked me I cannot see if Lynne is still hanging out and taking care of her girls as previously. Could someone tell? I find it interesting and it seems Lynne spends more time in LA and with Bryan and his girlfriend who is pro free Britney. And in the end Bryan's interview helped our movement and confimed Britney always wanted to get out of CONservatorship. I am wonder if this means Lynne and Jamie Lynn got in some kind of conflict.
  10. Sam Ingham is Britney’s Court-appointed attorney. Sam Ingham is a conservatorship/trusts/estates attorney, NOT a mental health law/human rights attorney. His job is managing the money and finances of dead/nearly dead people. He is not in the business of challenging claims of incapacity. That is what Britney needs now. Britney has been found in a psyche/medical report, which her father would have commissioned on her behalf, to lack capacity to instruct Counsel. This medical report is over a decade old. If a medical report in 2007 said you had a broken arm, and this report was being relied upon to judge your ongoing arm strength in 2021, you would get a new report commissioned. I work in mental health law and human rights (not in California, sorry) and only saw Framing Britney Spears just now because it hasn’t aired in my country yet, and my first thought was: why the hell hasn’t she obtained a new medical/psyche report to challenge the incapacity issue? If she could exhibit this to the Court, then the Court would at least have to look at whether the conservatorship were still necessary (because it wouldn’t be). There are only two reasons I can think that this wouldn’t be looked at- and granted, I don’t practice in California so maybe I’m wrong. But they are either that (a) Britney is still suffering from some debilitating mental illness to this day which would be confirmed in a new psyche/medical report, or (b) that her attorney just isn’t challenging this aspect of the conservatorship. This is either because he’s inexperienced in doing this (challenging a conservatorship isn’t really something that he would normally/ever have to do), he doesn’t know how (which I wouldn’t blame him for because I definitely wouldn’t be able to manage someone’s trust or estate at first go) or he’s not being instructed by Britney to do this (how can any normal person be expected to come up with this). We should also keep in mind that it’s in Sam Ingham’s interests to keep Britney in a conservatorship because then he keeps her as a client and still gets paid. Big money. Britney didn’t appoint him as her Counsel. The Court did. California Probate Code says that conservatees have the right to be represented by Counsel they choose, but Britney does not have this right because of this old medical/psyche report. Sam Ingham said on August 31 that the conservatorship is voluntary and that, at any point, Britney could instruct him to file the paperwork to get rid of it. This hasn’t happened. Instead, they are just trying to get Jamie off it. This is really weird. Why would Britney need a conservatorship which comes with extremely expensive Court fees (for her own lawyers, her father’s lawyers, the Trust’s lawyers) when she could just get rid of the conservatorship and hire a business manager/accountancy firm to oversee her $? It just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me and raises questions in my mind about the kind of advice she’s been getting for the past 13 years. Also, Britney has been placed under a probate conservatorship. This is really extreme and could easily be contested by a new medical/psyche report which would not indicate that she has a dementia-related illness in 2021. If Sam Ingham won’t do it, Jamie Lynn should get her attorneys to arrange one and try to use them to introduce it to proceedings and bring it to the attention of the Court. The question is: why are they not doing this?
  11. So Sam just posted a new photo with Britney and she looks stunning! This kind of pictures should be on "hers"Instagram.
