Britney Spears is one step closer to removing her father from her conservatorship.
Yesterday, a judge denied her father’s objections to how the conservatorship should be delegated. Spears filed a court petition last year to remove her father entirely. She wants to place a financial institution as the sole conservator of her estate, effectively removing her father. Spears’ lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, argued that the singer is afraid of her father, Jamie Spears.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny denied that petition. But she did appoint Bessemer Trust to serve as co-conservator alongside Jamie Spears. Now, new objections raised by Jamie Spears over that arrangement have been rejected. One of those objections asked that Jamie Spears have the power to delegate investments.
“There’s no intent or desire to create unequal power or decision-making between the two, your honor,” Spears’ lawyer argued. “This is a way to make it consistent and to not take away powers that Mr. Spears as a conservator had.” Now that the judge denied the objection, Jamie Spears and Bessemer Trust must work together on a budget and investment proposal for Britney Spears’ estate.
Jamie Spears has been Britney Spears’ legal conservator for 12 years now. Another hearing on the conservatorship is scheduled for next month. Jamie Spears’ lawyer argues that he has been nothing but professional. But a new documentary, ‘Framing Britney Spears’ paints a different light.
“My client Jamie Spears has diligently and professionally carried out his duties as one of Britney’s conservators, and his love for his daughter and dedication to protecting her is clearly apparent to the court,” says Vivian Thoreen, a lawyer for Jamie Spears.
Since news of her struggles with the conservatorship broke, fans have started the #FreeBritney movement. It seeks an end to the conservatorship dominated by Britney Spears’ father.
The social media movement alleges that James Spears has abused what was meant to be a temporary situation. The documentary on Hulu interviewed several activists behind the movement, as well as a former assistant of Britney Spears.
After the #FreeBritney movement went viral online, James Spears defended himself last year. “All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything,” Spears told Page Six at the time. “The world don’t have a clue. It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.”
Britney Spears current boyfriend, Sam Asghari, has spoken out about the situation. “In my opinion, Jamie is a total dick. I won’t be going into details because I’ve always respected our privacy, but at the same time, I didn’t come to this country to not be able to express my opinion and freedom,” he said.