britney spears assistant, security member and tour manager speaking in another FX and New York Times Documentary Installment “Controlling Britney Spears” (Streaming now on Hulu).
Earlier this month Spears’ father, James “Jamie” Spears, Petition filed to end the stereotype of the daughter that he has controlled at least partially for the past 13 years. The move was a dramatic change by Jamie Spears, who has argued in court documents for years that her daughter was not ready to be released from guardianship.
Documentary streaming on Hulu comes as many other media outlets, including CNN and Netflix, Ahead of the upcoming September 29 hearing, Spears has announced her own programming around To end the stereotype. The New York Times’ first investigative look at the stereotype, “Framing Britney,” sparked conversation across the country.
“The first rule of conservation was that you don’t talk about guardianship,” Spears’ circus tour manager Dan George said in the documentary.
“Controlling Britney” includes interviews revealing private details of Spears’ life, which is now a very public custodian. Here are some of the biggest revelations.
Security Monitoring Spears’ iPhone Via iPad
Alex Vlasov talks about his tenure as a member of Spears’ security team, which ran from 2012 to 2021. To provide round-the-clock security for Spears, her father hired Black Box Security, led by Aidan Yemini.
Vlasov recalled that Spears wanted an iPhone under guardianship.
“She saw that her assistants also had iPhones, Dancer, Team, Aidan (Yemini), and she wanted an iPhone,” says Vlasov. “Everyone was worried.”
The concerns came from security concerns, according to Vlasov, who recalls Yemini asking if the iPhones come with “parental controls.” Vlasov said Robin Greenhill, a member of Spears’ business management team, got the idea to monitor her phone with an iPad, which matches the iCloud account associated with Spears’ phone.
“You’ll be able to see all messages, all FaceTime calls, notes, browser history, photos,” Vlasov says. “They will also oversee conversations with her friends, with her mother, with her lawyer, Sam Ingham.”
Star Posted on Instagram in August That he had received the iPad for the first time.
Spears’ assistants separated during circus tour
Individuals who worked on the circus tour described the environment as “toxic” and “yucky”.
Felicia Culotta was Spears’ longtime personal assistant. She returned to her supporting role when the circus tour was being prepared, but with different rules.
“It gradually became where I wasn’t allowed to be by his side and interact without other people, which was very awkward,” Culota says.
One day she was called to a meeting by Jamie Spears where she told Culotta that she was not going to work on tour in Europe.
“He said ‘if (Britney) sees you she won’t go on stage,’” recalls Culotta.
Despite the instructions, she went on tour but tried to stay out of sight of the pop singer. Although backstage during the previous show, she made eye contact with Spears.
“He took a full running jump and ran all the way down the hall and jumped on me (sp) and he was like, ‘Fay!…where were you,’” Kulotta says. The support system is that I just said ‘if I see something with my own eyes, I’ll tell’.”
Security Survey ‘Free Brittany’ Movement
The ‘Free Britney’ movement gained momentum in 2019 when news of Spears’ conservatism sparked public conversation. Renewed interest was further ignited after the first FX and New York Times installment “Framing Britney Spears” launched on Hulu in February.
“Aidan was initially very concerned about the “Free Britney” movement because it was out of his control, it was something that was taking shape on its own,” says Vlasov.
Vlasov says the movement was “heavily scrutinized” when it first began.
“Undercover investigators were crowdsourced to talk to fans, identify them, document who they were. It was all under one umbrella. It was for Brittany’s safety,” he says.
Vlasov later said that Spears’ testimony in July encouraged her to move away from black box security.
“It was the exact opposite of what we were always told to work there,” he says. “I listened to Brittany’s testimony and I think that was the final indicator that I want to come forward with what I know.”
Contribution: Amy Heinline