On Thursday, January 19, 2023, Justice for Britney activists staged a protest outside of the 9255 Sunset Boulevard building in West Hollywood, where Britney’s former manager, Lou Taylor, runs her Tri Star Sports and Entertainment company. The protestors who say they are part of an Eat Predators movement, showed up with various signs demanding justice for the pop star who was involuntarily placed under conservatorship from 2008 to 2021 after some personal struggles. Her father, James “Jamie” Spears, and attorney Andrew M. Wallet were the conservators. Three documentaries released in 2021 accuse Taylor of wrongdoing and having a hand in the conservatorship.
“Justice for Britney!” They Chanted. “Investigate Tri Star! Investigate Lou Taylor! Lou, Lou lock her up! Seize to exist conservatorships!”
“We’re here protesting TriStar on behalf of Justice for Britney, and we’re asking for conservatorship to be abolished,” said actress Alexa Nikolas, who organized the protest via her social media platform. “Britney may be free but justice has not prevailed. There were so many people who were involved in the exploitation and abuse of her conservatorship… this is where Lou Taylor works. Part of the Eat Predators movement is showing up to the locations where these people are, instead of doing it virtually. No comment so far from Tri Star.”
Nikolas starred in the show Zoey 101 with Britney’s younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears. She describes herself as a survivor of the music industry and says she saw the corruption, exploitation, and abuse firsthand. “I was on a show called Zoey 101 with Britney Spears’ sister, so I saw firsthand through my own experience at Nickelodeon and how they were abusive in their own specific ways, so I’m advocate for survivors of the industry in general.”
Nikolas added that those in attendance are activists who feel very passionate about the cause. Some protestors were there because they are Britney fans, while others were called to action after learning about the corruption of conservatorship and now they are working to have it abolished on a federal level, not just reformed in California.
A security guard at 9255 Sunset Boulevard eventually called the West Hollywood Sheriff’s to report the protestors for trespassing and blocking the sidewalk. Two sheriff deputies showed up and told the protest to keep their demonstration on the sidewalk and they let them continue screaming into their microphones to lockup Lou Taylor.
Law enforcement dropped by the #RallyForBritney but the ladies successfully diffused the situation and now the protest continues!! 20 more min to go!! #InvestigateLouTaylor #JusticeForBritney pic.twitter.com/m5UluEvOlI
— Kate 🌹 Fan Account (@shadysanctuary) January 19, 2023
The protest started at 12 p.m. and ran until 2 p.m. There were roughly 20 protestors during the earlier part of the demonstration. More showed up in the last hour.
This is one of several Britney Spears protests to hit West Hollywood. Britney fans and supporters stormed Santa Monica Boulevard with a Free Britney March from Plummer Park to the LGBT Rainbow District on July 2021, to bring awareness to the pop star’s courtroom battle to regain control of her life
On April 2019, a small group of Britney Spears fans gathered outside of West Hollywood City Hall with calls to “Free Britney” after news that the pop singer was checked into a psychiatric facility.
Alexa Nikolas can be found on Instagram under the handle @matchthesource and on twitter at @alexanikolas__.