Over the weekend Controlling Britney Spears arrived on Hulu as a follow-up to the New York Times’ Framing Britney Spears documentary that debuted earlier this year. The new documentary sheds light on new allegations related to Britney Spears’ conservatorship.
The new film examines the ways in which the global superstar was treated by her father and sole conservator, Jamie Spears. One of Brit’s former security personnel of Black Box Security shared a first-hand account of what it was like working on her team.
Alex Vlasov claimed that Jamie, security guard, Edan Yemini, and Robin Greenhill, a prominent member of Britney’s management team at Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group, bugged the singer’s home and phone to surveil all of her movement. Additionally, it is alleged that Jamie, Yemini, and Greenhill offered Britney an iPhone that would sync all of her movements and activity onto a separate iCloud account.
In the documentary, Vlasov explained, “Britney wanted to get an iPhone … and that was a big deal. Everybody was worried.” The former security team member backed up his allegations with previous emails, texts, and audio recordings.
Vlasov continued, “My boss Edan Yemini approached me and asked me, ‘Is there any monitoring services for an iPhone that you are aware of?’ And I’m like, ‘What do you mean?’ And he’s like, ‘Well, parental controls. Is there any way you can put parental controls on an iPhone?' And that’s when Edan explained to me that Britney’s communication is monitored for her own security and protection."
The former security team member noted that Greenhill came up with the idea of tracking Spears, noting, “Robin came up with the idea of, ‘Why don’t we just take an iPad, sign in with an iCloud account on there, the same iCloud that Britney would use on her phone, and that would mirror all activity?’ You would be able to see all messages, all FaceTime calls, notes, browser history, photographs.”
Vlasov admitted that Black Box Security planted an “audio recording device” in Britney’s room, which captured 180 hours of audio of Spears’ conversations with her now-fiancé, Sam Asghari, and her sons, Jayden James, and Sean Preston.
Vlasov has since left Black Box Security and summed up his experience with the Popstar, saying, “It really reminded me of somebody that was in prison….and security was put in a position to be the prison guards essentially."
Since the debut of the new documentary, Britney’s fiancé, Asghari, has revealed his thoughts about yet another film that discloses the allegedly grim circumstances of Spears’ 13-year conservatorship.
On Instagram stories, Asghari wrote, “Apparently my opinion has increased in value over the last few days. Past docs left bad aftertaste. I'm hopeful this one will be respectful. I don't blame CNN, BBC, or NETFLIX got me thru lockdowns for airing them because as an actor I tell other peoples stories too.”
Additionally, Brit’s soon-to-be husband shared wariness about Controlling Britney Spears, posting, “I question producers who made them ‘just to shed light’ without input or approval from subject. Any credit for light being shed should go to #freebritney.”
The “Free Britney” movement has drastically moved the needle when it comes to the terms of Britney’s conservatorship. Most recently, Jamie stepped down as his daughter’s conservator and asked the courts to consider ending the conservatorship altogether.
The conservatorship will be reviewed in court on September 29 and could lead to a landmark triumph for Britney.