Britney Spears will not have to sit for a deposition her father Jamie’s legal team requested in the singer’s ongoing conservatorship case, a judge in the case ruled on Wednesday.
Jamie’s attorney Alex Weingarten last month called for the Grammy-winning singer, 40, to be filed over the ‘incendiary allegations of various factual matters’ that she had made via social media about Jamie’s actions at the head of the conservatorship.
The judge in the case said that Britney’s testimony is not necessary for Jaime to mount his defense, and that pertinent information relating to such can be gotten from separate witnesses, as well as documents, TMZ reported Wednesday after reviewing legal docs in the case.
The latest: Britney Spears, 40, will not have to sit for a deposition her father Jamie’s legal team requested in the singer’s ongoing conservatorship case, a judge in the case ruled on Wednesday. She was snapped in 2019 in LA
Jamie’s legal team said that he would not be able to effectively vindicate himself of allegations made by Britney and her lawyer Mathew Rosengart without deposing the pop singer.
Rosengart told the court that Britney has been traumatized by her father and his handling of the conservatorship for more than 10 years, and that a deposition would only add to the trauma she has experienced.
TMZ on Tuesday reported that Rosengart filed legal documents that state he will be going forward with documents, physical evidence and just Jamie’s testimony.
Rosengart insisted that Britney’s testimony would not be relevant to any legal proceeding and he will not call her as a witness if the case goes to trial as the fact she would not be called ‘eviscerates’ any reason why she would need to be deposed.
Under oath: Earlier this month, Jamie was ordered by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to take part in a deposition about his actions heading the conservatorship
Staying out of it: Britney Spears (pictured on Tuesday) will reportedly not be called to testify over allegations her father Jamie abused his position as conservator
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Jamie and Britney for comment.
The ongoing legal battle centers around Britney’s allegations that her father abused conservatorship regulations and stole from her when he was supposed to be managing her finances.
However, Britney’s attorney told the court that he felt that the move to push Britney into a deposition was ‘retaliatory’ and ‘abusing the legal process,’ amid an attempted probe of Jamie’s handling of funds and alleged surveillance of the singer.
The lawyer said the …Baby One More Time singer cannot testify to matters about the conservatorship since she was the one living under it, and that she would be traumatized again in facing questions about it.
Favorite hobby: As the news broke that Britney will not testify at trial, the singer shared yet another video of her dancing by herself inside her new $11.8M Calabasas mansion on Tuesday
Having fun! In it, Britney – who rocked a messy ponytail – flaunted her taut tummy in a cinched black T-shirt, red plaid shorts, and pastel sneakers
Rosengart, who has represented the Toxic artist since last year, suggested that Jamie’s legal team should either depose Jamie or Britney’s ex-business manager Lou Taylor for information on the arrangement.
Earlier this month, Jamie was ordered by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to take part in a deposition about his actions heading the conservatorship the pop star was under for more than 13 years.
Judge Brenda Penny ruled that Jamie, 70, must schedule a deposition by August 12 after he was previously served with notices to sit for a deposition from Britney’s lawyer and did not appear, Page Six reported.
Rosengart said in legal docs filed in May that Jamie had been ‘running and hiding’ from being deposited, and must account ‘for his misconduct – under oath – as required by law.’
Another issue heard before the court was Jamie’s request Britney’s estate cover his attorney’s fees in the wake of the termination of the conservatorship this past November.
After Jamie was dropped by his former legal team, he hired Weingarten at an hourly rate of around $1,200, Variety reported last year.
Rosengart told Page Six Jamie’s petition was ‘not only legally meritless’ but ‘an abomination’ under the circumstances of the case.
Obsessed! Spears captioned her hastily-edited clip with three rose emojis, indicating she’s still dreaming up the mysterious ‘Project Rose’
Dream team? On Monday it was reported that the Mississippi-born beauty secretly recorded a duet of the 1971 classic Tiny Dancer with legendary pop star Elton John (pictured in 2013)
‘Mr. Spears reaped many millions of dollars from Britney as a conservator, while paying his lawyers millions more, all from Britney’s work and hard-earned money,’ Rosengart said of the previous arrangement.
Jamie was loaned $40,000 in 2008 – just before the conservatorship started – by Lou Taylor’s organization Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group, the outlet reported, adding that Taylor’s attorney Charles Harder said that Jamie had ‘repaid’ the ‘small loan’ and that it had no impact on ‘Tri Star’s work for the estate in later years.’
The ongoing legal battle comes eight months after Britney was finally freed from the controversial legal conservatorship her father and a court-appointed guardian held over her for years.
As the news broke that Britney will not testify at trial, the singer shared yet another video of her dancing by herself inside her new $11.8M six-bedroom Calabasas mansion on Tuesday night.
The newlywed – who boasts 156.4M social media followers – posted a 30-second video of herself showing off her moves to pop rival Rihanna’s 2016 song Love on the Brain.
In it, Britney – who rocked a messy ponytail – flaunted her taut tummy in a cinched black T-shirt, red plaid shorts, and pastel sneakers.
Britney captioned her hastily-edited clip with three rose emojis, indicating she’s still dreaming up the mysterious ‘Project Rose.’
On Monday, Page Six reported that the Mississippi-born beauty secretly recorded a duet of the 1971 classic Tiny Dancer with legendary pop star Elton John in Beverly Hills last week.
The remix produced by Andrew Watt will reportedly be released by Universal Music next month.
‘They’ve already played it for people at their record label, and everybody is freaking out. It is so good,’ a music industry source told the site.
‘They are saying this is going to be the song of the summer. Britney is officially back. She’s back to work, and she’s super excited.’
Britney has shared two videos of herself singing a cappella – on July 15 and on December 22 – but she hasn’t released a full-blown record since her ninth studio album Glory back in 2016.
Spears will next portray a mystery role in Sam Levinson, Reza Fahim, and The Weeknd’s six-episode drama The Idol for HBO.
The former Mouseketeer also signed a $15M deal with Simon & Schuster in February to publish her tell-all memoir – according to Page Six.
‘I haven’t shared my voice in an extremely long time’: Britney has shared two videos of herself singing a cappella – on July 15 (pictured) and on December 22 – but she hasn’t released a full-blown record since her ninth studio album Glory back in 2016