Louise “Lou” Taylor, a former business manager of Britney Spears, was a “close friend” of Spears’ father and played a direct role in creating the pop star’s conservatorship in 2008, the singer’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, alleges in a new court filing. Taylor, her company and a business associate have previously denied the allegation.
Jamie Spears, the singer’s father, was also indebted to Taylor’s company, Rosengart noted in the documents, for a $40,000 loan before Spears took his famous daughter into conservatorship and hired Taylor’s Tri Star Sports & Entertainment to manage it. business affairs.
The case lands in battle lines the lawyer staked out last November, after Spears was released from the legal arrangement that had restricted her personal autonomy for more than 13 years.
“The most notable question we asked on behalf of Britney from [her former business managers at] Tri Star is the following very simple question: How much money did you take out of the estate? How much money did you receive from the estate? They refused to answer that question,” Rosengart said last fall outside a downtown Los Angeles courthouse the day Spears won her freedom.
Now there is a possible answer.
“Mr. Spears and Tri Star obtained more than $6 million and $18 million, respectively, from Ms. Spears’ estate” during the conservatorship, said a third-party investigator whose findings were cited in documents filed Friday. in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The documents also show the struggle Britney Spears’ legal team is facing as they try to obtain documents from Tri Star and former business manager Robin Greenhill, who were allegedly involved in surveillance efforts. singer who were featured in a December survey by the New York Times. Rosengart also wants to depose Jamie Spears on Britney’s behalf – an effort resisted by the premiere’s legal team.
Tri Star has decided to rescind or rescind the subpoenas requesting this information.
The Times has contacted Jamie Spears’ attorney, Alex Weingarten, for comment.
Among the emails revealed in Rosengart’s filing was one from Taylor to Jamie Spears on January 17, 2008, in which she wrote that attorney Andrew Wallet “and the triple star will serve as co[-conservator]’sw you. Wallet had been appointed to help Jamie Spears manage his daughter’s estate.
Additionally, on January 30, 2008, Jamie Spears’ attorney, Geraldine Wyle, emailed Taylor and copied her client, saying, “We’ve had a problem with our judge selection” because the judge who was available sooner would “not give Jamie the authority to administer mind-altering drugs to B. Wyle indicated that the ‘safe’ first day to be in court would be the first day the judge wasn’t there.”
Britney Spears’ conservatorship became official on February 1, 2008, after she was hospitalized twice in January for psychiatric evaluations. While Taylor and Tri Star offered their input later that year on the singer’s “Circus” tour, they didn’t officially become business owners until January 2010.
Scott Edelman, an attorney for Tri Star, called Rosengart’s filing “materially misleading.”
“As all the evidence makes very clear, the conservatorship was put in place on the recommendation of legal counsel, not Tri Star, and approved by the Court for over 12 years. … Handpicked snippets of emails cannot change the facts, which is why this nonsense will end once and for all when the records are unsealed,” Edelman said in a statement provided to The Times.
Rosengart wrote in his filing that “Tri Star, Lou Taylor and Robin Greenhill all denied that Tri Star had any involvement in creating the trusteeship, no doubt aware that such involvement – soon after granting the generous loan to Mr. Spears – would call into question not only the exorbitant fees paid to Tri Star over the years, but also the motives for placing Ms. Spears in 13-year conservatorship in the first place.
Rosengart then cited sworn testimony from Greenhill and Taylor’s communications with the media, all denying such involvement.
The “generous loan” he referred to was one Taylor’s company gave to Jamie Spears around the time Britney Spears was first hospitalized. It was for “at least $40,000,” Rosengart wrote in his filing, “a substantial sum of money in 2008, especially for a man with a history of financial mismanagement, including bankruptcy, defaults mortgages, state and federal tax liens, and bankrupt businesses.