Britney Spears’ powerful attorney, Mathew Rosengart, criticizes a “false and defamatory” report linking the “Toxic” singer to crystal methamphetamine use.
Page Six privately learned that Rosengart had sent a legal letter to the Daily Mail on Sunday demanding an internal investigation into the exploitation of Spears’ underage children, Sean Preston, 17, and Jayden, 16 – which we reviewed – demanded. shares with ex Kevin Federline.
The letter began, “The Daily Mail, via Daphne Barak, published a report yesterday about my client Britney Spears, which contained numerous false and defamatory fabrications attributed to Kevin Federline and his children, particularly regarding ‘crystal methamphetamine’.”
Rosengart noted that Federline, who was married to Spears from 2004 to 2007, “acknowledged the fallacy of Ms. Barak’s story” in a conversation with TMZ earlier on Sunday.
Rosengart’s letter continued, “I also learned that Mrs Barak had tried several times to contact Britney, again with underage children, with allegations that were exploitative, abusive, and outrageously false.”
“Moreover, Britney’s representatives were never contacted prior to the story’s release, suggesting a reckless disregard for real evil and truth.”
The letter concluded: “Britney is indeed a public figure, but this behavior is unorthodox and completely unacceptable. Even by today’s standards of ‘journalism’ and the unfair scrutiny she has been subjected to.”
Rosengart said she would “further follow up” but asked the organization to “please confirm” that they will “immediately delete and retract this false and defamatory story and will conduct an internal investigation into this matter and the abuse of Britney and her children”.
At the time of publication, the story was still live on the Daily Mail’s website.
When contacted for comment, Barak told Page Six in part: “There are 12 days of shooting with Federline, her husband, family and others. All – On request.
He claimed that only a “small percentage” of the images he claimed to have documented were “published and made headlines”.
Earlier on Sunday, Federline accused Barak of “faking” his quotes, claiming he was “lying” in a “sadly” report to TMZ published by both The Sun and the Daily Mail.
“It upsets our family that Daphne Barak and Erbil Gunasti made up lies and decided to publish our family’s heartache and the trauma of our underage children in the Daily Mail and The Sun,” said Federline, 45. references Gunasti, who has worked with Barak on several projects.