Controlling Britney Spears finally premiered in the UK on Monday (Sep. 27), but it’s a different documentary that may have rubbed the pop star the wrong way. According to TMZ, Spears’ latest Instagram post, which calls out one of the many new documentaries about her life and career, is actually about CNN’s Toxic: Britney Spears’ Battle For Freedom, which debuted on Sunday, Sept. 26.
“I watched a little bit of the last documentary and I must say I scratched my head a couple of times !!!” Spears wrote before peppering in some sarcasm. “I really try to disassociate myself from the drama !!! Number one ... that’s the past !!! Number two ... can the dialogue get any classier ??? Number three ... wow they used the most beautiful footage of me in the world !!!” The pop star added that she was amazed by “the effort” put into the film, and in a previous post that she reportedly deleted, she wrote that “a lot” of what was included was “not true.”
It’s worth noting that Spears didn’t specify which documentary she was referring to, so it’s possible that she was calling out Controlling Britney Spears — the follow-up to February’s Framing Britney Spears — which revealed disturbing allegations about the singer being surveilled during her conservatorship. According to a former assistant of the security firm Black Box, who was employed under the conservatorship, Jamie Spears asked for his daughter to be secretly monitored.
The documentary alleged that Spears’ phone was bugged and that a recording device was installed in her bedroom. This device allegedly recorded conversations between Spears and her fiancé, Sam Asghari, as well as with her children. In response to the allegations, Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, told the Los Angeles Superior Court that her father had reportedly “engaged in horrifying and unconscionable invasions of his adult daughter’s privacy.”
The lawyer also said that the alleged listening device “corroborates so much of her compelling, poignant testimony,” and noted that in California, both parties must be aware of when they are being recorded. In response, Jamie’s attorney, Vivian Thoreen, said that his actions “were well within the parameters of the authority conferred upon him by the court,” and that they “were done with the knowledge and consent of Britney, her court-appointed attorney, and/or the court.”
Rosengart, for his part, will be adding the issues raised in the documentary to “an already-growing list” of reasons why Jamie should be removed as his daughter’s conservator before the next hearing takes place on Sept. 29. Deadline also claims that the FBI is reportedly looking into these allegations “for a further possible criminal probe” due to Spears allegedly not being aware of the recordings.
Additional Reporting by Jordyn Tilchen