Britney Spears Has Big Victory In Conservatorship Case As Judge Allows Her To Hire Own Attorney
Jul 15, 2021 by apost team
A judge has ruled that Britney Spears can now choose her own lawyer in the fight to end her conservatorship. This news comes as a welcome change for Spears, who had been dealt with a blow after a judge denied her request to end her controversial conservatorship even after her explosive testimony. Spears addressed the court a second time in less than a month on July 14, 2021, over the phone in Los Angeles where she once again demanded that her father be removed as a conservator.
Like many celebrities who have felt the glare of fame from a young age, Spears went through a tumultuous time in the late 2000s. Constantly being plagued by cameras and paparazzi is not easy to manage no matter how much experience you have, but Spears was overcome by the difficulties. Her public 'breakdown' in 2007 made her an object of public scrutiny for years.
Her erratic behavior also led to her father becoming her legal conservator. A conservatorship is usually granted for individuals who are unable to make their own decisions, like those with dementia or other mental illnesses — and Britney's father has essentially managed her life and finances for more than 13 years.
With the release of the documentary "Framing Britney Spears" in February 2021 and the ongoing "Free Britney" movement that calls into question the continued need for her legal conservatorship, Spears has become a major figure in the media recently.
The star finally spoke out about the current state of her conservatorship and addressed the court herself Wednesday, June 23, 2021, for the first known time in more than two years, and revealed shocking details about her treatment by her family during her conservatorship. However, her request was denied by a judge on July 1, 2021.
The Guardian reported that Britney spoke to a judge over the phone in a hearing in Los Angeles and gave an emotional testimony once again, during which time she once again revealed shocking details about the state of her conservatorship. In her emotional appeal, she said, "I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse." She also added that she wanted an investigation into her father, Jamie Spears, and wanted a restraining order issued against him. “I was always extremely scared of my dad,” the singer told the judge.
As Britney spoke, the room was packed with reporters and fans who heard her make her case for ending her conservatorship. She alleged at the time that her vitamins and her coffee were taken from her, during which she was in tears as she said "Ma’am, that’s not abuse, that’s just [expletive] cruelty. Excuse my language but it’s the truth."
She also added, "They were always trying to make me feel like I’m crazy, which I’m not."
Britney also told the court that she was forced to take medication against her will, which made her fear for her life. "I think they were trying to kill me," the singer said.
Britney made it clear to the court that she wanted the complex legal arrangement of her conservatorship terminated without facing an evaluation, but brought to point that her top priority was removing her father completely from the arrangement and that Jodi Montgomery, a professional conservator, could continue to manage it.
"My dad needs to be removed today and I will be happy with Jodi helping me … I’m not willing to sit with anyone to be evaluated," she said.
Britney broke down in tears as she recounted the intense control her father exercised over her, including the fact that he had taken away her driver's license for eight months. However, her father's attorney, Vivian Thoreen, has defended Jamie's record and refused to accept that Britney's recollections are correct.
Thoreen said, "Mr Spears has been involved since day one. He has been there for his daughter 24-7 … He loves his daughter and only wants the best for her...Many of her characterizations or memories are just incorrect."
Thoreen also alluded that Jamie would not be resigning voluntarily, and instead cast all the blame on Britney's personal conservator Montgomery, adding that Jamie did not control anything relating to Britney's daily activities or medical care.
Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, had an attorney present who worried about the fighting between lawyers and characterized it as "lawyers gone wild" and said that the "system is broken." In the end, the judge implored all parties to work "collaboratively."
Britney's request to have Mathew S Rosengart as her attorney was approved, and it may be a turning point for the singer's controversial case. Rosengart will reportedly be questioning the very need for the conservatorship in the first place.
Britney's previous lawyer, Sam Ingham, has faced intense scrutiny in the past for saying that she did not know she could petition to terminate the conservatorship, despite Britney's strong objection over the years to end it. Ingham has also been paid millions by the Spears Estate over the years according to The Guardian and has never petitioned to end the conservatorship. Rosengart now acting as Britney's new attorney may be a turning point in this controversial case.Britney Spears (2008), (James Devaney/WireImage/Getty Images)
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