The makers of 'Framing Britney Spears' have released 'Controlling Britney Spears’ Image Credit: Hulu

A security firm hired by Britney Spears’ father monitored the pop singer’s phone calls and text messages during the court-sanctioned conservatorship she has lived under since 2008, according to a New York Times documentary released on Friday.

In ‘Controlling Britney Spears’, Alex Vlasov, a former Black Box Security employee who said he worked with the singer’s team for nearly nine years, said the company “mirrored” the pop singer’s phone on an iPad by logging in to her iCloud account. A listening device also was placed in her bedroom, Vlasov said.

He told the filmmakers that he was asked to encrypt some of Spears’ text conversations so they could be sent to her father, Jamie Spears, and an employee of a business management firm he had hired.

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Jamie Spears and Britney Spears Image Credit: AP

When Vlasov questioned the monitoring, he said he was told that Britney Spears’ communications were reviewed “for her own security and protection” and that the court overseeing the conservatorship was “aware of it,” as was her attorney at the time. The monitoring included discussions between Britney Spears and her attorney, Sam Ingham, according to Vlasov.

Vivian Thoreen, an attorney for Jamie Spears, did not discuss specific allegations, but said that his actions “were well within the parameters of the authority conferred upon him by the court,” and “were done with knowledge and consent of Britney, her court-appointed attorney and/or the court.”

“Jamie’s record as conservator — and the court’s approval of his actions — speak for themselves,” Thoreen added, saying Jamie Spears had helped his daughter rehabilitate her career and improve her financial situation.

A lawyer for Black Box Security President Edan Yemini, in a statement shown in the documentary, said, “Mr. Yemini and Black Box have always conducted themselves within professional, ethical and legal bounds, and they are particularly proud of their work keeping Ms. Spears safe for many years.”

Free Britney movement

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Britney Spears is fighting to end the conservatorship, which Jamie Spears set up in 2008 to oversee his daughter’s personal affairs and roughly $60 million estate after she had a mental health breakdown. The ‘Stronger’ singer said in June that the arrangement was abusive and humiliating.

In a surprise move earlier in September, Jamie Spears said that he supported ending the conservatorship because circumstances had changed. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Spears’ new attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said in a statement that he would investigate the new allegations.

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Britney Spears with fiance Sam Asghari Image Credit: AP

“Intercepting or monitoring Britney’s communications, especially sacrosanct attorney-client communications, represents a shameful and shocking violation of her privacy and civil liberties,” the statement said. “Placing a listening device in Britney’s bedroom would be particularly disgraceful.”

‘Controlling Britney Spears’ was released Friday night on the FX cable network and on Hulu. It follows a documentary by the same filmmakers, called ‘Framing Britney Spears’, which debuted in February and helped spark new interest in the case.

It is currently unclear whether the documentary will be available in the UAE.

Another documentary in the works

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Britney Spears had a series of breakdowns in the early 2000s Image Credit: X17online.com

Meanwhile, streaming giant Netflix is also jumping in on the Britney documentary bandwagon.

Ahead of pop singer’s next conservatorship hearing on September 29, streaming giant Netflix also unveiled a trailer of its ‘Britney vs. Spears’ documentary.

The trailer to the Netflix documentary opens up with Britney saying: “I just want my life back.”

“I’ve worked my whole life. I don’t owe these people anything,” Britney’s voiceover is heard saying in the clip.

The Netflix project, directed by filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, will also feature unidentified experts (one speaker whose name is provided is Adnan Ghalib, the paparazzo who became her boyfriend at the height of her struggles that brought about the conservatorship), reports Entertainment Weekly.