Britney Spears’ father filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, in the United States, to end the judicial protection that has allowed him to control the life and money of the singer for 13 years.
“As Mr. Spears has said over and over again, all he wants is the best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Mrs. Spears wants to end the guardianship and thinks she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears thinks she should have that opportunity.”
Judge Brenda Penny, who is supervising the case, must approve the measure, on the other hand, nor there was an immediate response to an email seeking comment from Britney Spears’ attorney.
James Spears had been the target of much of the anger surrounding the guardianship of both his daughter and the public. A petition from Britney Spears’ attorney to remove him was to be heard at the next hearing in the case on September 29.
James Spears said in a presentation on August 12 that planned to resign as conservator of his finances, but did not offer a date. He gave up his control over his life decisions in 2019, keeping only his role as monitor your money.
He has repeatedly said that there is no justification for his removal and that he has acted solely in the best interest of his daughter.
The guardianship was established in 2008 when Britney Spears began having very public mental struggles as the media became obsessed with every moment, hordes of paparazzi aggressively followed her everywhere and she lost custody of her children.
Tuesday’s presentation cites how Britney Spears’ “passionate plea” to end the legal settlement in a June 23 court speech shocked those who wanted to see her released, citing that afternoon’s transcript.
“I just want my life back,” Britney Spears said. “And 13 years have passed and it is enough. It has been a long time since I have owned my money. And it is my wish and my dream that all this ends without being tested. “
Tuesday’s filing notes that Spears said she did not know she could file a petition to end the guardianship, which she has yet to do. He says Penny’s decision to allow her to hire her own attorney, Mathew Rosengart, shows that the court entrusts her with the main options. And she says the evidence shows that she has apparently “demonstrated a level of independence” by doing things like driving around Southern California herself.
He also cites his desire to make his own decisions about therapy and other medical care.
Spears had said in her June 23 speech that under guardianship she was forced to take certain medications and use an intrauterine device for birth control against her will.
James Spears called for a judicial investigation of these and other allegations, saying they were matters beyond his control because he had resigned as guardian of his daughter’s person, handing the paper over to court-appointed professional Jodi Montgomery.
Rosengart, Britney Spears’ new attorney, said when he was hired in July that he intended to help end the guardianship and questioned whether it was necessary to establish it in the first place, although he had not yet filed an application to terminate it.
Instead, he said his first priority was to get rid of James Spears, whom he challenged to resign on the spot in his first court appearance.
Rosengart filed for the removal of James Spears on July 26, alleging that he had mismanaged his daughter’s money and affairs, and suggesting that he had used the guardianship for his own gain. The judge denied him an emergency hearing on the matter, saying he could be heard in due course in September.
The attorney said he appreciated James Spears’ indication that he would eventually resign, but said that would not delay his efforts to remove him.
Spears credited the initial existence of the conservatorship with keeping her career afloat, though she has now put her job completely on hold for more than two years.
Fans who objected to their circumstances and saw what they believed to be pleas for help on the pop star’s Instagram posts began calling #FreeBritney online and began appearing outside of court hearings to protest.
Famous names, from Miley Cyrus to Britney Spears ‘ex Justin Timberlake, have joined the clamor in recent months, especially after Spears’ pair of passionate court speeches in June and July.
Penny, the judge with the supreme power over guardianship, did not seem inclined to end it sooner, but she has not been presented with such a clear opportunity.