A judge has denied a request by Britney Spears to remove her father as her conservator – for the moment at least.
New documents show that the judge has responded to a request made by Spears‘ lawyer Samuel Ingham III in November, at which point he said the 39-year-old star was scared of her father, Jamie, and did not want him to manage her multimillion-dollar estate.
While this previous request to remove her father has been denied, the judge’s decision is not in direct response to the explosive and emotional testimony given by the singer in court last week – as Spears is still yet to officially file a petition to end the conservatorship completely.
In court filings from November, which have previously been made public, Spears said she wanted private wealth management firm the Bessemer Trust appointed as “sole conservator”.
But the new document, filed on 30 June, shows that Judge Brenda Penny refused the request while rubber-stamping Bessemer Trust’s role as co-conservator.
The legal document states: “The conservatee’s request to suspend James P Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company Of California, NA as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice.”
However, there will be more to come following Spears’ dramatic testimony in court – a hearing she requested was held publicly after months of many taking place in private.
In a speech given remotely to the court in Los Angeles, the star described the controversial arrangement that has controlled her life for 13 years as “abusive”, and likened the way she is treated to victims of sex trafficking.
Spears claimed that she had been denied any privacy, was not allowed to remove her contraceptive device, and had been stopped from marrying her boyfriend.
“I want my life back,” she told the court.
Spears father Jamie has been her conservator – giving him control of most of her personal and financial decisions – for the majority of the time since she suffered a mental breakdown in 2008.
Following the star’s evidence, in which she alleged she was given medication without her consent, her father filed a petition to investigate her claims.
His team asked the court to “investigate the veracity of the allegations made”, which he has repeatedly denied, saying he only wants the best for his daughter.
Mr Spears also suggested that Jodi Montgomery – who was made his co-conservator in 2019 and put in charge of Britney’s personal and medical decisions, while he remains in control of finances – should be looked into.
In his petition, he claimed to be “concerned about the management and care of his daughter” and said that Ms Montgomery does “not reflect her wishes”.
Following Spears’ testimony, she has received support from the #FreeBritney movement as well as many celebrities, including her former boyfriend Justin Timberlake and her sister Jamie Lynn, who praised her for “using her voice”.
Source: Sky News