  12. Hi everyone! I think that every little thing matters so my proposal is this - let's add #freebritney in our Instagram bio. Maybe this helps to spread the hashtag. I just updated mine
  13. Featuring never-before-seen photos and dozens of behind-the-scenes stories about life at home, in the studio, and on the road, Britney Spears' Heart to Heart is not only a must-have for Britney fans, it's also an honest look at what it's like for girls to grow up in today's world. Here's straight talk from the heart, from a mother and daughter who know that love, faith, and family always come first. EXCERPT My mama, Lynne, lights up a room when she walks into it. She just radiates warmth, and it's the most wonderful feeling in the world to be around her. People are simply drawn to her, and the friends she has are her friends forever -- and then some. That's why I'm so lucky that she's my best friend. What we have between us is something rare. The older I get, the more I realize that. Growing up, I knew so many girls who used to fight all the time with their moms -- over everything, it seemed: boys, clothes, curfews -- and that used to make me so sad. I wished they could all have a mom like mine. (Although my brother, my sister, and I would've hated to share her with anyone else!) She is the strongest, bravest, most generous person I have ever known, and I'd be truly blessed if even just a little bit of that has rubbed off on me. An interviewer once asked me what I thought was the key to success. Well, I think it takes three very important things: (1) talent, (2) a belief in yourself, and (3) someone who believes in you. My mama was and is that someone. I wanted to write this book so people could understand what a special bond we have between us and how much we've depended on each other over the years -- through good times and tough ones (and there have been some tough ones). I hope that in sharing our story we'll inspire mothers and daughters to open their hearts to one another. It would also be great to be able to encourage kids to follow their dreams and not to be scared to set high goals. I'm living proof that you can succeed, no matter where you're from or how little you have. My family didn't have a whole lot of "things" when I was growing up, but we had one another. Back home, folks always joke that my mama and I can complete each other's sentences. It's true -- and besides that, she calls me at exactly the moment I need her most. Don't ask me how she does it. Somehow she senses what I'm feeling, even if we're thousands of miles apart. So I'd tell her right now just how much I love her, but she already knows. Britney Spears ****** Britney and I would go to the moon for each other. Mothers and daughters aren't always as close as we are, especially during the teenage years. It's a hard time, and there's potential for a lot of misunderstanding. People say there's a generation gap. Well, I don't really believe that. We've always managed to put any differences aside and focus on what is the key to any good relationship -- love and respect for each other. You can love your child and you can love your mama (that's nature's way), but it is important to truly like your child and your mama, too. Kids will make mistakes; they'll do things they shouldn't. That's a given. But didn't we all make mistakes when we were younger? I always try to remind myself of that and stay as open-minded as possible. (I just love it when Brit tells me I'm "cool.") Maybe I don't understand everything that she likes or does (the belly-button-piercing thing I just do not get!), but I give her room to learn, room to explore, room to grow. Which doesn't mean I don't worry -- that's a mother's job, after all. But I know that she's got a good head on her shoulders and a big heart, and they'll be her guides when I can't be with her. I certainly don't want any of the credit for Britney's success. She's earned that all by herself. I haven't done anything more for my daughter than any good mother would do: I just nurtured her on her path. I believed that Britney had a great gift and that she should use it, if that's what her heart was telling her to do. There were people along the way who told me I was doing the wrong thing, that I was building up her hopes and it could only lead to heartbreak. What kid from Kentwood, Louisiana, ever went on to become a pop star, much less by the age of seventeen? But just because no one had done it before didn't mean Britney couldn't. Someone had to be the first, so why not her? I knew there'd be plenty of obstacles in her path, and I tried my best to prepare her for them and help her jump those hurdles as they came along. I'm an elementary-school teacher and I love to