Britney Spears questioned a Los Angeles court last week, calling the arrangement that her father ruled her life for 13 years “abusive.” A judge has now rejected the singer’s request to remove her father from guardianship, TMZ and Variety reported on Wednesday.
According to documents obtained by the two publications, Spears’ attorney Samuel D. Ingham III filed the petition in November 2020, claiming that Spears was “afraid” of his father, James (Jamie) Spears, who is also his. conservative. At the time, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Brenda Penny refused to remove James Spears as curator, but appointed a financial firm, Bessemer Trust, as co-curator.
Follow-up documents for this to happen have been filed more recently. This is the document Penny signed, reaffirming a decision, taken in November, to let Spears’ father remain a co-curator.
According to court documents cited by TMZ and Variety, a request by James Spears to suspend the appointment of wealth management firm Bessemer Trust Company was “denied without prejudice”. However, on Thursday, it was learned that Bessemer Trust had filed a request to withdraw from its role as co-custodian, citing a “change of circumstances”.
“Following the testimony of the conservative at the hearing on June 23 … the petitioner learned that the conservative opposes the maintenance of her guardianship and wishes to end the guardianship,” the company said in the court file cited by New York. Time. “The petitioner has heard from the curator and respects her wishes.”
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“I told the world that I’m happy and that it’s okay,” Spears said. “I’m traumatized. I’m not happy I can’t sleep … I’m so angry it’s crazy … It’s not okay to force myself to do something I don’t want I really believe this tutelage is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live fully. “
In response, her father asked the court to investigate her allegations.
“Either the allegations will prove to be true, in which case corrective action will have to be taken, or they will prove to be false, in which case the guardianship can continue its course,” he said in a court request obtained by CNN.
The case of Spears’ guardianship became widespread this year after the release of a New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears on February 5. Friends, supporters, former employees and reporters all spoke on camera about Spears’ life, career and campaign to end or adjust her tutelage. In its wake, a #freebritney movement has mobilized online with fans.
Jamie Spears has been his daughter’s curator since his public split in 2008. According to the Variety report, he became the sole curator in 2019, after attorney Andrew Wallet resigned as co-curator. In 2019, Jodi Montgomery was appointed Temporary Curator of Her Person – responsible for Spears’ welfare while Jamie Spears retained control of her finances.
He believes Montgomery, who was appointed after an earlier petition from Spears ‘attorney, is to blame for Spears’ current situation.
“Based on his statements in court, Mr Spears is concerned that the motion for the appointment of Jodi Montgomery filed by Ms Spears’ court-appointed lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III does not reflect his wishes,” said Jamie Spears’ lawyer.
Ingham did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
For his part, Spears simply wants his father and guardianship removed. “I just want my life back,” she said. “And it’s been 13 years. And that’s enough.”