BRITNEY Spears is set to break her silence on her conservatorship and speak in court about it for the first time.
The superstar singer’s dad currently controls huge amounts of his daughter’s life and Britney isn’t even allowed to manage her own finances.
The conservatorship was introduced more than a decade ago during Britney’s well-publicised mental health battles – but she is long considered to be functioning at a level that allows her to retake control of her life.
But as the recent Framing Britney documentary explained, a person living under a conservatorship cannot declare themselves fit – it is down to those placed in charge of their life to relinquish the control.
In Britney’s case, fans have accused her dad Jamie Spears of refusing to do that in order to essentially keep her under his control and use her starpower as his own personal cash cow.
The claims have led to the #FreeBritney movement, which has grown around the world, although Britney herself has always been reluctant to discuss the matter in public.
Now that’s changed with Britney reportedly requesting to address a court directly to discuss reclaiming control of her life,
According to CNN, the singer’s attorney Samuel D. Ingham III told a Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday “Britney wants to address the court directly,” adding she would like it to happen within the next month.
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Britney’s lawyer proposed that the hearing be scheduled on an “expedited basis,” preferably within 30 days.
Spears’s lawyer did not say what the 39-year-old singer wants to tell Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny.
However, the judge scheduled a June 23 hearing on the status of the conservatorship.
WHO IS BRITNEY SPEARS’ DAD JAMIE SPEARS?
Jamie Spears has been in control of Britney Spears’ estate and career since 2008.
He was appointed the singer’s guardian and conservator after Britney suffered a breakdown and ended up needing psychiatric treatment in hospital.
But Britney’s lawyers last year filed for her father to be removed as conservator, arguing in a Los Angeles court that Spears was “afraid of her father” but they lost the court battle in November.
WHAT HAS BRITNEY’S LAWYER SAID?
At the most recent hearing into Britney’s case, her lawyer Samuel D Ingham III told a judge in Los Angeles he would file a petition to make the appointment permanent.
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Popstar Britney has also requested that she address the court herself at her next hearing.
According to the New York Times, Mr Ingham said: “The conservatee has requested that I seek from the court a status hearing at which she can address the court directly.”
HOW DID THE CONSERVATORSHIP COME ABOUT?
Jamie Spears had been in control of both the singer’s financial and personal affairs before stepping down from the latter role in September 2019 due to health reasons.
Jodi Montgomery – a care professional – then replaced him on what has been a temporary basis.
WHO IS BRITNEY’S ATTORNEY
Samuel D. Ingham III is a lawyer based in Ojai, California.
He studied at the University of California School of Law and is now a State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust a Probate Law.
In addition, Ingham has been trained and qualified as a mediator by the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
A bio on the laywer’s LinkedIn page reads: “My practice is devoted to court proceedings involving conservatorships and trusts.
“These areas both involve the application of complex laws to challenging family situations.
“Over the years, I have developed a “problem solving” approach to these cases to avoid or minimise litigation and arrive at a cost-effective resolution.”
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