In what’s being called an “increasingly aggressive effort to push back” against the so-called “Free Britney” movement, the conservatorship that oversees pop star Britney Spears’ personal life and career filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the creator of a blog devoted to Spears, the AP reports.
The report notes that the “Free Britney” movement alleges that Spears is being controlled against her will.
“The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles alleges that Anthony Elia, who runs the website Absolute Britney, has falsely claimed the court-ordered conservatorship has manipulated Spears’ Instagram account to make her appear more troubled and in need of help than she actually is,” the AP reports.
The report quotes the opening line of the lawsuit, which states: “It is time for the conspiracy theories about Britney Spears’ well-being and the mob #FreeBritney movement to stop.”
“Elia’s blog and its social media accounts have played a key role in the ‘Free Britney’ phenomenon, a group of fans who say on social media and in public protests that the singer is being controlled against her will by her father Jaime, who serves as her conservator, and that she is surreptitiously seeking help to free herself,” the AP reports. “The suit alleges that Elia ‘has made it his mission to spread false and malicious lies on the internet about Britney, her conservatorship and her team, including that those around Britney are harming her and not acting in her best interests.’”
The AP adds: “The suit comes two weeks after the conservatorship for similar reasons sought and received a five-year restraining order against Spears’ former manager Sam Lutfi. It prohibits him from trying to undermine the conservatorship by contacting members of the Spears family or writing disparaging posts on social media.”
The report notes that the conservatorship was established for Spears 11 years ago “during her very public meltdown.”