Britney Spears fans allegedly send ‘violent threats’ to her team
The conservatorship that oversees Britney Spears‘ affairs took legal action against a fan over his #FreeBritney claims because his posts allegedly prompted other fans to send “violent threats” to the pop star’s team, a source told Page Six.
“They’re starting to make violent threats against these people,” a source close to Britney, 37, told us, adding that the authorities have become involved. “Some of these people believe everything they’re reading, and we do need people to realize that their words have consequences.”
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday alleges that blogger Anthony Steven, also known as Anthony Elia, has been “one of the loudest voices” on his website and social media accounts “Absolute Britney.” The #FreeBritney social media campaign began after Spears checked herself into a mental health facility in April. Fans speculated that the “Toxic” singer was forced to go to treatment against her will.
“He has made it his mission to spread numerous falsehoods and malicious lies on the Internet about Britney, her conservatorship and her team, including that those around Britney are harming her or not acting in her best interest,” the lawsuit, obtained by Page Six, reads. “It’s clear that without any actual information about Britney, and what is or is not in her well being, he’s made it his agenda to ensure that Britney is no longer in a conservatorship.”
Steven alleged in a June 14 Instagram post that the singer’s team was “deleting positive comments on her Instagram post and leaving negative ones to keep up the illusion that she needs help!”
Britney’s mother, Lynne Spears, fueled speculation that her daughter’s team was deleting posts by commenting, “I know you are a true fan and love her so thank you for pointing this out because I have had others say the same.”
Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, is part of the singer’s conservatorship — not Lynne — so she may not be privy to how the social media team of the conservatorship deals with Instagram, our source told us.
According to “Entertainment Tonight,” Lynn filed a legal request to be more informed about Britney’s case in May.
Britney’s conservatorship continued to deny the accusations in the lawsuit, saying, “Neither Jamie or Britney is deleting positive comments on Instagram to negatively portray Britney or acting in violation of any human rights.”
Britney has also said she is in control of her own posts, telling fans on May 28, “For those of you who don’t think I post my own videos, I did this video yesterday, so you’re wrong, but hope you like it.”
Following the lawsuit filing, Steven shared a quote from Winston Churchill on Instagram that read, “I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.”
The 29-year-old from New Jersey then shared with Page Six a photo of him with Britney at a meet-and-greet.
He told us in a statement, “I am forever blessed and I have faith that good always wins. I have no further comments, except that I love Britney and the Britney army.”
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