Britney SpearsThe attorney claims the singer’s former business manager, Tri Star Sports and Entertainment, played a “substantial role” in establishing her 13-year conservatorship and was awarded at least $18 million for it.
In a new repository obtained by The Hollywood ReporterSpears’ legal representative, Mathew Rosengart, claims that Tri Star and its employees, including founder Louise “Lou” Taylor and Robin Greenhill – who served on the singer’s business management team from 2008 to 2020 – were directly involved in facilitating guardianship.
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The company and Greenhill, who was hired by Spears’ father and former curator, Jamie, have previously said they had no role in the process.
“Contrary to Tri Star’s public position and Ms. Greenhill’s November 4, 2021 affidavit in which she stated that “as of early 2008, Tri Star had no role in Ms. Spears’ affairs”, Tri Star’s own internal emails (obtained from a third party) demonstrate that Tri Star’s Lou Taylor played a significant role in Ms. Spears’ affairs before and at the start of the conservatorship, “in early 2008” “, indicates the file.
The legal documents refer to a series of emails allegedly sent between Taylor, Jamie and his lawyer, Geraldine Wyle, regarding the establishment of the conservatorship, which took place in February 2008. (Jamie was removed from his position from Britney’s Tory in September 2021.) In one of those alleged emails, sent by Taylor on January 17, 2008, it is written that Andrew Wallet, appointed to help the singer’s father manage her estate, and Tri Star “would serve as co” with Jamie.
The filing also claims that Taylor was “a close friend of Mr. Spears, to whom Mr. Spears then owed at least $40,000”, and that QuickBooks software provided to investigative consultant Kroll Associates, indicates that “Mr. Spears and Tri Star got more than $6 million and $18 million from Ms. Spears’ estate, respectively.
Kroll was hired by Rosengart to investigate Tri Star’s conduct in regards to guardianship of the singer.
“Tri Star, Lou Taylor and Robin Greenhill all denied that Tri Star had any involvement in creating the conservatorship, no doubt aware that such involvement – soon after providing the generous loan to Mr Spears – would challenge question not only the exorbitant fees paid to Tri Star over the years, but also the grounds for placing Ms. Spears in 13-year conservatorship in the first place,” Rosengart wrote in the filing.
In a statement provided to The Hollywood ReporterTri Star legal representative Scott Edelman called the allegations in the 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,” Edelman said. “In fact, Tri Star wasn’t even the business manager of guardianship when it was founded. Handpicked email snippets can’t change the facts, that’s why this nonsense will end once and for all. all when the files are unsealed.
Rosengart’s latest filing is in response to Tri Star’s motion to quash a request from Britney’s legal team asking Tri Star and Greenhill to comply with subpoenas for depositions and documents. In a letter to Edelman included in the objection to the motion, dated November 2, 2021, Rosengart asked the company to provide the total fees it took from Britney and/or her estate between 2008 and present. . A copy of any business management agreement between Tri Star and Britney or her estate was also requested.
The communication addresses that former Britney business executives failed to provide financial information to the pop singer, as well as failing to produce both placement-related emails and text messages listening devices in Britney’s bedroom, iCloud mirroring of phones used by the singer, and income received or deducted from Britney and/or her estate.
Rosengart claims that Tri Star failed to provide the requested information for more than six weeks from a Sept. 15 communication sent by Rosengart on the grounds that Tri Star has “no fiduciary duty” to provide the requested information.
THR contacted Jamie Spears’ attorney, Alex Weingarten.
The next court hearing is scheduled for July 13.