Britney Spears’ conservatorship case seems far from over as her lawyer pointed out that her father Jamie is trying to hold her hostage by setting terms for his departure.
Although Britney Spears is one of the most successful music icons in decades, her assets, estate, and business affairs were under her father’s control for over ten years.
Britney’s conservatorship arrangement didn’t end even after Jamie Spears stepped down as her conservator in September 2019 due to health issues. At the time, her longtime manager Jodi Montgomery took his place.
Promotional photo of Britney Spears for her "I Am Britney Jean" documentary and Jamie Spears on March 10, 2008 | Photo: Getty Images
The following year, Britney asked the court to permanently remove Jamie as a co-conservator of her estate, but her petition was denied. Jamie doesn’t want to go anywhere, either.
This July, Montgomery claimed Jaimie spent over $2 million of Britney’s money for his defense in his attempt to stay in control of his daughter’s estate.
Britney Spears in Manhattan on September 29, 2008 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
On August 12, Jamie filed a legal salvo that he described as a “transition process” and said he would voluntarily resign “when the time is right” and on certain conditions.
In total, Jamie is trying to get close to $2 million in legal fees and payments to other third parties. According to Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart, Jamie’s conditions are both inappropriate and unacceptable.
Throughout the whole legal process, different celebrities have shown support to the #FreeBritney movement.
Rosengart, who pointed out Jamie’s departure as a conservator was “inexorable,” said that the “status quo” was no longer tolerable, and Britney would not be extorted.
He added that if Jamie really loved his daughter, resigning as soon as possible – specifically before he gets suspended – was the “correct and decent thing to do.” Rosengart added:
“Britney Spears will not be bullied or extorted by her father. Nor does Mr. Spears have the right to try to hold his daughter hostage by setting the terms of his removal.”
Different celebrities have supported the #FreeBritney movement throughout the legal process, including Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Halsey, who admitted to admiring her courage to speak up for herself against the "abusive system."
In late August, though, Britney made headlines for supposedly attacking her housekeeper during an altercation. The incident is still under investigation.
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