A former member of Britney Spears' security team says the singer was being recorded, and he was asked to delete 'extremely sensitive' audio

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A former member of Britney Spears' security team says the singer was being recorded, and he was asked to delete 'extremely sensitive' audio
Britney Spears in 2019. Getty
  • A former member of Britney Spears' security team said he was asked to delete "sensitive" audio.
  • The allegation was made in a clip from the new documentary "Controlling Britney Spears."
  • Alex Vlasov kept the footage since he felt it was "evidence" in Spears' conservatorship struggles.

A former member of Britney Spears' security detail said the singer was being recorded - and that he was once asked to delete "extremely sensitive" audio footage by other members of Spears' team.

In a clip from a new documentary, "The New York Times Presents: Controlling Britney Spears," which premieres Friday at 10 p.m. ET on FX and Hulu, Alex Vlasov said he didn't want to be "complicit," so he kept a copy of the "sensitive" audio.

"I had them tell me what was on it. They seemed very nervous and said that it was extremely sensitive," the former employee and executive assisant of operations recalled of being asked to "wipe" an audio-recording device and USB drive, presumably with footage of Spears on it, by other team members.

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The staffer said the other team members told him that "nobody can ever know about this" and he needed "to delete everything on it, so there's no record of it."

But being asked to wipe the devices, he said in the clip, "raised so many red flags."

"I did not want to be complicit in whatever they were involved in, so I kept a copy, because I don't want to delete evidence," the former employee said.

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Representatives for Spears; her father, Jamie, who's a coconservator of her estate; and Black Box Security, the team said to be involved in the incident, didn't immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment on Friday.

"When Jamie was appointed Britney's conservator back in 2008, he was given the authority to hire security for Britney 24/7 and no one really knew what they did," Liz Day, a cocreator of the documentary, told Good Morning America on Friday.

"They'd be in the background of photos with Britney. But the level of control and the ways that they monitored and surveilled her, we certainly didn't know," she added.

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The allegation from the former staffer is just the latest development in Spears' ongoing legal battle to free herself from the controversial conservatorship she's been under for the past 13 years.

A former member of Britney Spears' security team says the singer was being recorded, and he was asked to delete 'extremely sensitive' audio
Jamie Spears Nick Ut/ AP

In explosive court testimony from June, Spears said that her conservatorship was restrictive in many ways. In fact, the singer said that she wanted to remove her IUD to have a baby, presumably with now fiancé Sam Asghari, but that her conservatorship wouldn't let her. The "Toxic" singer also said that the conservatorship wouldn't allow her to marry, but she and Asghari have since announced their engagement.

"I've lied and told the whole world that I'm okay and that I'm happy," Spears said during her June statement. "It's a lie." Spears continued: "I've been in denial. I've been in shock. I am traumatized."

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Recent court documents filed by Spears' legal team alleged that Jamie Spears had taken millions of dollars in unwarranted commissions from his daughter's work over the years.

Spears' father later denied the claims that the singer made in court and in subsequent court documents. Recently, he said he would step down as conservator.

The next hearing in the conservatorship case is scheduled for September 29, where a judge could rule on Jamie Spears' fate as the singer's financial conservator.

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