teach, so of course I'd like everyone to learn something from our experiences. This book is a wonderful chance for me to share some of the things I've learned while raising Brit, her brother, Bryan, and her little sister, Jamie Lynn. Lesson 1: Being a parent is more than just helping with homework, kissing scraped knees, or nursing the chicken pox. It's a lifelong job and it's the most challenging -- yet the most rewarding -- one you will ever have. Lesson 2: There's no book on how to be the perfect parent, no rules to follow. (And I'm thankful for that because I probably broke them all!) Every child is special and unique, and you just do the very best you can. And finally, Lesson 3: There is no greater joy than finding your meaning in life -- except maybe helping someone you love find hers. Writing this book with Brit has been a labor of love for both of us. We've shared so much over the past eighteen years, and we still do. (You should see our phone bills!) What I hope you take away from our efforts is a better understanding of who Britney is (who knows her better than her mama?) and of the power of love, faith, and family. If you believe in these things and follow your heart, the sky is the limit. Lynne Spears Excerpted from Britney Spears' Heart to Heart by Britney and Lynne Spears Copyright© 2000 by Britney and Lynne Spears. Excerpted by permission of Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
  14. Back in 2008, during the height of the drama surrounding Britney, CCM recording artist, Bebo Norman, released a single called "Britney. To me, this song was not only a beautiful tribute to our favorite pop star, but also an apology and social commentary on the way the media/public scrutinizes those in the public eye. When asked about the song, Norman said: "'Britney' is a song about what our culture says and does to young women these days. It's about the lies we tell them about fame and money and what's beautiful and what will give them life. It's an apology for those lies. But more than that, it's an invitation to the truth about a God who is bigger than the pain this world so often leaves them in." I was already a big fan of Norman prior to the release, but this song made me love him even more back then. I've always thought it was incredibly under-rated and it never received the recognition it deserved. Now, in the wake of the #freebritney movement and how people are finally starting to understand and sympathize with her situation, I think the song deserves more attention and respect! As a Christian, I know first-hand that it was a huge career risk for Bebo Norman to release a song about Britney during this time. If you've never heard it, give it a listen. The words are especially relevant today. Video is fan-made. Lyrics below. Britney, I'm sorry for the lies we told We took you into our arms, and left you cold Britney, I'm sorry for this cruel, cruel world We sell the beauty but destroy the girl Britney, I'm sorry for your broken heart We stood aside and watched you fall apart I'm sorry we told you fame would fill you up And money moves the man, so drink the cup I know love goes around the world we know And you never see it coming back But I can see it coming back for you Yes, coming back for you Britney, I'm sorry for the stones we throw We tear you down just so we can watch the show Britney, I'm sorry for the words we say We point the finger as you fall from grace I know love goes around the world we know And you never see it coming back But I can see it coming back for you Yes, coming back for you Britney, I do believe that love has come Here for the broken Here for the ones like us I know love goes around the world we know And you never see it coming back You never see it coming back
  15. Army, I'm just so mad with the fact that there still are stupid people brainwashed by the 2007 media. If anyone here speaks Spanish, please go defend our baby and do your magic with this 'so-called' youtuber. He's basically saying Britney needs the conservatorship, that daddy Spears protected her and her business and still does, otherwise she'd still be on drugs; that the Free Britney movement is a conspiracy of uninformed and dumb fans. https://twitter.com/DalasReview/status/1359329148221718529?s=20 I'm boiling with rage.
  16. I made a video about Britney that covers a little bit about the conservatorship, Framing Britney, FreeBritney and more. It's a brief video to get others interested in learning more about Britney. What do you guys think?
  17. Guys Alan ******* that played in "The Good Wife" and "Six and the city" supports #FreeBritney! I don't know how to post a screenshot but he shared NYT post on his Instagram and wrote that he supports the movement!
