Britney Spears’ lawyer resigns from her conservatorship case as scrutiny increases.
Her court-appointed lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, filed the paperwork yesterday. He asks the Los Angeles Superior Court to dismiss him as Spears’ legal representative. “Samuel D. Ingham III hereby resigns as court-appointed counsel for Britney Jean Spears, conservatee, effective upon the appointment of new court-appointed counsel,” the filing reads.
Ingham has been representing Spears since she entered the conservatorship in 2008. The arrangement sees her father, Jamie Spears, as her sole conservator. Spears’ working relationship with her representation came into question after her testimony at a hearing regarding the conservatorship last month.
In that testimony, she told the judge she was forced to work against her will and called the conservatorship “abusive.” She also told the judge that Ingham had advised her not to come forward with her claims regarding the conservatorship. Spears asked the judge for the opportunity to select her own lawyer, instead of having one assigned by the court.
“My lawyer, Sam, has been very scared for me to go forward,” Spears told the court during her testimony. “He told me I should keep it to myself.” Spears also told the judge that she was not informed she could petition to end the conservatorship at any time.
“Ma’am, I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end it. I’m sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn’t know that,” Spears told the judge. Ingham has not responded to any of the claims Spears made during her 24-minute testimony to the judge.
The New York Times published a report last week citing private legal documents about the case. Those documents show Spears has been trying to end her conservatorship for years. She says mismanagement by her father and the extreme legal costs she is forced to incur are reasons enough to end the arrangement.
In November 2020, Ingham filed paperwork on behalf of Spears asking the court to remove her father from the conservatorship. Those documents revealed that Spears is afraid of her father and has refused to perform as long as he administers the conservatorship.
On Monday, Spears’ long-time manager Larry Rudolph resigned after 25 years. Rudolph stated he has not been in direct communication with Spears for over two and a half years and has had no involvement with the conservatorship. Bessemer Trust, the financial organization set to takeover as co-conservator to work in conjunction with her father, has pulled out of the arrangement.