The ongoing legal battle between Britney Spears and her father James Spears reached a new height recently when her attempt to lose his conservatorship was quashed by the Los Angeles Superior Court. This effectively means James continues to be legally responsible for her estate. However, Los Angele Superior Court judge Brenda Penny did appoint financial company Bessemer Trust as a co-conservator. Moreover, she also said that she would consider future petitions for his suspension or outright removal.
Britney Spears’ attorney Samuel D Ingham III told the court, “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.” She has been on a hiatus since 2019. This conservatorship, or guardianship, had around 2008 when the ace performer was struggling with mental health issues and had had multiple rehab stays.
Spears herself has agreed that the conservatorship was necessary when it began and that it probably even saved her career. However, at age 38, a lawful provision that’s usually reserved for people with severely diminished ability to make decisions for themselves, is not applicable according to Spears’ attorney. Moreover, a conservatorship is also something that’s supposed to last for a limited amount of time and the singer hence feels that she deserves having full control back on her finances.
Meanwhile, James Spears’ attorney Vivian Thoreen has argued in court that under her client’s conservatorship, Britney Spears’ net worth has come out of debt to reach $60 million. “I don’t believe there is a shred of evidence to support my client’s suspension,” she said. She also said that the disruption caused by her client’s removal would do Britney the very harm the suspension is meant to prevent.
Starting this August, there was a significant rise of #FreeBritney movement among her fans, following the artist’s various attempts to publicly seek to choose who had power over her. She had started asking for greater transparency in the court’s often-secret moves. The fans, who continue with their demand, were seen outside the Los Angeles Superior Court as well, continuing a similar trend that has been observed through all the hearings related to the case.
Britney Spears’ career has been nothing short of a rollercoaster. She was a child prodigy and was already a signed artist at age 15. Her first two studio albums came in 1999 and 2000, and were not only global successes, but also became two of the best-selling albums of all time. Troubles started around 2006 when pictures surfaced of her driving with her son, Sean, on her lap instead of in a car seat. The same year, she filed for divorce from her husband Kevin Federline, citing irreconcilable differences.
In February of the following year, she stayed in a drug rehabilitation facility in Antigua for less than a day. The night that followed saw her shaving her head with electric clippers at a hair salon in Los Angeles. She was admitted to a few other treatment facilities during the following weeks. The following months saw various attempts by Britney to gain back control of her life, but they couldn’t stop the courts from granting conservatorship of her affairs to her father James Spears.