Britney Spears’ Home Was Bugged and Phone Was Monitored, Documentary Says

A new documentary about Britney Spears’ conservatorship includes accounts from those close to the situation, who claim Spears’ phone was being monitored and her home was bugged, the Los Angeles Times reports

Controlling Britney Spears, the New York Times’ follow up to February’s Framing Britney Spears, includes more information from witnesses who felt compelled to speak up after hearing Spears herself tell a judge that her conservatorship was “abusive.”

“Britney speaking out in court was really the game changer, in terms of people saying they’re willing to break an NDA, or they felt it was important to speak,” producer Liz Day told Variety.

Those who spoke in the new installment include people closely involved in her security and her tour management, according to the Times. Alex Vlasov, a former executive assistant and cybersecurity manager at Black Box alleges that his company “mirrored” Spears’ phone on an iPad and used a listening device in her bedroom.

“Ethically it was just one big mess,” Vlasov said.

Vlasov also reportedly mentions in the doc that Black Box—Spears’ longtime security company—“heavily investigated” the Free Britney movement “in its early days” to identify fans involved in the movement. The doc is now available to stream on both FX and Hulu.

Netflix’s long-awaited Britney vs. Spears also arrives later this month, hitting the streaming service on Sept. 28. 

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