Britney Spears’ Attorneys Worried About Personal Leaks
Feras Ballout reports on PowerWebSpoilers:
Britney Spears’ conservatorship attorneys, Geraldine Wyle and Jeryll Cohen, are worried that personal and medical information will leak out into the media unless it’s put under legal lock and key – and have taken steps to do just that.
In their argument, the attorneys note that “A Google search for Ms. Spears’ name yields 54,300,000 hits…Photographs and personal information, particular information of a highly confidential nature (such as personal medical information of Ms. Spears and her children), can potentially reap thousands if not millions of dollars.”
The information is so sensitive the lawyers note on the open market “The possibility of such enormous profits presents a substantial risk that Ms. Spears’ most confidential medical and personal information will be disclosed.”
The attorneys have filed papers to prevent any of that from getting out.
I have long maintained that celebrities are entitled to the same medical privacy as private figures. Yes, they are in the public spotlight, but they are not in the public sector, and as such, should be accorded the same privacy as other private figures. I also believe that media speculating about or discussing a celebrity’s mental health or minor children should be off limits – particularly so for those who are psychologists, psychiatrists, or who are otherwise trained in mental health or are in the health care profession. But how these lawyers intend to accomplish the goal of protecting the privacy of Ms. Spears and her children without running afoul of First Amendment issues will be interesting to see.