Jamie Spears is submitting paperwork to compel a deposition from his daughter, Britney Spears. Based on new courtroom docs obtained by ET, Jamie’s legal professionals declare that Britney shouldn’t be solely dodging a deposition however stands to make $15 million from an upcoming tell-all book about her conservatorship and the very issues Jamie’s legal professionals declare Britney is refusing to speak about in courtroom.
Based on Jamie’s legal professionals, “Britney’s counsel has no reputable authorized foundation to object to Britney’s deposition,” including that the 40-year-old pop star has testified in courtroom beforehand on this case and he or she “continues to make public social media posts containing incendiary allegations of assorted factual issues.”
“Britney’s personal publicly-posted Instagram posts geared toward Jamie and shortly to be publicly-published ebook instantly contradict Britney’s counsel’s declare that Britney has no admissible proof and that her testimony shouldn’t be moderately calculated to result in the invention of admissible proof,” Jamie’s authorized staff argued.
Moreover, Jamie’s counsel says that the 69-year-old has a “proper to arrange his case and depose Britney” as she is making “inflammatory and unsubstantiated claims in opposition to him” in a few of her Instagram posts.
“Jamie has a proper to arrange his case and depose Britney (simply because the Court docket of Attraction already present in one other case the place Britney was a celebration) as she is the person making inflammatory and unsubstantiated claims in opposition to him. Britney’s testimony is instantly related, moderately calculated to result in the invention of admissible proof, and nicely throughout the correct scope of discovery… Britney’s counsel has achieved nothing to fulfill the excessive burden to indicate good trigger to ban Britney’s deposition,” Jamie’s legal professionals declare within the docs.
Whereas Jamie’s authorized staff claims that Britney is avoiding testifying as a result of it might contain delving into “emotionally tough matters,” they are saying it’s one thing she can not keep away from and are matters she is already speaking about on Instagram and in her upcoming tell-all ebook, which the “Generally” singer reportedly penned a deal for again in February.
“Britney can not keep away from testifying as a witness as a result of her testimony could delve into emotionally tough matters…Even a displaying of some impression on Britney’s well being shouldn’t be a bar to her deposition in its entirety,” Jamie’s counsel stated earlier than citing the ebook. “That Britney can converse in regards to the very points she publicly raises (together with to money a $15 million cheque) however out of the blue can be “unduly burdened” by the litigation her counsel initiated is ridiculous.”
Based on Jamie’s legal professionals, they are saying Jamie has supplied “a number of occasions” since January to be deposed, and requested that he and Britney be scheduled to offer their depositions throughout the identical week to make it truthful, however claims that Britney’s counsel wouldn’t conform to that association.
With no choice left, they are saying that Jamie is looking for the intervention of the courtroom. A courtroom date for the movement has been set for July 13.
Jamie’s movement to compel a deposition from his daughter comes only a month after Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, filed a motion to compel a deposition from him.
Within the docs, Britney’s lawyer claims that Jamie’s deposition was initially seen on Oct. 20, and stated that his shopper’s father has since been issued two subsequent notices, however hasn’t agreed to “quite a few” proposed dates or supplied any potential dates of his personal.
The docs moreover allege that Britney’s authorized staff has supplied Jamie’s legal professionals the choice to conduct the deposition in Los Angeles, Louisiana, or another metropolis within the nation with an appropriate facility, all to no response from Jamie or his legal professionals.
“Mr. Spears can run, however he can not endlessly conceal from his authorized and fiduciary obligations. His stonewalling and obfuscation should not cease the reality from coming to gentle; it has solely required that the events expend pointless sources in a protracted battle to acquire his compliance,” the docs learn. “However, after utilizing his daughter’s cash for greater than 13 years to fund his authorized charges and bills, for the primary time, Mr. Spears will now must pay his personal authorized charges.”
Due to Jamie’s alleged failure to indicate up or schedule a deposition, Britney’s lawyer argues, “It’s evident that Mr. Spears won’t voluntarily sit for his deposition and that he should be compelled to take action.”
“Regardless of his demonstrably false claims that he has ‘nothing to cover’ and would subsequently ‘conceal nothing,’ James P. Spears has been working and hiding from his deposition and accounting for his misconduct — beneath oath — as required by regulation,” the docs learn, moreover claiming that Jamie has “engaged in stonewalling and obstruction — for over six months — dodging his deposition and repeatedly failing to answer easy requests for fundamental info.”
The docs moreover allege that Jamie has failed “to provide communications in regards to the surprising digital surveillance equipment set as much as spy on his daughter,” together with info that Jamie allegedly obtained by “putting a bug in his daughter’s bed room.” The docs argue that, as a suspended conservator, Jamie is “legally required to provide all such electronic mail and textual content message communications.”
When allegations that Jamie had bugged Britney’s bed room first emerged, Jamie’s legal professionals told The New York Times, “All of his actions had been nicely throughout the parameters of the authority conferred upon him by the courtroom. His actions had been achieved with the information and consent of Britney, her court-appointed lawyer, and/or the courtroom. Jamie’s report as conservator — and the courtroom’s approval of his actions — converse for themselves.”
The docs conclude by arguing that Jamie has “no legitimate authorized grounds on which to refuse to seem for his deposition.”
ET has reached out to each Jamie and Britney’s legal professionals for remark.
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