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New Lou Taylor Article Published Today, Feb 21 2024: "Multiple attempts to reach Taylor, 58, at Tri Star by phone and email were unsuccessful."


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Britney Spears has some harsh words for this Rush-Henrietta alumna.

 

More than a few people are painted as villains in Britney Spears’ memoir, “The Woman in Me.” Her parents — particularly her father, Jamie Spears; her ex-boyfriend and fellow celebrity Justin Timberlake; Kevin Federline, her second ex-husband and father of her two sons; and TV journalist Diane Sawyer. But there’s someone else Spears has a beef with, and because there’s always a Rochester connection, that person grew up in Henrietta: Louise “Lou” M. Taylor, Spears’ former business manager, whom the pop star claims played a pivotal role in her controversial 13-year conservatorship. Spears’ first reference to Taylor appears on page 166 of the book, released Oct. 24, 2023: “My father had struck up a very close friendship with Louise ‘Lou’ Taylor, who he worshipped. She was front and center during the implementation of the conservatorship that would later allow them to control and take over my career.” It turns out that Taylor spent her formative years here as Louise M. Sawyer and in 1984 graduated from Charles H. Roth High School, Rush-Henrietta Central School District records show. (From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, to deal with overcrowding, the district had two senior high schools.)

She was a standout volleyball player and co-captain of the girls’ varsity team. Democrat and Chronicle game coverage from the early 1980s highlighted her skill as a server, as well as her versatility, which often led the squad to victory. In 1984, she was one of just seven female high school volleyball players in Monroe County recognized by the newspaper for outstanding athletic achievement. She enrolled at Monroe Community College but didn’t complete a degree, according to an MCC spokesperson. By 1988, she was working as a payroll bookkeeper for Preferred Care, a former local health insurer. Her office was at Monroe Square (the old Sears building), 259 Monroe Ave. Also on the premises was an engineering firm, where Robert Taylor worked as a draftsman.

On Aug. 29 of that year, they started chatting at a blood drive in the building, leading to love and marriage. Their meet-cute was the subject of a Democrat and Chronicle feature that also described the couple’s unusual wedding, held June 17, 1989, on their 21-foot boat, Perfect, on Long Pond in Greece. The groom was dressed in a white bathing suit, tank top and bow tie. The bride wore a white two-piece, a sarong and a veil. After the ceremony, “We went around Long Pond, hootin’ and hollerin’ to everybody,” she told the newspaper, which stated the couple lived in Greece. The event reflected their shared love of the water and desire to be different, but Lou Taylor was still years from making a big splash.

In 1990, she and her husband moved to Florida, and Taylor found her calling when she joined a management firm that represented entertainers, The New York Times reported in 2021. In 1992, she launched Tri Star Accounting Group to serve similar clients. In 2000, she sold the business and the Taylors relocated to Brentwood, Tennessee, outside Nashville. Robert became the pastor of an evangelical church, and Lou founded Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group in Nashville, handling the business dealings of country music stars Reba McEntire and Martina McBride, among others. Taylor had been involved with the Spears family since at least 2004, according to The New York Post, and was business manager for Britney’s younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, who starred on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom “Zoey 101” from 2005 to 2008. On Jan. 9, 2008, Taylor became a public figure when she appeared on NBC’s “Today” show as a Spears family spokesperson. Her interview with Meredith Vieira was in response to a public statement issued by TV talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw after he visited Spears during one of her involuntary hospitalizations.

The psychiatric holds followed episodes of erratic behavior, which Spears describes in her book as periods of hard partying and “acting wild.” Also in January, Tri Star loaned Jamie Spears at least $40,000 after he filed for bankruptcy, Britney Spears writes. On Feb. 1, Jamie Spears placed his daughter into the conservatorship, an arrangement typically reserved for people unable to care for themselves or work and one that gave him control over her estimated $60 million fortune. In the book, Spears writes that Taylor “was directly involved in calling the shots right before the conservatorship.” Later that year, Spears recorded and released her sixth studio album, “Circus,” and in 2009, she was sent on a world tour to promote it. Taylor offered input on the tour, but Tri Star wasn’t officially hired to manage Spears’ business until January 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported. “At the time, she had few real clients,” Spears writes of Taylor. “She basically used my name and hard work to build her company,” which opened a second office in Los Angeles with a staff of more than 150 people and a client roster including Gwen Stefani, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, the wife of singer Nick Jonas. In 2019, Taylor was named The Hollywood Reporter’s Business Manager Icon and in an accompanying profile headlined “Hollywood Business Manager Lou Taylor Is ‘Ferociously’ Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” she was praised by entertainment industry insiders for her business acumen and drive. Or, as she told the publication, “I work my *** off 24/7.”

