LA Court Denies Britney Spears’ Request to Remove Father from Conservatorship
An LA court has denied Britney Spears’ request to remove her father from his role overseeing her conservatorship.
Britney Spears’ lawyer asked to end Jamie Spears control of the singer’s estate, in November 2020.
They said Britney was “afraid of her father” and wanted him removed as her sole conservator – a role he has carried out since 2008.
Although the request has been denied, the ruling is not a response to Britney Spears’ explosive testimony in court last week.
Speaking for 23 minutes, she said she had been drugged, forced to perform against her will and prevented from having children.
“I just want my life back,” the star said, via phone, as she asked the court to end her conservatorship.
However, the judge cannot make a ruling based on Britney Spears’ statement until she files a formal petition to terminate the arrangement.
The documents filed on June 30 refer only to the November request, in which Spears asked for the private wealth management firm the Bessemer Trust to be appointed as her “sole conservator”.
Although Judge Brenda Penny refused to remove Jamie Spears from his position, she did agree to the Bessemer Trust’s role as co-conservator of Britney’s multi-million dollar estate.
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In a separate development, Jamie Spears’ lawyers have asked the court to investigate Britney’s claims of abuse.
The LA court system has also ended a scheme allowing members of the press to listen to court proceedings remotely, after audio of Spears testimony was recorded and leaked online.
The move comes a week after Britney Spears delivered a blistering attack on the “abusive” conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years.
She told a judge she was traumatized and cried every day, adding: “I deserve to have a life.”
Britney Spears also said she had been denied the right to have more children and was put on the psychiatric drug lithium against her wishes.
The mother of two said she wanted to marry her boyfriend and have another baby, but the conservatorship would not allow her to. She claimed she was prevented from having a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) removed so she could get pregnant.
Dozens of fans gathered outside court, holding signs that read “Free Britney now!” and “Get out of Britney’s life!”
Jamie Spears’ lawyers have denied he was responsible for the restrictions apparently placed on his daughter’s private life.
While the 68-year-old has overseen her estate for 13 years, he has not actually been in charge of her personal affairs since September 2019, when he stepped down from that role due to ill health.
He was replaced on a temporary basis by Jodi Montgomery, the singer’s care-giver.
On June 29, Jamie Spears’ lawyers requested an inquiry into his daughter’s testimony.
His lawyers said he had no intention of returning as Britney’s personal conservator, but said he was “concerned ” about her well-being.