  18. Sometimes it's easier to solve puzzles when the facts are laid out in chronological order. Can we begin posting key dates, and I can update this post as we go? __________________________________ July 26, 2004 - Britney's estimated $100-million fortune is placed into the SJB Revocable Trust. Britney is the sole Trustee. Aug. 5, 2006 - Lou M. Taylor, President of Tri Star, is by now representing Jamie Lynn Spears, who appears at the time in the TV show "Zoey 101." Nov. 7, 2006 - Britney Spears files a petition for divorce from Kevin Federline. Feb. 14, 2007 - Britney is taken to rehab in Antigua by manager Larry Rudolph. Within 24 hours, she checks herself out and returns to Florida. Feb. 16, 2007 - Britney nearly misses her flight from Miami to Los Angeles. The walkway is re-extended so she can board the plane. Feb. 16, 2007 - That evening, Britney shaves her head. “Right before Britney went into Promises, after she shaved her head, I got an anonymous call from a man while I was driving in Los Angeles. There are drugs planted in Britney’s Malibu home,” he said, going on to tell me that it was a conspiracy between Kevin and Britney’s assistants to make my daughter look like a bad mother.” (Lynne Spears, "Through The Storm," page 165) Feb. 20, 2007 - Britney checks into Promises rehab center in Los Angeles. Feb. 21, 2007 - Kevin Federline is granted an ex parte (emergency) court hearing over custody of their two young sons. Feb. 21 2007 - Britney checks out of Promises and drives to meet with Blair Berk, a prominent criminal defence attorney. Feb. 22, 2007 - Britney checks back into rehab for the third time. She enters Promises for a one-month stay. Mar. 21, 2007 - Britney is released from rehab. Apr. 13, 2007 - In a taped rant, Britney says, "My management totally knew what they were doing when they sent me to rehab - they were so right." Apr. 19, 2007 - In a statement to Page Six, James Spears sticks up for Britney's manager Larry Rudolph - who was fired by Britney last Friday. May 22, 2007 - Lynne Spears attends the season finale of Dancing with the Stars with Sam Lutfi, as well as discusses shoe and jewelry endorsements with him. (Lynne Spears, "Through The Storm," page 167) June 28, 2007 - Britney visits the set of Zoey 101 to serve her mother with a faux restraining order regarding the boys. Oct. 1, 2007 - A judge grants Kevin Federline the sole right "to retain physical custody of the minor children." Federline's attorney petitioned for Monday's unscheduled hearing after Spears was spotted shuttling her two children around LA over the weekend, less than two weeks after she was busted on charges of driving without a license...Calling Spears a "habitual, frequent and continuous" user of controlled substances and alcohol, Gordon last month ordered the entertainer to undergo twice-weekly random drug and alcohol testing..." Oct. 1, 2007 - The Dr. Phil show contacts Federline's family members asking them to be guests on an upcoming show about the custody battle. Oct. 29, 2007 - Lynne Spears has signed a book deal with a Christian imprint. The book is to be based on her spiritual journals. Oct. 29, 2007 - Wright Entertainment Group (WEG), owned by ex-manager Johnny Wright, sues Britney for unpaid commissions. WEG managed Britney until February 2003, but was supposed to keep receiving commissions until February 2008 for deals negotiated on her behalf. Now WEG claims that Britney stopped paying in December 2006. WEG claims Britney has not accounted for or paid commissions for Zomba advances on LP's 3 and 4 ("In The Zone" and "Greatest Hits"), among other claims against "Britney Touring, Inc" (BTI). Also, "Upon information and belief, SPEARS and BTI concealed from WEG a series of negotiations and agreements for otherwise commissionable Gross Receipts payable to WEG, thus diverting those commissions to SPEARS directly or indirectly, or to corporate entities without the knowledge, consent, or agreement of WEG, both before and after the termination Agreement." Nov. 15, 2007 - Britney must attend court after a positive drug test. The cause is thought to be a prescription for Adderall. Jan. 4, 2008 - Britney is placed on a "5150" hold, which can last up to 72-hours if it is determined she is a threat to herself or others. Jan 5, 2008 - Dr. Phil McGraw is invited into Britney's hospital room by her family. Britney walks out after he enters, and checks out of the hospital. Jan. 31, 2008 - Britney is placed on a second "5150" hold. She