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Britney Spears Is Finally Free From Her Father’s Reign

Britney Spears could see the end of her conservatorship sooner than we thought, as she scores a "massive" triumph in the fight to end the arrangement.
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Updated 9/30/2021

Britney Spears is finally free of dad Jamie Spears’ control! A judge has removed the pop star’s father from her conservatorship, ending his 13-year reign.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny granted Britney’s request to immediately suspend Jamie as conservator of her estate. It brings an end to his role that he has held since the conservatorship was created in 2008.

“Britney deserves to wake up tomorrow without her father as her conservator,” Britney’s attorney, Matthew Rosengart said. “It is what my client wants, it is what my client needs, it is what my client deserves.”

Rosengart also asked the court to appoint John Zabel, a certified public accountant, as temporary conservator to Britney’s estimated $60 million estate. The judge agreed to Zabel’s appointment, as well.

The next hearing has been set for November 12. At this hearing, the judge will consider whether to terminate the conservatorship entirely, based on Jamie’s previously filed petition.

“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,” Jamie’s lawyers wrote in the court docs.

Originally Published 9/08/2021

Britney Spears just scored a huge triumph in the fight to gain her freedom! Dad Jamie Spears filed to end his daughter’s 13-year conservatorship.



Jamie Spears Has Filed to Terminate the Conservatorship

In a move that Britney’s lawyer calls “another legal victory,” Jamie Spears has filed the necessary paperwork with the Los Angeles Superior Court to terminate the conservatorship arrangement.

Jamie stepped down as the conservator of her person in 2019 but has remained in charge of Britney’s finances. Now it looks like he’s stepping away entirely so that the court can “seriously consider” whether the conservatorship is still needed.

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“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,” Jamie’s lawyers wrote in the court docs.

The original petition from Britney’s attorney, Matthew Rosengart, to remove Jamie was to be heard at the next hearing on September 29.

Getting rid of Jamie Spears has been Rosengart’s number one priority. After the pop star chose Rosengart to represent her, his first appearance before the court included challenging Jamie to resign on the spot. It should come as no surprise, then, that the lawyer has called Jamie’s filing a “massive” victory for Britney.

“This filing represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears,” Rosengart said in a statement, according to Elizabeth Wagneiste at Variety.

In August, Jamie said he would voluntarily resign “when the time is right,” as long as there was an “orderly” transition of power and “a resolution of matters pending before the court.” In other words, he was trying to get a couple million for himself and a substantial payout to certain third parties like Tri-Star Sports & Entertainment Group.

According to PEOPLE, Rosengart called Jamie’s requests “[i]nappropriate and unacceptable.”

He also noted that Jamie doesn’t have the right to “hold his daughter hostage by setting the terms of his removal.”

Related: Watch: ‘Framing Britney Spears,’ the Unauthorized Documentary

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Rosengart Isn’t Letting Jamie Spears Off Easy

Jamie may have filed to end the conservatorship, but Rosengart isn’t ready to let Jamie Spears get off easy. He’s ready to investigate Britney’s claims that her dad misspent her money even after the request to end the arrangement.

“It appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath,” Rosengart said, according to the Associated Press. “But as we assess his filing (which was inappropriately sent to the media before it was served on counsel) we will also continue to explore all options.”

Rosengart took over as Britney’s attorney following Sam Ingham’s resignation in July. Ingham wanted to step aside to let a more high-profile attorney help the pop superstar with her case. Both Ingham’s resignation and Rosengart’s appointment were approved by Judge Brenda Penny.

During that same hearing, Britney reportedly broke down, revealing that she’s “extremely scared” of her father.

“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she said.