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Britney Spears’ lawyer says he subpoenaed trade manager over payments

  • After Friday’s hearing, Rosengart told reporters he issued two subpoenas to Tri Star Entertainment.
  • Tri Star worked as Britney Spears’ business manager for part of her tutorship.
  • In previous court statements, Rosengart said Tri Star had already been overpaid by $ 200,000.

Britney Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said one of the pop star’s former management companies, Tri Star, refused to answer questions about payments received during his tenure as trustees. Speaking to reporters after Friday’s hearing (in which Spears’ guardianship was formally terminated), Rosengart said he issued subpoenas to Tri Star.

“I have also received questions about Britney Spears’ commercial director, Tri Star, and my comments will be brief,” said Rosengart. “All I will say for this is this: We were forced to issue two subpoenas to Tri Star Sports and Entertainment because they did not want to cooperate voluntarily with Britney Spears.”

He continued, “Rather than voluntarily complying with these subpoenas, Tri Star refused and they filed a motion to remove these subpoenas and remove the information Britney Spears requested. The most notable question that we are asked on behalf of Britney, of Tri Star, is this, a very simple question: How much money did you withdraw from the estate? How much did you receive from the estate?

Rosengart ended his statement by saying that he “is not drawing any conclusions at this time” but that anyone listening could draw their own “inference” as to why Tri Star declined to answer this question.

Lawyers representing Lou Taylor, who founded Tri Star, and Tri Star did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Britney Spears, with her blonde hair in a ponytail, wearing a sleeveless blue sparkly two-piece outfit.

Singer Britney Spears attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Spears Guardianship was established in 2008, and Jamie appointed Taylor’s firm, Tri Star, as the commercial director of his daughter’s estate in 2009, first for the Circus Tour and then, in 2010, for the domain itself. Taylor’s company discontinued Spears account in November 2020, according to court documents obtained by Los Angeles magazine.

In an August court file reviewed by Insider, Rosengart said Jamie Spears approved payments to Tri Star that exceeded the company’s owing amount.

“In December 2019, Mr. Spears inexplicably approved a payment to Tri Star of over $ 300,000 above the roughly $ 200,000 that was supposed to be payable to Tri Star at the time,” Rosengart wrote. “This payment of $ 300,000 was not due to additional duties or work performed by Tri Star.”

A hearing is currently scheduled for January 19, at which time the finances and charges to the financial estate of Spears will be discussed.

At Friday’s dismissal hearing, lawyer for Rosengart and temporary financial conservator John Zabel asked the court to ensure that Tri Star’s lawyer could also show up on the January 19 court date. , marking one of the first times Rosengart mentioned the company in court.

By the Jan. 19 hearing, Zabel is allowed to prepare trust documents for Britney Spears’ estate and transfer assets out of her trust, under a termination plan filed in court on Friday by Rosengart, Zabel and former curator Jodi Montgomery.