Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has accused her of defaming him on social media and wants her to be deposed under oath over her posts.
Jamie’s attorney, Alex Weingarten, stated in a filing Thursday that the “Toxic” singer should be forced to sit down for a deposition as she allegedly “continues to make public social media posts containing incendiary allegations of various factual matters,” Page Six reported.
Weingarten also wants Britney to speak under oath about statements her attorney, Mathew Rosengart, has made in public court filings and her own words in her June 23, 2021, and July 14, 2021, testimonies.
In response, Rosengart told Page Six Friday that Jamie had “impugned” his character “long ago” and accused the pop superstar’s father of trying to bully and intimidate her.
“Mr. Spears, who was ignominiously suspended by the Court in September, continues to disgrace himself, especially through this most-recent foolish and ill-advised filing, which is riddled with errors and falsehoods, as he himself knows,” the former federal prosecutor said.
He continued, “In addition to trying to bully his own daughter, he is now pathetically reduced to trying to intimidate her, while abusing the legal process and running and hiding from his own deposition. Anyone else would be ashamed by these tactics, but he and his representatives are truly shameless. In terms of ‘impugning his character,’ Mr. Spears did that to himself long ago.”
Both parties have been unsuccessful in scheduling a deposition, claiming that the other party is dodging their respective requests.
Weingarten’s latest filing included an email sent to Rosengart’s firm on Jan. 26, agreeing to conduct Jamie’s deposition in early March if Spears could do the same on consecutive days or at least the same week. Rosengart responded on March 2, rejecting the request because they believe that “there is no legitimate, good faith basis” for taking Britney’s deposition.
“To the contrary, your client’s stated ‘intention’ to take our client’s deposition is, in our view and under the law, but another tactic to bully, harass and intimidate his daughter—his own daughter,” Rosengart wrote in his response to Weingarten’s email.
Weingarten argued Thursday that since Britney’s lawyer refused to provide dates for her deposition and repeatedly stated she would not sit for a deposition without a court order, Jamie’s attorney is seeking intervention from the court.
Britney’s father, who was accused of taking advantage of her funds and spying on her, was suspended as her conservator in September last year. Her conservatorship was terminated a month later after 13 years.
Jamie, Britney’s mother Lynne and her siblings Jamie Lynn and Bryan reportedly did not get invitations when the pop star wed her husband Sam Asghari on June 9.
Despite the wedding snub, Lynne sent her well-wishes to her newlywed daughter by commenting on her Instagram post featuring some wedding photos.
“You look radiant and so happy!” Lynne wrote. “Your wedding is the ‘Dream’ wedding! And having it at your home makes it so sentimental and special! I am soooo happy for you! I love you!”