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The biggest bombshells from Netflix’s new Britney Spears documentary

Britney vs Spears landed on Netflix on Tuesday.

The film sees journalist Jenny Eliscu and filmmaker Erin Lee Carr investigate the 13-year conservatorship that Britney Spears has been fighting to end.

The singer was place under the conservatorship in 2008 after she suffered an alleged mental breakdown, leaving her father Jamie and lawyer Andrew Wallet in charge of her estate, financial assets, and some personal assets.

Britney and her father Jamie

The synopsis of the documentary reads: “Britney vs Spears tells the explosive story of Britney’s life and her public and private search for freedom.”

“Featuring years-long investigative work, exclusive interviews and new documents, this Netflix feature film paints a thorough portrait of the pop star’s trajectory from girl next door to a woman trapped by fame and family and her own legal status. It shows Britney’s life without utilizing the traumatic images that have previously defined her.”

“The film weaves a shocking timeline of old and new players, secret rendezvous and Britney’s behind-the-scenes fight for her own autonomy. Text messages and a voicemail, as well as new interviews with key players, make clear what Britney herself has attested: the full story has yet to be told.”

We’ve rounded up the biggest bombshells from the film, which viewers have described as “heartbreaking”.

Take a look:


The filmmakers explained that when someone files a conservatorship, part of the paperwork involves checking off a reason that the person is unable to manage their own life.

The paperwork for Britney’s conservatorship checked off “orders related to dementia placement”, which the documentary makers noted was highly unusual for cases involving young people.

The report claimed the singer, who was 27 at the time, “lacks the capacity to understand or manage her financial affairs without being subject to undue influence.”

The 2009 voicemail 

The filmmakers obtained audio of a voicemail Britney left for her lawyer late on the night of January 21, 2009.

In it, the popstar is heard saying:  “Hi, my name is Britney Spears. I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship … my father has threatened me several times to … take my children away.”

“I just want to be guaranteed that everything will … stay the same as far as my custodial time.”

Britney vs Spears executive producer tried to help Britney in 2009


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Journalist Jenny Eliscu has been fighting to help Britney for years. The executive producer of Britney Vs Spears tried to secure a new lawyer for the singer just one year into her conservatorship.

She agreed to help Britney’s then boyfriend by delivering a document to the pop star to sign, stating their lack of confidence in her lawyer Samuel Ingham.

The film claims Britney signed the document in secret in a hotel bathroom.

Recalling the moment Britney signed the petition, Jenny said she broke down in tears, she said: “She definitely seemed scared. It was hard to tell because I was so scared but she was so appreciative.”

The petition failed.

Britney’s open letter begging for her conservatorship to end

Documentary filmmaker and former friend of Britney Andrew Gallery claimed that she wrote an open letter about the conservatorship in 2009, which she wanted him to release to the public.

Just one year into the conservatorship, the singer allegedly wrote: “This year Britney’s been silenced to speak about anything that’s really going on. The people controlling her life have made 3 million dollars this year.”

“She’d love for new eyes to see her situation, but if she brings it up she’s constantly threatened that the conservators will take her kids away. So how long does this go on for? As long as the people are getting paid and she has no rights it could go on for a while, but it doesn’t make it right at all.”

Andrew claimed Britney would often ask for his help to get her feelings out to the world, and would also try to use his phone to contact people. He also claimed their friendship came to an end when people within the conservatorship found out about the letter.

Britney’s ex Jason Trawick felt the conservatorship was “too constrictive”

Documents read by Britney vs Spears creators Erin and Jenny revealed Britney’s then fiancé Jason Trawick felt her conservatorship was “too constrictive”.

The singer allegedly had to ask permission for money to buy books for her children, and the couple had to call ahead and ask for permission prior to even going out for a burger.

A letter, dated March 2012, detailed an interview a doctor had with Jason.

The letter, sent to the conservatorship judge, stated: “He appears to be genuinely in love with Britney. His philosophy is that eventually, Britney will have to learn to live without a conservator. He feels that the present arrangement is too constrictive.”

Britney’s ex manager Sam Lutfi denies drugging her

Around the time of the initial conservatorship filing, Britney’s mother Lynne and sister Jamie Spears alleged that the singer’s former manager Sam Lutfi was controlling and drugging the singer.

They later used this claim in a court filing to waive her right to five days’ notice to contest the conservatorship.

Lorilee Craker, the biographer of Lynne Spears, said: “Something that I don’t think has really been portrayed correctly is the level of crisis at the moment the conservatorship began. They felt they had to do it to protect Britney from Sam. He was crushing drugs and putting them in her food and bragging about it.”

Sam denied these claims, saying: “We have 100 blood tests and drug tests the entire time I was with her and she passed every single one of them, which is why the police never came to my door. No one ever called the police.”

“To be accused of allegations that serious, that you’re drugging the world’s biggest star, you call the police, you call the FBI, you don’t call TMZ.”



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