The Netflix update on the Britney Spears retention case makes promises from the “people who have never spoken before now, documents never seen before now‘Variety, but the film by Erin Lee Carr begins with the origins of famous soil. Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, has legally controlled her person and finances for the past 13 years. We see how charming he is in a short cut of what he calls a journalist a ‘stupid fuck’.
While a cupboard of leaked documents provides a large portion of the meat Britney vs Spears, which follows on from last year Britney FrameworkSome of the most interesting interviews here are people with people who do not want to talk. Felicia Culotta, Spears’ former personal assistant, says “Sorry!” with indecent frequency. “I do not want to talk about her father.” “I do not want to fight with them, it’s just not worth it to me.” “I will not touch it.” Sorree!
The doctor who did Spears’ initial medical evaluation – at least according to some leaked documents – is too smart to be caught out. Was he aware of Britney Spears’ music before he saw her? “I’m not going to admit I’ve ever met her.” He refuses to confirm his signature. “Show me signed statement.” He is a specialist in geriatric psychiatry and points out that all his patient evaluations are confidential, and that is fair enough.
Geriatric, you say? Inside the documentary, journalist Carr and Rolling Stone’s Jenny Eliscu saw the phrase “orders related to the placement of dementia” on the conservatory application – an extraordinary box to mark for an active 26-year-old. Attorney Tony Chicotel supervised dozens of guards and “none of them ever had a job”. The legal requirement for a conservatory, which according to some is tantamount to “civil death”, is very high. As he explains it, “You must not be able to provide for your needs for food, clothing, health and shelter.” Strange that a young woman whose stay in Las Vegas in 2013-2017 covered 248 high-energy performances and earned $ 137.7 million should be considered in this category.
One of the most poignant aspects of the evidence here is the way in which an isolated Britney would repeatedly reach out to men she had just met. After talking to her in a bar one evening, Sam Lutfi received an unexpected call: “I need your help.” As her manager, he became the ultimate pretext for the protection order or, as he puts it, the scapegoat. Paparazzo Adnan Ghalib and cinematographer Andrew Gallery also report that the star is begging for their help.
The lawsuit is Dickensian in its torturous scope and circularity, while the overall plot is positive Shakespeare, a matter of shifting interpretation, shady factors and bitterly contradictory views. At the end is the usual black screen of denials and no comment. The story goes on and on and on.
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