Britney Spears’ father said in a new court case Thursday that he was “very concerned” about the “dangerous rhetoric” around his guardianship, the legal arrangement that has given him and others the control over the life and money of the pop star.
In a document filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Jamie Spears appeared to respond to growing public criticism against him by asking the court to dismiss a claim by Jodi Montgomery, the current curator of the singer’s personal life. 39, for an order directing him to use his daughter’s money to pay for Montgomery’s security expenses.
Public interest in the Spears case was rekindled in February when the New York Times published the documentary Coaching Britney Spears, who questioned Jamie’s continued control over his daughter’s financial and physical well-being.
Last month, Britney Spears made international headlines when she called the court-mandated arrangement “abusive” in a public hearing, saying it had prevented her from exercising a wide range of rights. set of inherent rights, such as getting into her boyfriend’s car and having him The IUD was removed so that she could have another baby.
His comments reinvigorated fans who rallied around #FreeBritney – and locked Jamie away – and sparked an uproar across the world. Political leaders like Senator Elizabeth Warren are now questioning the country’s trusteeship systems, as fans and others attack the Spears family. Last month, talk show host Wendy Williams shouted “Death to all” in her reaction to the singer’s testimony.
In his Thursday filing, Jamie Spears made it clear that the scrutiny and rhetoric scared him.
“Mr. Spears is very concerned about the situation that has been developing for many months and the dangerous rhetoric that has been circulating for some time about the Conservatory,” his lawyers wrote.
Jamie, who has been in charge of his daughter’s estate throughout the guardianship, is no stranger to the “threatening communications” Montgomery cited as reasons for needing 24/7 physical security. / 7, his lawyers said. They argued that it “has been the subject of countless continuing threats” for years.
However, his attorneys said if the court granted Montgomery’s request, it would be fair that “everyone who claims to be threatened” be provided with the same services.
The cost for the estate of services requested by Montgomery could exceed $ 50,000 per month, according to Jamie’s attorneys.
“Mr. Spears does not think such an expense is reasonable, necessary, or an appropriate conservation expense,” the file said.
Montgomery’s lawyers on Wednesday asked the court to order Jamie Spears to pay his security expenses, saying that following the singer’s testimony “there was a marked increase in the number and severity of the messages. threatening “. Under guardianship, Spears’ father is demanding that Montgomery get court approval to pay for security, his lawyers said.
“The cost of physical security, although deemed urgent and necessary at the present time to [Montgomery], is prohibitive for [her] to bear personally, “wrote his lawyers.
But Jamie’s lawyers questioned whether the extra security was really needed, noting that Montgomery contacted local law enforcement, who added him to their patrol.
“Again, 24/7 coverage by a private security company is probably not required where others are already watching or other protections are already in place – which is the exact situation here. “, wrote his lawyers.
Britney Spears’ court-appointed lawyer Samuel Ingham, who informed the court this week that he was resigning from the case, also received “threatening communications”, as did his father and his lawyer, according to the file. .
“To be clear, the foregoing discussion is in no way intended to minimize the threats to Ms. Montgomery or anyone else, but rather to enable the Court to make an informed decision given the significant cost, number of people affected and the burden. potential in the field of conservation ”, indicates the file.