Despite denying any involvement with Britney Spears’ conservatorship, the pop star’s former business manager, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group, was directly involved in creating the legal settlement, according to new court documents filed by Spears’ attorney.
The filing claims that Tri Star received at least $18 million from the guardianship. Tri Star and its founder, Lou Taylor, served as the superstar’s business managers from 2008 to 2020.
The company was hired by the singer’s father, jamie spearsaround the time he placed his daughter under guardianship.
The elder Spears was the singer’s guardian for most of the 13-year legal arrangement, before the court suspended him last September, before the guardianship ended entirely in November.
Previously, Tri Star has said it was not involved in Spears’ conservatorship. But now, a new court filing from Spears’ attorney, Matthew Rosengart, says Tri Star and her employees, Taylor and Robin Greenhill, were intimately involved in facilitating the conservatorship.
The legal documents reference emails, purportedly sent by Taylor, regarding the conservatorship.
“Tri Star, Lou Taylor and Robin Greenhill have denied that Tri Star was involved in the creation of the conservatorship,” Rosengart’s document states, referring to an affidavit from Greenhill that read: “At the time the conservatorship was established conservatorship … by this Court in early 2008, Tri Star had no role in the affairs of Ms. Spears.”
The filing also references media interviews in which Tri Star denied involvement in the conservatorship.
“These denials by Tri Star and their representatives are false,” Rosengart writes. He also claims that Tri Star received “over $18 million from the conservatorship he helped create.”
Scott Edelman, an attorney for the Tri Star, offered a response to the claims Saturday morning.
“This is materially misleading. As all the evidence makes clear, the conservatorship was established on the recommendation of legal counsel, not Tri Star, and was approved by the Court over 12 years,” Edelman wrote.
“In fact, Tri Star wasn’t even the business manager of the conservatorship when it was established. Selected excerpts from the emails cannot change the facts, so this nonsense will end once and for all when the records open.”
Rosengart has publicly pledged to fully investigate Tri Star. His firm hired PI’s firm Kroll to conduct an investigation into the company’s conduct, in addition to his father’s.
In the new filing, emails obtained by Kroll show communications that were allegedly sent between Taylor, Spears’ father, and his former attorney, Geraldine Wyle. The emails indicate that Wyle was in communication with Taylor before the conservatorship was established in February 2008.
“[Andrew Wallet] and Tri Star will serve as companions [with] you,” Taylor allegedly wrote in an email to Spears’s father on January 17, 2008, stating that she had spoken with Wyle and his co-counsel. “I look forward to working with you,” Taylor wrote to Wyle.
On January 30, 2008, Wyle reportedly wrote an email to Taylor, which read: “We’ve had a problem with [the] judge selection… the only judge who will be able to hear our case on Friday is the drug judge [sic] that will not give Jamie the power to administer psychotropic drugs” to Britney Spears.
The emails referenced in the filing seem to indicate that Taylor wanted to co-curate. In an alleged February 2008 email, Taylor wrote, “I’m the right person for this.”
“I have fought for Jamie for 3 years, prayed and fasted with him every week and my life has changed dramatically because of this determination,” Taylor allegedly wrote in a 2008 email.
Variety has reached out to Charles Harder, an attorney for Tri Star, for comment on Rosengart’s filing and to verify the authenticity of referenced emails that were allegedly sent by his client, Taylor.
He also claims that Tri Star received “over $18 million from the conservatorship he helped create
Rosengart has been fighting Tri Star since Spears hired him as her attorney in the summer of 2021. He has accused the company of “obstructing” his attempts to obtain information for his client. In this new filing, Rosengart states that the reason Tri Star is uncooperative is because they were directly involved in creating the conservatorship, despite saying otherwise.
Spears’ father and Tri Star have been the subject of damning accusations by the singer, who has said they abused her and profited financially from her during her conservatorship.
A New York Times report alleged that the star was under surveillance by a security detail hired by her father and that Tri Star was involved in monitoring the singer’s phone. At the time, a Tri Star attorney told the Times, “These allegations are not true.”
Last week, an attorney for Spears’ father, Alex Weingarten, filed an affidavit denying any knowledge that his adult daughter’s private bedroom was broken into or authorizing surveillance of the pop star.
“I am aware of Britney’s attorney’s allegation that a listening device or ‘bug’ was placed in her bedroom for surveillance during conservatorship. This allegation is false,” Spears’ father’s statement states.
“I never conducted or authorized any surveillance of Britney’s bedroom at any time, including during conservatorship. I am not aware of any such surveillance occurring.”
Variety has reached out to Weingarten for additional comment on the July 1 filing, regarding Tri Star’s involvement in the conservatorship.
While the surveillance allegations have largely focused on Spears’ father and the security team he allegedly hired, Tri Star has been at the center of numerous allegations of financial mismanagement.
In December 2021, Tri Star was later the subject of an exhibition at the New York Timestitled “Britney Spears Felt Trapped. Her Business Manager Profited”, raising financial questions about Tri Star founder Lou Taylor and whether he unduly enriched himself from the singer’s earnings while he was her manager.
In the Times piece, both Taylor and Jamie Spears denied any wrongdoing through lawyers.
Taylor’s attorney, Harder, said Tri Star “faithfully served the estate” and helped Spears build an estimated $60 million fortune, which he said “is a success by any measure.”
Now, in this new filing, Rosengart claims that, through its role in Spears’ conservatorship, Tri Star not only benefited from at least $18 million of Spears’s estate, but also “built its company on the back of Spears.” Britney Spears”, which now represents the stars. from the Kardashian family to Travis Scott.
“Despite her integral role at the time the conservatorship was established, despite obtaining at least $18 million from Britney Spears while she was a ward, and despite building her brand on the name of Ms. Spears and her incredible talent and hard work…when Tri Star’s undersigned attorney informally requested basic guardianship information from an attorney in late 2021…Tri Star, like Mr. Spears, chose to obstruct and obfuscate,” he writes Rosengart.
More than seven months after the pop star’s conservatorship ended, their legal battle rages on. In addition to this new presentation related to Tri Star, Rosengart also continues to fight his father.
The elder Spears recently requested that his daughter be deposed in order to address his social media posts in which he has made claims about his behavior towards her during conservatorship.
Rosengart criticized that request, claiming in a filing this week that his client’s father is seeking “revenge” through a “false statement” while avoiding his own statement.
The next hearing, which is expected to address all of these issues, is set for July 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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