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Britney Spear's Business Manager Implicated

July 5, 2022
Page Six, The Hollywood Reporter
The context
Britney Spears might be a free woman, but the truth of the conservatorship she was subjected to is still unraveling. The pop star's attorney exposed her former business manager's involvement in the conservatorship scheme.
Britney Spear's Business Manager Implicated

Exposed via email

  • New emails have surfaced, which are part of an ongoing case by Matthew Rosengart, who represents Spears against her former business manager Lou Taylor.
  • The emails show correspondence between Lou Taylor and Jaime Spears' then-attorneys before the conservatorship was issued.
  • The correspondences also show that Taylor, who is part of Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group, and Spears and his lawyers, who controlled Britney's finances, worked together to find a judge who would sign off on giving the power to force Britney to take "psychotropic" drugs.
  • Tri Star allegedly made $18 million off the conservatorship, contrary to Taylor's claims in 2021 that Tri Star had no role in Britney's conservatorship.
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More to come?

  • The emails also show that Tri Star agreed to be a part of the star's conservatorship management team alongside Andrew Wallet, who Jamie Spears hired to manage Britney's finances.
  • Tri Star loaned $40,000 to Jamie Spears just before the conservatorship was issued.
  • Britney Spears's attorney requested more information about whether Tri Star financially benefitted and contributed to the maintenance of the conservatorship, so more information about Tri Star's role could be forthcoming.
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Unprecedented

  • Suspending a sitting coach is an unprecedented move by the NBA.
  • Udoka joined the Celtics before the 2021-2022 season and led them all the way to the finals. He previously worked with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, and Brooklyn Nets.
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Leadership speaks out

  • The leadership of the Boston Celtics revealed that an outside law firm had conducted the investigation into Udoka's violation of team policies and that the decision to suspend him was made based on those findings.
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Guilty verdict

  • R. Kelly was convicted last summer in New York of sex crimes against minors. He was convicted again today by a jury in Chicago.
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New developments

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Lyft has frozen hiring in the U.S., a surprising move for the company that is expected to last until next year.
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Lyft has frozen hiring in the U.S., a surprising move for the company that is expected to last until next year.
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Pause button

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The context
A hacker accessed the media company, Fast Company and used its access to send a push notification through Apple News to users that contained racist and offensive language.
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The context
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  • The push notifications came from Fast Company's Apple News account.
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Not good news

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