Kevin Federline Furious if Britney Spears Was Secretly Recorded
Kevin Federline would be furious if the claims that his children’s private conversations with mom Britney Spears were secretly recorded prove to be true, his attorney told Page Six.
“I think that would be pretty outrageous and Kevin would be upset about that,” lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan yesterday (September 27), following The New York Times’ report over the weekend that first exposed the allegations.
“It would be extremely inappropriate for a parent, let alone a grandparent, to clandestinely procure recordings between a parent and their children,” the attorney added. “Regardless of whether or not the grandfather, in this case Jamie, is a conservator or not.”
According to The New York Times, Jamie, 69, and the security firm he hired, Black Box Security, ran an “intense surveillance apparatus” that monitored Britney’s communications and “secretly captured audio recordings from her bedroom, including her interactions and conversations with her boyfriend and children.”
Kaplan told Page Six he and Federline, 43, had never heard of the allegations prior to their conversation and that he had “no way of knowing whether the allegations are true.”
Attorney Shawn Holley, who represents Britney’s head of security Edan Yemini, told the outlet, “Mr. Yemini and Black Box Security have a strict policy against discussing matters concerning their clients or their operations. That said, Mr. Yemini and Black Box have always conducted themselves within professional, ethical and legal bounds, and they are particularly proud of their work in keeping Ms. Spears safe for many years.”
Kaplan told Page Six that despite not knowing if the claims were completely true, he said he doesn’t think “it would be appropriate” for Black Box to “continue on” as Britney’s security if the allegations are accurate.
He explained that “clandestine electronic eavesdropping” in California is a felony and “even if someone is a conservator for the person that is clandestinely being electronically recorded,” he would “think that that would be prohibited and completely inappropriate.”
The family lawyer pointed out that Federline and Britney’s two sons, Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15, are minors and therefore could not give permission to be recorded. “They certainly couldn’t give their consent and certainly Kevin would never agree to such a thing,” he said.
When asked whether Federline would press charges over the alleged security issues, Kaplan said, “Kevin would be making the decision on that.”
Earlier on Monday, Britney’s own attorney, Mathew Rosengart, also blasted Jamie over the spying allegations.
Rosengart told Page Six, “Placing a listening device in Britney’s bedroom would be particularly horrifying and corroborates so much of her compelling, poignant testimony. Mr. Spears has crossed unfathomable lines.”
A court date is set for tomorrow, September 29, in which a judge may decide whether Jamie will be permanently removed from his daughter’s conservatorship and whether or not the guardianship will be terminated altogether.
Kaplan previously revealed that the termination of Britney’s conservatorship does not guarantee a change in the exes’ custodial case. Federline and Britney have a 70-30 custody agreement in the former backup dancer’s favor.
“Would the fact alone of the conservatorship being terminated in and of itself make Kevin agree to change the existing custody order? No,” the lawyer said in June.
Federline and Britney got engaged in June 2004 after two months of dating. They were married from October 2004 to July 2007. Federline also has four kids from other relationships.