Britney Spears’s father, James P. Spears, who agreed earlier this summer season to ultimately step down from his personal function within the conservatorship that has overseen her funds and managed a lot of her life since 2008, filed a petition on Tuesday asking the courtroom to “now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.”
The submitting marked a turnaround for Mr. Spears, who lengthy insisted that the guardianship — which was imposed 13 years in the past amid considerations over the singer’s psychological well being and attainable drug use — was in his daughter’s greatest curiosity. Last month, he stated he would ultimately step other than his function overseeing the singer’s funds as soon as there could possibly be “an orderly transition to a new conservator,” however argued that he shouldn’t be instantly eliminated. Until now, he has not stated that the conservatorship ought to finish, one thing that Ms. Spears introduced she wished publicly for the primary time in a June courtroom listening to, when she referred to as the association “abusive.”
“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” Mr. Spears’s lawyer, Vivian Lee Thoreen, wrote within the new submitting. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
Ms. Spears, 39, has not but filed her personal formal petition to finish the conservatorship; she has, nonetheless, requested the choose to take away her father as conservator of her property. He has not served as her private conservator since September 2019, when Jodi Montgomery, a licensed skilled conservator, took over on an ongoing momentary foundation.
Mr. Spears’s lawyer wrote that Ms. Spears had lately “demonstrated a level of independence that calls into question whether a conservatorship of the person is required.” Ms. Thoreen cited information studies that the singer had been driving — one thing she had beforehand been unable to do below the strictures of the conservatorship — and that she had lately chosen her personal counsel, Mathew S. Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor and Hollywood lawyer who took over as Ms. Spears’s consultant in July. When the conservatorship started, Ms. Spears was discovered to be incapable of hiring her personal counsel.
“If Ms. Spears has the capacity and capability to engage counsel on her own, she presumably has capacity and capability to handle other contractual and business matters,” Ms. Thoreen wrote.
In a press release, Mr. Rosengart referred to as the submitting “vindication” for Ms. Spears. “To the extent Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, he is incorrect and our investigation into financial mismanagement and other issues will continue,” he stated.
As a motion among the many singer’s followers often known as #FreeBritney grew on-line, arguing that the conservatorship ought to finish, Mr. Spears persistently defended his administration of his daughter’s life. In the courtroom submitting, his lawyer once more maintained that the association “helped Ms. Spears get through a major life crisis, rehabilitate and advance her career, and put her finances and her affairs in order.”
But, his lawyer wrote, the scenario had modified when Ms. Spears spoke out fervently in opposition to the conservatorship. In June, Ms. Spears advised the courtroom that her father “loved” his management over her life and must be in jail for his actions as conservator. She has vowed not to carry out so long as her father is in cost.
As lately as final month, Mr. Spears had fought Ms. Spears’s efforts to take away him from the association and sought to deflect blame for Ms. Spears’s complaints on different individuals with duties, together with Ms. Montgomery, who has opposed Mr. Spears’s continued involvement within the conservatorship.
But within the new submitting, Mr. Spears’s lawyer wrote that the singer ought to give you the option to select her personal physician and handle her remedy. He additionally supported Ms. Spears’s request that the conservatorship finish and not using a medical analysis, which specialists have stated is unlikely.
Over the years, Ms. Spears has raised questions in regards to the health of her father to function her conservator, citing his struggles with alcoholism. Confidential courtroom data obtained by The New York Times indicated that as early as 2014, she stated that she wished to discover eradicating her father as conservator; in 2016 the singer advised an investigator that she wished the association terminated as quickly as attainable. She began publicly calling for its finish in her uncommon public look in courtroom in June, the place she advised the choose overseeing her case, “I just want my life back.”
The subsequent listening to within the case is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Liz Day contributed reporting.