The new documentary ‘Controlling Britney Spears’, made by The New York Times reveals more shocking allegations against Britney’s dad Jaimie Spears. A former security company employee alleged that Mr. Spears had a listening device installed in his daughter’s bedroom and had monitoring access over her text messages, phone calls, and even internet browsing history.
Alex Vlasov, the 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.
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.
Vlasov claimed that he was one day approached with a request from Yemini to wipe a USB drive consisting of the recordings.
“They seemed very nervous, that nobody could ever know about this and that’s why I need to delete everything on it so there’s no record,” Vlasov claimed.
Not wanting to be “complicit” of any potential crimes made by Black Box, Vlasov said he kept a copy.
“I don’t think it was a coincidence that days before she was meant to meet with a court investigator,” he added.
Vlasov’s testimony in the documentary also included an email thread he was forwarded from his boss which showed Britney’s former conservatorship lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, requesting that no one other than Britney could access her calls, texts, and voicemails. A lawyer for Jamie responded saying Jamie would have no access.
To this day, Vlasov said he’s unaware of the court overseeing Britney’s conservatorship case is aware of her communications being monitored and her conversations at home being recorded. Once Vlasov began questioning Black Box’s practices, he alleges that Yemini took out his gun and placed it on his desk in front of Vlasov.
“So you don’t like how I run my business?” Vlasov claimed Yemini asked him. Yemini has denied the incident happened.
Yemini also declined to answer questions about his firm’s work with Britney, citing client confidentiality. In a statement, his lawyer said, “Mr. Yemini and Black Box have always conducted themselves within professional, ethical and legal bounds, and they are particularly proud of their work in keeping Ms. Spears safe for many years.”