Multiple attempts to reach Taylor, 58, at Tri Star by phone and email were unsuccessful. However, previously, she and her attorneys insisted to various news outlets that she had no role in Britney Spears’ conservatorship, terminated by a judge in November 2021.

One year earlier, Tri Star stepped down as Spears’ business management company. Taylor has long been known to followers of the #FreeBritney movement and was highlighted in documentaries about it, but the book — which in its first week sold 1.1 million copies in the United States alone — has widened the spotlight. Ditto for Taylor’s employee Robin Greenhill, whom Spears describes in the memoir as “Lou’s weird-*** lacky.” The two of them and Jamie Spears “ruled my life and monitored every move I made,” Spears writes, adding that she saw them “as bullies, and I wanted them out of my life.”

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Why do these articles never mention the fact that Lynne Spears was the first one to confirm Lou’s involvement in planning the conservatorship way back when she released Through the Storm. Nor do they ever mention funds were misused to pay Lou’s legal fees after she sued a fan and for some publicity for some award or something

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3 minutes ago, Broccoli Spears said:

Why do these articles never mention the fact that Lynne Spears was the first one to confirm Lou’s involvement in planning the conservatorship way back when she released Through the Storm. Nor do they ever mention funds were misused to pay Lou’s legal fees after she sued a fan and for some publicity for some award or something

They're not doing their research, that's why. 

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54 minutes ago, Broccoli Spears said:

Why do these articles never mention the fact that Lynne Spears was the first one to confirm Lou’s involvement in planning the conservatorship way back when she released Through the Storm. Nor do they ever mention funds were misused to pay Lou’s legal fees after she sued a fan and for some publicity for some award or something

I don't have that book. If you have it, could you copy the sentence with that information please? 

Small newspapers don't do much research. 

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1 minute ago, Hamelia said:

I don't have that book. If you have it, could you copy the sentence with that information please? 

Small newspapers don't do much research. 

I binned that book long ago because, just like the author, it belongs in the trash.

But I’ll see if the excerpt is online somewhere.

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9 minutes ago, Hamelia said:

I don't have that book. If you have it, could you copy the sentence with that information please? 

Small newspapers don't do much research. 

 

6 minutes ago, Broccoli Spears said:

I binned that book long ago because, just like the author, it belongs in the trash.

But I’ll see if the excerpt is online somewhere.

You can find the book on this site, but you need to make an account to read the whole thing

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From there to here -- Kentwood -- Good-looking Southern man -- Close call -- Wrecking balls -- Sweet and bitter -- Witnessing a miracle -- Friendships -- The...

 

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5 minutes ago, Gutterguppy said:

 

You can find the book on this site, but you need to make an account to read the whole thing

ARCHIVE.ORG

From there to here -- Kentwood -- Good-looking Southern man -- Close call -- Wrecking balls -- Sweet and bitter -- Witnessing a miracle -- Friendships -- The...

 

I don't really want to make an account. I believe Broccoli, but I wanted to see the actual wording.

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9 minutes ago, Gutterguppy said:

 

You can find the book on this site, but you need to make an account to read the whole thing

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From there to here -- Kentwood -- Good-looking Southern man -- Close call -- Wrecking balls -- Sweet and bitter -- Witnessing a miracle -- Friendships -- The...

 

Does that book really say Brit lost her virginity at 14?

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4 minutes ago, Hamelia said:

I don't really want to make an account. I believe Broccoli, but I wanted to see the actual wording.

I don't blame you. 

Just now, Popprincess19 said:

Does that book really say Brit lost her virginity at 14?

I read it a long time ago, so don't really remember

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3 hours ago, Hamelia said:

I don't really want to make an account. I believe Broccoli, but I wanted to see the actual wording.

Ok I misremembered slightly but it does imply Lou was involved from the beginning and guiding Jamie.

 

page 181:

Quiet plans had been underway for six weeks for Jamie to petition the court for temporary conservatorship of Britney, but it seemed like an impossible dream at that point, with Sam still so entrenched in her life. In fact, Jamie was going to file for the conservatorship on January 22, eight days beforehand, but he and his business manager, Lou, felt God leading them to wait, fast, and pray, despite the frustration of a phalanx of lawyers.

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