Britney Spears’ dad hits back at claims he forced star to do Diane Sawyer interview

Britney Spears’ dad hits back at claims he forced star to do Diane Sawyer interview

Britney Spears’ dad has denied his daughter’s claims that he forced her to talk to Diane Sawyer in 2003.

The singer, 40, slammed dad Jamie, 69, and her former management team in an outburst on social media on Monday.

She claimed she was in a vulnerable state and didn’t want to do the television interview but her management team “put that woman in my home and made me talk to her”.

She continued to slate her dad in the now-deleted Instagram post, saying the interview came just days after her dad and three men showed up at her door following her break-up with former flame Justin Timberlake.

She wrote in her outburst: “I never spoke to anyone for a very long time …I was in shock… pretty lame of my dad and three men to show up at my door when I could hardly speak… two days later they put Diane Sawyer in my living room.”

Britney Spears broke down in the interview with Diane Sawyer in 2003
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Primetime)

But now her dad’s lawyer has released a statement to Variety denying his client’s involvement.

It said: “Mr. Spears has no idea what Ms. Spears is talking about. Jamie never set up any interview with Diane Sawyer and was not present for any such interview.

“He had nothing to do with Britney’s career at this point and was completely uninvolved in this interview.”

The statement continued to say Jamie loves his daughter “very much” and wishes “nothing but the best” for her.

It concluded: “[Jamie] hopes that she continues to seek the help that she needs to stay safe and healthy.”

But it appears as thought the back and forth isn’t set to end there.

Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said Jamie should focus his attention on questions regarding financial issues and eavesdropping allegations in stead of criticising the singer.

He told Variety: “Rather than bullying and attacking his daughter, even as he claims to ‘love’ her, it would be far more appropriate for Mr. Spears and his lawyer to focus on answering the following fundamental questions, to start, which we have been asking for months: As a suspended conservator, will he now return the millions of dollars in combined salary and commissions from Britney’s work that he paid himself before he was suspended?

Jamie Spears denies any involvement in setting up the chat with Diane Sawyer
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ABC/Hulu/FX)

“What were the total amounts he received from his daughter’s estate? Why did he approve a $500,000 payment to Tri Star after Britney went on hiatus? Does he have any evidence to refute the allegations in the extensive New York Times expose regarding a listening device being placed in his adult daughter’s bedroom?”

The comments come as Britney and her dad continue their legal battle.

Meanwhile, Britney teased fans on Tuesday about a “new addition” to her family as she rocked back and forth with her back to the camera while holding a battle in an Instagram post.

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