tells her doctor that she has been taking Adderall. Feb. 1, 2008 - The Superior Court of California places Britney Spears under a temporary conservatorship (Case # BP109096) due to "dementia." Feb. 2, 2008 - Britney speaks for 30 minutes with lawyer Adam Streisand of the firm Loeb & Loeb. Feb. 3, 2008 - Court-apppointed attorney Samuel Ingham III visits Britney unannounced at the UCLA Medical Center, determining that she didn't understand the court proceedings, and that "she lacks the capacity to retain counsel." Feb. 3, 2008 - Attempts to serve Britney's "manager," Sam Lutfi, with a restraining order fail twice over the weekend. Feb. 4, 2008 - In a court hearing on Monday, lawyer Adam Streisand attempts to represent Britney. He is denied. Before being ejected from the courtroom, Streisand claims Britney's estate is worth $40-million, encompasses 15 separate entities and is in the middle of a $17-million IRS audit with Jive Records. Streisand says Britney has expressed a "very strong desire" for her father, Jamie Spears, not to be the conservator of her estate. He asks the court to name Northern Trust Bank and Spears' business manager Howard Grossman as co-conservators. Feb. 5, 2008 - Lynne Spears files a declaration to obtain a restraining order against Sam Lutfi, claiming he was drugging Britney. Feb. 6, 2008 - Adnan Ghalib drives Britney to Adam Streisand's office for a meeting after she springs herself from the hospital. Feb. 12, 2008 - Britney speaks to lawyer Jon Eardley on the phone before it is taken away and disconnected. Feb. 13, 2008 - A physician is ordered to report to the court concerning Britney's medical evaluation. Feb. 14, 2008 - Britney ceases to be the Trustee of the SJB Revocable Trust. She is replaced by Bryan Spears and lawyer Ivan Taback. Feb. 25, 2008 - Lawyer Jon Eardley claims via his spokesman, Michael Sands (who also represents Sam Lutfi), that Britney has been robbed and is being abused. "I have been informed of the existence of voice mails, etc., that include verbal abuse." Sands claims the theft is on a grand scale, involving racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering, and that the theft occurred prior to the conservatorship taking place and continues still. Sands claims there is an ongoing criminal investigation, but declines to say which agency is involved. As a result, he said, his office has been broken into and documents have been allegedly stolen and/or erased from his computer. "Lives have been threatened," Sands said. "People are being intimidated. It's terrorism. I don't want to make any accusations, but we're talking the financial r*** of Britney Spears." Mar. 10, 2008 - "Britney Touring, Inc." is transferring from the SJB Revocable Trust to the newly formed Estate (Jamie Spears & Andrew Wallet). Mar. 31, 2008 - Larry Rudolph is rehired for the third time as Britney's manager. Apr. 13, 2008 - JFXOnline reports that Adnan Ghalib has been stabbed after being attacked. Sept. 16, 2008 - Lynne Spears releases "Through The Storm," detailing how James Spears and Lou M. Taylor planned the conservatorship. Oct. 21, 2008 - JFXOnline insinuates that Britney and Adnan may be back "on" after photos arise of her wearing his ring. Oct. 28, 2008 - Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz rules that Britney's conservatorship will become permanent. Nov. 19, 2008 - "For The Record" is released, in which a crying Britney claims her life is like Groundhog Day and "too in control." Dec. 11, 2008 - Rolling Stone editor Jenny Eliscu, after interviewing Britney, says of the conservatorship: "It's a problem for her now." Jan. 5, 2009 - By this date the "dementia" claim has been removed from court documents, and replaced with "unable to resist undue influence." Jan. 16, 2009 - Adnan Ghalib and Sam Lutfi work together to deliver Britney a cell phone at a Beverly Hills hotel. Jan. 21, 2009 - JFXOnline releases a taped message Britney left for lawyer Jon Eardley: "Hi my name’s Britney Spears. I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship that my father has threatened me several times, you know, he’ll take my children away. I just want to be guaranteed that everything will be fine with the process of you guys taking care of everything that things will stay the same as far as my custodial time. That’s it, bye.” Feb. 3, 2009 - Sam Lutfi files a lawsuit against Britney and her parents for breach of contract and defamation. Feb. 25, 2009 - Adnan Ghalib is charged after hitting