According to the singer's lawyer Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears will file a lawsuit against her sister if she continues to speak disparagingly about her during a press campaign for her new memoir, “Things I Should Have Said.”
In a cease and desist letter, Rosengart claimed that the “ill-timed” memoir contains several “misleading or outrageous claims”.
“We write with some hesitation because the last thing Britney wants is to bring more attention to your ill-timed book and its misleading or outrageous claims about her,” the letter read.
Mathew Rosengart further stated that Britney “will not tolerate” the alleged profiteering.
“Although Britney has not read and does not intend to read your book, she and millions of her fans were shocked to see how you have exploited her for monetary gain. She will not tolerate it, nor should she,” he said.
“You of all people know the abuse and wrongdoing Britney had to endure during the conservatorship, after initially growing up with a ‘ruinous' alcoholic father. In fact, your own book reportedly states that your father ‘spent most of my life in that cycle of ruinous behavior. His bouts of drinking caused me periods of torment and sorrow,'” he added.
“As I have previously stated, having endured a 13-year conservatorship that stripped her of civil rights and fundamental liberties, Britney will no longer be bullied by her father or anyone else. Britney was the family's breadwinner and she also otherwise supported you. Publicly airing false or fantastical grievances is wrong, especially when designed to sell books. It is also potentially unlawful and defamatory,” he continued.
“You recently reportedly stated that the book was ‘not about her.' She takes you at your word and we, therefore, demand that you cease and desist from referencing Britney derogatorily during your promotional campaign. If you fail to do so or defame her, Britney will be forced to consider and take all appropriate legal action,” the letter concluded.
Britney Spears, 40, and her younger sister have been engaged in a public feud ever since Jamie Lynn Spears, 30, appeared on Good Morning America last week to promote her book, “Things I Should Have Said.”
During the interview, Jamie Lynn described herself as “my sister's biggest supporter” and said she “took steps to help” end the conservatorship, saying “I don't know why we're in this position right now” in regards to their current rift.
She also described Britney Spears' behavior as “erratic,” “paranoid” and “spiraling” in the book, according to ABC.
Jamie Lynne also said that she had nothing to do with her sister's 13-year conservatorship, which was terminated late last year.
“When she needed help, I set up ways to do so, went out of my way to make sure that she had the contacts she needed to possibly go ahead and end this conservatorship and just end this all for our family. If it's going to cause this much discord, why continue it? I even spoke to her legal team, … her previous legal team, and that did not end well in my favor,” she said.
“I did take the steps to help. How many times can I take the steps without … She has to walk through the door,” she added.
Britney Spears took to social media over the last week in order to challenge her sister's memory.
“Jamie Lynn, I wasn't strong enough to do what should have been done … slapped you and Mamma right across your f*cking faces !!!!!”, the Grammy singer wrote on Instagram this week.
Britney issued her first response to her sister's interview on Twitter last week.
“It was actually kind of nice having a fever so high cause I had to surrender to not caring. I just couldn't give a f*ck…,” the “” singer tweeted.
“The two things that did bother me [were] that my sister said how my behaviour was out of control. She was never around me much 15 years ago at that time. So why are they even talking about that unless she wants to sell a book at my expense??? REALLY ???,” she continued.
Britney also claimed in her statement that, in contrast to her own singing career, her sister has “never had to work for anything” and that “everything was always given to her”.
“My family ruined my dreams 100 billion per cent and try to make me look like the crazy one while I have a 104 degree fever, not being able to move in my bed. My family loves to pull me down and hurt me always so I am disgusted with them,” she later added.
Jamie Lynn has replied by saying her book is not solely about Britney Spears.
“I can't help that I was born a Spears too, and that some of my experiences involve my sister. Quite frankly, the things being said are absolutely not the truth,” she wrote.