Britney Spears’ ex-husband has been charged with criminal harassment after showing up unannounced at her Los Angeles home and trying to crash her marriage to Sam Asghari.
Jason Alexander, 40, pleaded not guilty to the charge as well as trespassing, assault and battery and vandalism.
He attended the hearing virtually via videoconference.
Police arrested him last week after he allegedly disrupted wedding preparations. He was taken to a local jail.
Alexander, a childhood friend of Spears, was briefly married to the singer in 2004 and was her first husband.
However, the union was canceled after three days.
Spears, 40, and her fitness trainer partner Asghari, 28, get married in an intimate ceremony in California last Thursday, with the arrival of the singer in a horse-drawn carriage covered with flowers.
But as the finishing touches were underway, Alexander posted an Instagram Live story from outside Spears’ property in which he said he was there to “crush” the wedding.
His video showed him walking through Spears’ house in search of her, before entering a marquee where flowers were laid out.
He then claimed that the singer invited him over saying, “She’s my first wife, my only wife.”
“He was able to find his way to the property and was confronted by security,” a police spokesperson said.
“An altercation happened with the security guards and that’s where the battery happened…and during the altercation an object was broken, so that’s where the vandalism comes in . And being on private property, trespassing kicks in.”
A judge set his bail at $100,000 (£82,000) and issued a restraining order requiring him to stay at least 100 yards from the pop star for three years.
Days after the ceremony, Spears said she was “still in shock” and added “fairy tales are real” in a series of Instagram posts celebrating her big day.
She also named a number of guests, including “girl crush” Drew Barrymore, Selena Gomez, Madonna and Paris Hilton.
Her parents and sister Jamie-Lynn were not due to be present following the singer’s controversial conservatorship battle, which It’s over after almost 14 years in November.
Photos shared by Spears on Instagram showed her smiling with fitness instructor husband Asghari and partying with guests.
Spears and Asghari met on the set of the video for her 2016 song Slumber Party and got engaged in September 2021 as her conservatorship appeared to be coming to an end.
The controversial legal arrangement that controlled his life and finances was terminated by the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Spears was previously married to Kevin Federline, with whom she shares teenage sons Sean and Jayden.
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