7 Most Surprising Claims From The Controlling Britney Spears Doc
1. Britney’s phone was reportedly monitored
In The New York Times Presents: “Controlling Britney Spears,” published on Hulu and FX September 24, 2021, Alex Vlasov, a former Black Box Security employee who said he worked with the star’s team for nearly nine years, said Britney had an application for an iPhone that he claimed was later heavily monitored. He said an employee of the Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group Robin Greenhill, a member of Britney’s management team, came up with the idea of using an iPad logged into the same iCloud that the pop star used on her iPhone. This would allow others to see all of their messages, Facetime calls, notes, browsing history, and photos.
According to the documentary, an attorney for Tri Star Sports & Entertainment said all allegations regarding Robin and Tri Star founder Lou Taylor were false.
“Edan brought me text messages from conversations Britney was having and he would ask me to encrypt those messages and give them to him so that he could pass them on to Robin and Jamie,” claimed Alex. “They talked openly about monitoring them. Their reason for monitoring was to look for ill influence, to look for possible illegal activity. But they also monitored conversations with their friends, with their mother, with their lawyer Sam Ingham. “
Alex said that in 2019, after Britney went to a mental health facility, her security team was asked to prepare an iPhone for her “that could only be used on the phone.”
In the documentary, Alex showed off an email allegedly forwarded by Edan that Britney’s attorney at the time, Sam, allegedly sent to two lawyers representing Jamie while also indicting Edan, the singer’s current co-restorer. Jodi Montgomery, and Jodi’s lawyer.
Sam states in the email, the date of which does not appear, that the singer asked him to tell her father and security that she would like to keep her old phone and that she is requesting a new one as well. Britney’s attorney added that for each new phone he needed written confirmation that no one but the singer could access the data. An alleged response from one of Jamie’s attorneys is shown stating that Britney’s father “confirms that he has no access to her calls, voicemails and text messages”.