It’s been a prolonged series of legal blows for Britney Spears’ battle to not only end her conservatorship but have her father, James ‘Jamie’ Spears, removed from the control of her approximately $60 million estates.
However, the #freebritney movement has seen a massive victory as James Spears has officially been suspended as her conservator after a Wednesday hearing in Los Angeles, ruled by Superior Court Judge, Brenda Penny, VICE reports.
Britney Spears first made explosive allegations toward her father’s authoritative role over her estate earlier this year. Her newly appointed attorney, Mathew Rosengart, made it his mission to remove her father as the sole overseer.
Her basis for wanting to end the conservatorship was simple:
“I just want my life back and it’s been 13 years and it’s enough,” Hypebeast recalls her famous quote earlier this year.
“By just keeping the conservatorship going and also keeping my dad [in control] made me feel like I was dead like I didn’t matter like nothing had been done to me like you thought I was lying or something,” she told the court in September.”
In July, Spears had opened up publicly for the first time about the toxic control that the conservatorship had exuded.
Spears had not been allowed to remove her IUD, couldn’t even choose her own diet, and was pressured to work against her will. In 2018, she had been pressured to tour when she didn’t want to.
In terms of her father, Spears alleged that he allowed the toxic treatment, and in some ways, furthered it abusively.
“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” US Magazine recorded. The pop icon also expressed that she was extremely scared of James, and the conservatorship had allowed him to ruin her life.
Things started to look positive for the end of the legal battle after Spears’ new lawyer was appointed, ridding her of Samuel Ingram who had been her legal representative since 2008.
In Wednesday’s court battle, Rosengart had pushed for James’ immediate removal. James in turn denied wrongdoing as VICE reports.
In court filings, Rosengart argued that James Spears had always been unfit for the position.
“Mr Spears was, of course, never fit to serve, for all of the many compelling reasons already contained in the record, ranging from his lack of financial acumen to his bankruptcy, to his reported alcoholism, to the trauma he caused his daughter since her childhood, to the domestic violence restraining order recently issued against him.”
Another damning point for James Spears was a New York Times exposé which conferred that James Spears had utilised a security firm to run surveillance on Britney, including communication monitoring, recording his daughter and tailing her partners.
Penny ruled in favour of Britney’s desire to suspend her father, and John Zabel, a public accountant was positioned to take over as the conservator for the time being.
As for the conservatorship as a whole, the demise of it has not yet been ruled.