Is Britney Spears Being Held Against Her Will at a Mental Health Facility?
Fans of the pop star are concerned about Britney Spears' well-being after a bombshell report.
Fans of Britney Spears are worried about her well-being after bombshell allegations have emerged that she might be held against her will.
In January, as she prepared for another Las Vegas residency, a message was shared on the pop star's Instagram saying, "I will not be performing my new show. A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time."
Then in April, a post about her taking some "me time" came as news broke that Spears just checked herself into a mental health facility.
Since her very public meltdown in 2007, Spears has been under the conservatorship of her father, Jamie Spears. She cannot make any key personal or financial decisions without his approval.
A popular podcast called “Britney's Gram” aired a "special emergency episode" after receiving a voicemail from a paralegal claiming to be formerly involved with her conservatorship.
"It came to Jamie Spears' attention that Britney was not taking her medication as prescribed and Jamie said, 'Either you take this medication or the show's off.' Britney did not follow Jamie’s instructions and so he was true to his word, he pulled the show and verbatim said, 'Blame it on my illness,’” the message said.
Tess Barker, who co-hosts the podcast, spoke to Inside Edition about the message.
“We just kind of got chills,” Barker said. "We do believe this person is credible. We had a responsibility to release this information because if it is true, we think there are serious civil rights violations going on, to say the least.”
The voicemail also alleges that Spears has actually been in the mental health facility since mid-January, not April, and according to the unnamed paralegal, she did not check in voluntarily.
"She did not want to go, this was not a decision she made at all,” the paralegal said in the voicemail. “There is no end in sight for this stay at the mental facility.”
Attorney Brian Buckmire with the Law & Crime Network said the paralegal is defying legal ethics by speaking out.
"The attorney / client privilege absolutely extends to the paralegal and anyone in the firm,” he told Inside Edition.
Now, social media has launched a “Free Britney” movement.
Inside Edition's calls to Spears' publicist for comment have not been returned.
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