An ex-husband of Britney Spears was charged with molestation by a US court on Monday after inviting himself to the singer’s wedding ceremony by filming himself live on Instagram.
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Britney Spears, 40, and her fiancé Sam Asghari, 28, were in the midst of preparations when the intruder showed up at their luxurious mansion in Thousand Oaks, California, according to entertainment and celebrity publications like Variety or TMZ.
Jason Alexander, 40, a childhood friend of the singer, to whom she was married for a very short time (just 55 hours) in 2004, had been arrested by police.
Jason Alexander, who appeared from prison via Zoom, was charged with molestation, as well as trespassing, vandalism and assault, according to Ventura County court documents. He pleaded not guilty and the judge issued an injunction ordering him to stay more than 90 meters from the singer.
His bail was set at $100,000 with a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
Britney Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, told reporters he was “pleased” with the way Ventura County sheriff’s departments were responding to this “serious matter.”
Jason Alexander was also wanted for theft, embezzlement and possession of stolen property, according to the sheriff’s services.
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Britney Spears and Sam Asghari had remained very discreet about their marriage, news of which had only recently broke through the professional media. Many celebrities such as Madonna, Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore, Paris Hilton and Donatella Versace – who designed the wedding dress – were present.
The couple announced last month that the singer had suffered a miscarriage. Britney Spears wrote on her Instagram account a few weeks earlier that she was expecting a baby.
The news came five months after the American judiciary in Los Angeles put him in control of his private life by ending guardianship, which was primarily exercised by his father, Jamie Spears. The measure was decided in 2008 due to the star’s mental health issues, which she described as “abusive” and which she says prevented her from removing her IUD despite her desire to have children.
The singer, who was revealed by multiple global hits like ‘…Baby One More Time’ as a teenager, already has two boys, Sean and Jayden, with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.