a process server with his car while trying to escape delivery of a restraining order. Mar. 3, 2009 - The first date of the Circus Starring Britney Spears occurs in New Orleans, LA. Mar. 18, 2009 - A three-year restraining order is issued against Adnan Ghalib and Sam Lutfi. June 5, 2009 - Britney settles her lawsuit with Johnny Wright's management company, WEG. Mar. 20, 2011 - Brand Sense Partner, LLC sues Britney for $10-million. “Britney secretly made a separate deal with Elizabeth Arden in a sneaky underhanded effort to circumvent and evade its obligations to Brand Sense,” the suit states. “Brand Sense had a contractual right to a 35% commission on any Britney Spears-branded fragrance sold by Elizabeth Arden,” the suit claims. “But Mr. Spears complained that the commission was too high and said that Britney did not want to pay it.” A compromise deal was orchestrated, which would have delivered royalties directly to Britney. June 16, 2011 - The first date of the Femme Fatale tour occurs in Sacramento, CA. Sept. 28, 2011 - James Spears is made Manager of the Femme Fatale tour, earning him over $1-million via a 2% cut of Larry's 10% commission. Feb. 17, 2012 - Britney settles her lawsuit with Brand Sense Partners LLC, paying the company commissions for a period of years, in addition to a lump sum. May 30, 2013 - Atara Tours, Inc. is registered in Nevada with James Spears as President and Andrew Wallet as Treasurer. Dec. 27, 2013 - "Britney: Piece Of Me" launches as a residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. May 2, 2016 - Britney faces Lutfi across a table for four hours as she testifies for his lawsuit. By all accounts, she is cool and collected. Sept. 7, 2016 - Lutfi settles his lawsuit against Britney and her parents, with Lutfi receiving in the low six figures. May 22, 2018 - Jamie Lynn Spears is named sole Trustee of the SJB Revocable Trust. June 10, 2018 - For the first time since 2007, the monthly child support payments to Kevin Federline are increased from $20,000 to an unknown amount. July 6, 2018 - The SJB Revocable Trust undergoes its first amendment, allowing the "BJS Kids & Family Trust" to be the recipient of all of Britney's assets upon her death. July 12, 2018 - The Piece of Me: Exclusive Limited Tour launches at an MGM Resort in Maryland. Aug. 26, 2018 - Britney ejects a fan from a meet and greet at a London POM tour date after the fan lightly touches the back of her sweater. Aug. 28, 2018 - Britney is accused of being uncommunicative and disrespectful to fans at a Paris date of the POM tour. Oct. 19, 2018 - Britney announces the Domination residency in Las Vegas, but leaves the scene before speaking to the crowd. Jan. 4, 2019 - The Domination residency is put on hold as "Britney" announces an indefinite work hiatus due to James' ruptured colon. Mar. 4, 2019 - Lawyer Andrew Wallet resigns as co-conservator of Britney's estate. Apr. 3, 2019 - TMZ reports that Britney checked herself into a mental health facility a week earlier to help her cope with her father's illness. Apr. 3, 2019 - Atara Tours undergoes a name change; Britney is named President, replacing James P. Spears. None of the other LLC's are changed. May 8, 2019 - A five-year restraining order is issued against Sam Lutfi, ordering him to stay away from Britney Spears, her parents, and two children. May 10, 2019 - An evaluation is ordered after Britney appears in court alongside her mother Lynne, who is attempting to gain access to medical records. Sept. 3, 2019 - A restraining order is issued against James Spears, ordering him to stay away from Sean and Jayden following an altercation. July 13, 2020 - Lynne Spears files a "Request for Special Notice" with the court in the matter of the SJB Revocable Trust. Aug. 18, 2020 - An accounting report shows Britney's assets in the "estate" to be valued at nearly $56.4-million. Aug. 21, 2020 - Jamie Lynn files a Petition for Order to Deposit Trust Assets Into Blocked Account(s). Jamie Lynn includes an application to involve Stonebridge Wealth Management as an authorized agent. Lou M. Taylor has 13+ years of experience with Stonebridge. Nov. 2, 2020 - Jamie Lynn withdraws her petition to move assets and asks to resign as sole Trustee of the SJB Revocable Trust. Nov. 3, 2020 - Tri Star Sports, owned by Lou M. Taylor, resigns as Britney’s business manager without prior notice. Nov. 3, 2020 - Jamie Spears retains Michael Kane to serve as Britney’s business manager. Nov. 3, 2020 - Britney asks to have Bessemer Trust Company serve as the conservator of her estate. Nov. 11, 2020 - Judge Brenda Penny refuses to remove James Spears as sole financial conservator, but approves Bessemer Trust as co-conservator of her estate. Feb. 11, 2021 - Jamie Spears files an objection to the proposed order appointing Bessemer Trust as co-conservator of her estate. UPDATE: A detailed timeline by Leanne Simmons that covers many of the more recent details can be found here. And unlike this timeline, it's fully sourced! https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTG3tRPhVjPfcwmYNudft9VoRTw8u9LZAfWMfneRiM8Tv2l2jAY9tJc8zFgA1ESFufSd132Pqa9oBWz/pub
