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‘Controlling Britney Spears’ Reveals the Pop Star and #FreeBritney Supporters Were Spied On Relentlessly

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It’s less than a week before Britney Spears is set to appear in front of a Los Angeles judge, where she’s expected to once again plead with the court to dissolve her “traumatizing” 13-year conservatorship, and at the very least, remove her father Jamie Spears from having any say over her life anymore.

In June, the 39-year-old issued a heartbreaking plea to the judge, detailing how nearly every facet of her life has been dictated by the conservatorship, claiming that her team decided when she could see her two sons, made her work against her will, and refused to allow her to marry her boyfriend or have more children.

Shedding more light on how controlling Spears’ management team could be is The New York Times Presents’ documentary Controlling Britney Spears, which aired Friday night on FX and Hulu. The follow-up comes months after the teams’ bombshell doc Framing Britney Spears, which helped spark massive interest in Spears’ case.

“I’ve never spoken about what we witnessed,” Tish Yates, Spears’ former head of wardrobe from 2008-2010 and 2013-2018, says. “You know, we signed those NDAs, and it has been hard to come forward knowing that there are people in her management that could stop me from making a living. But this is important, and this is a human life that has been tortured.”

And Alex Vlasov, who worked for nearly a decade as part of Spears’ wider security team, claims that Spears’ cell phone was being constantly monitored, including her browsing history, photographs, text messages, and phone calls. (It is potentially illegal in California to mirror someone’s communications without the consent of both parties.)

“Ethically, it was one big mess,” he says. “It really reminded me of somebody that was in prison, and security was put in a position to be the prison guards, essentially.”

Vlasov claims that his boss Edan Yemini, the president of Black Box Security, would routinely ask him to........

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