A judge has rejected Britney Spears’ request to remove her father from his guardianship – at least for now.
New court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday show the judge dismissed Spears’ attorney Samuel Ingham III’s request to dismiss his father, Jamie Spears, as the sole Tory. These documents are not in direct response to last week’s hearing, where Spears gave explosive testimony; Although Spears gave a powerful 24-minute statement, the judge cannot make any decision based on what she said as she still has not filed a motion to end her guardianship.
“The Registrar’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately after the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole registrar of the estate is dismissed without prejudice,” court documents filed Wednesday said.
The new court records are another legal setback for the singer, but the judge’s refusal is nothing new. Samuel Ingham III had filed for the impeachment of Spears’ father in November 2020, saying his client was “afraid of his father” and would refuse to perform again, if his father continued to be in charge of his career. At that time, Judge Brenda Penny refused to suspend her father from guardianship, although she did not rule out future petitions for his removal or suspension. Also, at that time, the judge appointed the financial company Bessemer Trust as co-custodian.
Today’s documents were only intended for the judge to approve Bessemer Trust as co-curator, but also reiterate the judge’s decision not to remove the elder Spears from the pop star’s tutelage.
However, it is significant that the document was signed by Judge Penny on June 30 – after the singer’s explosive testimony where she told the judge her guardianship was “abusive.”
Last week, Spears gave her 24-minute testimony, marking the first time she has publicly addressed the court in her 13 years of guardianship. Speaking to the judge, Spears said her father enjoys being in control of her life and said she believes her Conservatives, including her father, should be in jail and that she wants to sue her family.
Spears’ case has garnered huge global attention, with increasing pressure to support the pop star and remove her father from tutelage.
Wednesday’s court record indicates that the court found Spears to be “substantially incapable of managing its financial resources or resisting fraud or undue influence.”
Spears’ father has been his co-curator since 2008, when the singer suffered a very public crisis. He became the sole curator in 2019 following the resignation of co-curator lawyer Andrew Wallet. In September 2019, he temporarily relinquished his powers and Jodi Montgomery became his personal curator, meaning she is responsible for Spears’ medical and personal well-being. Spears’ father remains the sole custodian of his estate, handling all of his finances – while earning a large sum of his multi-million dollar annual income, as Spears has continued to record music and perform regularly in his residence in Las Vegas, under his restrictive tutelage.
Earlier today, Variety reported that Spears’ father’s lawyer has filed documents on his behalf, pointing the finger at Montgomery, the father’s point of view being that he loves his daughter, is very worried and has done nothing wrong.
“Mr. Spears is concerned about the management and care of his daughter,” his attorney said in the documents. “Based on his statements in court, Mr. Spears is concerned that Jodi Montgomery’s petition filed by the Court-appointed lawyer for Ms Spears, Samuel D. Ingham III, does not reflect her wishes. Ms Spears told the court on June 23 that she opposed a trusteeship and revealed her ongoing disputes with Ms Montgomery about her medical treatment and other personal care issues.
Montgomery strongly denied the position of the elder Spears with her lawyer who fought back, issuing a statement that she is a “tireless advocate for Britney and her well-being.”
Meanwhile, despite her father’s point of view and the judge’s ruling, the pop star has made her position clear: she wants her father out, and wants to end his guardianship without further assessment.
“I cried on the phone for an hour and he loved every minute,” Spears told the judge, referring to his father. “The control he had over someone as powerful as me – he loved the control of hurting his own daughter 100,000%. He loved her.”
Spears begged the judge, “I just want my life back. And it’s been 13 years. And that’s enough. It’s been a long time since I owned my money. And it is my wish and my dream that this all ends up untested.