  19. "That's all I'm going to say about Jamie." Kim Kaiman Senior Director of Marketing Jive Records 1998-2004
  20. By MEREDITH BLAKE | STAFF WRITER FEB. 5, 2021 12:54 PM PT For 13 years, nearly every aspect of Britney Spears’ life — including major financial, professional and medical decisions — has been controlled by her father Jamie Spears through a court-approved conservatorship. Instituted after Spears’ very public breakdown in 2007-2008, the legal arrangement is now older than Spears was when she debuted on “The Mickey Mouse Club.” It has endured even as Spears appeared to stabilize and mount an impressive comeback, releasing multiple albums, touring the world and performing 248 shows during a wildly lucrative four-year residency in Las Vegas. Since Spears abruptly canceled a second planned residency in early 2019, the legal arrangement — shrouded in mystery and a thicket of non-disclosure agreements — has increasingly raised questions. Why, many wonder, is someone so capable and productive not allowed to make her own decisions? Journalists have produced think pieces and investigative deep dives alike about the conservatorship, and her most devoted fans have mobilized on social media to #FreeBritney from what they believe are exploitative circumstances maintained against her wishes. Now it’s the subject of a feature-length documentary from a team of journalists at the New York Times, premiering Friday on FX and FX on Hulu. Directed and produced by Samantha Stark, “Framing Britney Spears” charts Spears’ rise from plucky “Star Search” contestant to queen bee of “TRL,” as well as the high-profile unraveling that turned her personal troubles into a national punchline and culminated in the controversial conservatorship. Applying the rigor of a “Frontline” episode to a narrative that has been shaped by thinly sourced gossip and anonymous hearsay, “Framing Britney Spears” is also a pointed work of cultural criticism that might make some viewers feel guilt about idly gawking at pictures of Spears on Perez Hilton circa 2007. By retelling her story from the vantage point of 2021 — at what we hope is a time of greater sensitivity to mental health issues and a heightened post-#MeToo understanding of the misogyny that pervades much of celebrity culture — the documentary encourages viewers to reconsider their ideas about Spears, her chaotic tabloid persona and her fervently devoted fans. New York Times senior story editor Liz Day, who works on the paper’s branded FX docuseries “The Weekly,” says she was drawn to making a film about Spears because, she wondered, “How could the same person be able to perform at a very high level in Las Vegas as a superstar doing sold-out shows, making millions of dollars, but at the same time we’re being told that she is so vulnerable and at-risk that she needs this very intense layer of protection?” What makes Spears’ conservatorship unusual — other than her extraordinary fame — is that these legal arrangements are typically designed for older people, often with dementia, who are incapable of making informed decisions or physically taking care of themselves. There’s a Catch-22 for people who attempt to terminate a conservatorship, Day explains. “If you are not necessarily in total control of your day-to-day life, or your finances, how do you prove that you can be in control of your finances and your day-to-day life?” Day, who helped report segments on Alex Jones and Ivanka Trump as a senior news producer at “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” says that Spears’ conservatorship is the hardest story she’s had to cover, thanks to complicated family dynamics, sensitive legal and medical issues, and the additional layers of and secrecy that come with Spears’ fame and wealth. Then there’s the unreliable nature of celebrity journalism and standards that can vary wildly from outlet to outlet. “You hear a lot of speculation out there that gets repeated and repeated as fact: ‘Britney has X’ or ‘she’s not allowed to Y.’ And when you really dig into, ‘How do you know what’s on the record?’ there’s a lot of smoke,” Day says. The producers of “Framing Britney Spears” reached out to the pop star, her family, their lawyers and other members of her inner circle, but were turned down (or met with silence) at nearly every turn. “It was a real ethical quandary trying to figure out how to do this and not participate in what everyone has done in the past, which is make all these assumptions about [Spears],” says Stark. A breakthrough came when Felicia Culotta, who performed an unusual hybrid role as the singer’s friend, assistant and travel companion in the pre-conservatorship era, agreed to talk about Spears on the record for the first time in many years, providing emotional insight. “The one reason I did the interview was to remind people why they fell in love with her in the first place,” Culotta says in the documentary. Another pivotal interview came from Adam Streisand, the attorney Spears tried to hire to represent her in the initial conservatorship proceedings in 2008. Streisand says that Spears specifically did not want her father to be in charge of her conservatorship. (Jamie Spears had not been a consistent presence in his daughter’s life at that point, according to the documentary. One record executive recalls him saying, “My daughter’s going to be so rich, she’s going to buy me a boat.”) Streisand also says the judge in the case denied him the opportunity to represent Spears, citing a medical report which allegedly indicated she was not capable of retaining counsel on her own. “I still don’t know what is in that report,” Streisand says. “Framing Britney Spears” is the latest project to reconsider women once ridiculed and reviled because of their role in salacious scandals, such as Monica Lewinsky, Lorena Bobbitt and Paris Hilton. It asks us to ponder our collective complicity in the mockery and ***ist criticism to which Spears has been subjected. There are clips of a cruel segment from “Family Feud” (“name something that Britney Spears has lost in the last year”) and an ABC interview in which Diane Sawyer interrogates Spears about the end of her relationship to Justin Timberlake: “You caused him so much pain, so much suffering. What did you do?” The breakup marked a turning point in the media’s coverage of Spears and the beginning of a nasty backlash that continued during her ill-fated marriage to Kevin Federline. Spears had the misfortune of breaking down as the vulturous tabloid culture of the mid-aughts reached its peak when a lucky paparazzo could make hundreds of thousands of dollars off a single celebrity snapshot. “There was just that invisible line that seemed to exist then that nobody knew how to handle,” says Spears’ former stylist, Hayley Hill, in the documentary. “And nobody knew how to tell her how to handle.” Since then, supporters have regularly picketed at court proceedings and continue to parse Spears’ frequently inscrutable Instagram posts, looking for coded messages with the intensity of intelligence analysts. The #FreeBritney movement became a more central part of the documentary as Spears’ legal battle picked up last year. In a series of court filings, Spears began to actively fight her father’s role as her conservator for the first time since 2008. When her lawyer wrote that Spears “welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans,” #FreeBritney loyalists celebrated. “That was a huge thing to them,” Stark says, “because they felt all this validation, like, ‘You should have listened to us.’” In November, Spears won a small legal victory by having an outside company, Bessemer Trust, added as co-conservator of her estate. But her father retains partial control of her daily existence and Spears remains responsible for paying her lawyers, her conservator and her conservator’s lawyers — doling out more than $1 million in legal fees last year. “As long as it keeps going, all those people are making money,” says Stark. “Do they always have her best interest in mind? It’s hard to tell.” Source: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2021-02-05/framing-britney-spears-free-britney-fx-the-weekly
  21. https://mashable.com/article/framing-britney-spears-documentary-review.amp This is unsettling.
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