Britney Spears does not have to sit for a deposition, despite her father, Jamie Spears pushing for her to have her do so. A California judge made that ruling Wednesday (July 27).
As we earlier reported, Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, argued that she feels traumatized by her experience under her dad’s long-running conservatorship and that exposing her to invasive questioning via a deposition would further re-traumatize her. Per Entertainment Tonight, he asked the court, “What would a decent father do?”
Jamie’s lawyer, Alex Weingarten, called the plea “theatrics” and “attacks,” saying that Jamie cared for his daughter “beautifully.” He said Jamie deserved a chance to question Britney under oath about her public allegations against him.
Judge Brenda Penny ultimately decided that any information Jamie needs to defend himself against allegations of conservatorship abuse could be obtained from other sources, including documents and other witnesses. She also ruled that Britney would not be required to provide her home address at this time in light of the recent stalking incident involving her ex, Jason Alexander.
Jamie has been ordered to schedule his own deposition by August 12, with the judge ordering the release of documents and other evidence allegedly in his possession, including electronic surveillance of the pop star, Britney’s texts with her former attorney and 180 hours of audio recordings.
“The day of reckoning for Mr. Spears has come at least at this stage, in terms of the court ordering him to appear for his deposition,” Rosengart said on July 13. Britney’s father was suspended as conservator of Britney’s estate in September 2021. Her conservatorship was terminated two months later.