Britney Spears Issues Cease and Desist to Younger Sister, Pushes Back Against Father's Demand for Monetary Support
Spears' cease-and-desist letter says that Jamie Lynn Spears' memoir contains "misleading or outrageous claims"
Published Jan 19, 2022Britney Spears' conservatorship was finally terminated back in November of 2021, and the pop star has spent the last few months openly speaking out against her family (and others), mainly through Instagram and lengthy notes app dispatches.
The latest public rift has stemmed from Jamie Lynn Spears' new memoir Things I Should Have Said, which according to Britney contains several things that her younger sister should not have, in fact, said.
Last week, Jamie Lynn Spears gave an interview to Good Morning America in which she described Britney's behaviour before the conservatorship as "erratic," "paranoid," and "spiraling." Britney responded to the interview in an Instagram post, saying that her sister "never had to work for anything" and that she wasn't actually present during the time in question. Britney also denied a section of the memoir in which Jamie Lynn accuses her older sister of locking herself and Jamie Lynn in a room while "grabbing a knife."
And now, as reported by the BBC, Spears' lawyer Matthew Rosengart has issued a cease-and-desist letter to Jamie Lynn Spears warning her against saying any further "derogatory" statements about Britney while promoting the book.
The letter claims that Jamie Lynn's memoir contains "misleading or outrageous claims," and says that Britney believes Jamie Lynn has "exploited her for monetary gain."
"Publicly airing false or fantastical grievances is wrong, especially when designed to sell books. It is also potentially unlawful and defamatory," the letter reads. "You recently reportedly stated that the book was 'not about her.' She takes you at your word and we, therefore, demand that you cease and desist from referencing Britney derogatorily during your promotional campaign. If you fail to do so or defame her, Britney will be forced to consider and take all appropriate legal action."
Spears has been making a few legal moves lately, as her lawyer is also fighting against her father's demand that she pay his legal fees. As reported by The New York Times, newly-filed court papers accuse Britney's father Jamie Spears and others associated with the conservatorship of financial impropriety. Jamie Spears' lawyers had previously said that Britney's estate should pay for the legal expenses required to properly close out the conservatorship.