Britney Spears’ bid to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as conservator of her estate has seen quite the setback.
A judge in Los Angeles rejected her most recent attempt, even after Britney’s lawyer said the pop star is “afraid of her father.”
During a hearing on Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend dad Jamie Spears from the conservatorship. She didn’t rule out future petitions for his removal or suspension, though.
Jamie has been daughter Britney’s co-conservator since 2008, following the pop star’s very public breakdown. He began managing her estate exclusively after his co-conservator Andrew Wallet abruptly stepped down in March 2019.
Recently, Britney’s manager Jodie Montgomery took over as the temporary conservator amid the ongoing conservatorship to assist Britney. #FreeBritney fans beware, though: this acting conservator has openly criticized the movement, likening its supporters to conspiracy theorists.
Britney has been in and out of court trying to make changes to the guardianship. Most notably, she wants more personal autonomy in her life. She no longer wants her dad to be the only one in charge of her financial decisions.
The singer reportedly requested that he be removed from the role earlier this year, but his conservatorship was instead extended until February.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Britney’s lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, said that the pop star and her dad have no “viable working relationship” and have not spoken in a “long while.”
He had something else to reveal to the court, though.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” Ingham told the judge. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”
Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, argued that he always acted in the best interests of his daughter. According to her, Britney’s net worth has come out of debt to reach $60 million under Jamie’s conservatorship.
Although Britney’s bid to remove dad Jamie from the conservatorship was denied, the judge didn’t rule out any future petitions for his removal or suspension. So, we’ll likely see Britney returning to court once again. However, if her lawyer’s statement is true, we won’t be seeing Britney return to the stage any time soon.
The singer did get one wish granted, though. Financial company Bessemer Trust has been appointed as a co-conservator, at Britney’s request.
She had another small victory last month, too. She will be allowed to expand her legal team, after a petition request was granted. Jamie had opposed the petition, citing the cost of adding more lawyers.
Meanwhile, the #FreeBritney campaign continues on, with fans claiming that the singer is being controlled by her father against her will.