Brace yourself, Britney fans.
For the time being, a judge has said “no” to Spears’ latest request to remove her father from her controversial conservatorship. As Variety reports, court documents filed by the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday state the judge denied “a months-old request.” It was filed by Samuel Ingham III (Spears’ current attorney) to remove Jamie Spears completely.
But all hope is not lost just yet. These documents reportedly aren’t based on last week’s hearing, where Spears revealed what her 13-year-long conservatorship has really been like. While her harrowing testimony must be taken into account, no official ruling can be made solely on what she said. The latest document reads, “The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of the estate is denied without prejudice.”
Thus far, the 39-year-old pop icon has yet to file a new (and needed) petition to terminate her conservatorship altogether.
In November of 2020, Samuel Ingham III filed a request for Jamie Spears’s removal and stated Spears was “afraid of her father.” He said she refused to perform if he remained in control of the pop star’s life. While the judge declined Britney’s father’s suspension back then, a sliver of progress was made. Judge Brenda Penny ruled that future petitions for his removal or suspension could be filed. But so far, all requests, including this one, have been denied.
Perhaps the most worrisome aspect of her most recent ruling is when it happened. The Judge signed the document on June 30. Just one week earlier, Ms. Spears testified on June 23. Judge Penny stated the ruling was made “without prejudice,” but the timing makes that pretty difficult for fans to believe. After all, anyone who heard Britney Spear’s explosive testimony will likely never forget it.
Britney Testifies On Her Own Behalf For The First Time
In a nearly 30-minute statement, Britney Spears publicly addressed the court (over the phone) about her 13-year conservatorship for the first time. According to Britney, it was also the first time she was telling the full truth. No longer in denial, Spears detailed alleged abuse, trauma, lies from her “team,” and her desire to sue the pants off her family and everyone who took part in her conservatorship.
As many fans suspected, her brave face was just a facade. Those shiny, happy, twirling dance videos on Instagram were indeed an escape from the court-ordered, personal prison she remains stuck inside. And those alleged messages hidden in her posts asking fans for help? Looks like it wasn’t a baseless conspiracy theory after all.
Britney said the last time she addressed the court, she didn’t feel heard. With no one listening, the popstar gave up, but not forever. This time, she wrote it all down and told the judge, “I’ll recap.”
Britney’s Shocking Reveals To The Judge
In her “recap,” she said she’d been forced to tour and her manager threatened to sue if she didn’t. Under the conservatorship, she couldn’t get an attorney. Spears felt defenseless. On top of that, her heart wasn’t in performing. She’d spent four years in Vegas and needed a break that no one would permit. When she asserted herself, she was deemed unstable.
Britney explained, “I was told at the time, the therapist, Dr. Benson, who died, that my manager called him that moment and told him that I wasn’t cooperating.” She added, “and he also said that I wasn’t taking my medication,” which Spears says is a lie.
The pop star claims she was told she could postpone the tour if she wanted, so she took the rare opportunity. But her therapist swooped in and said he had “millions” of calls saying she “was not cooperating” again. Then he put her on lithium–a medication that Spears did not wish to take.
Britney Says She’s “Not A Slave”
Beyond the stage, Britney said her “so-called team” controlled every aspect of her life. Her doctor and six nurses were sent to her home “to monitor” her and make sure she took the “new medication.” For a month, she was housebound. It wouldn’t be the first time that happened–or the last. According to Spears, her family did nothing to help her and her father “was all for it.” She claims he’s the one who approved all of it: her being sent to rehab sober, against her will and on her own dime; being cut off from her friends, boyfriend, and children; and for 14 traumatizing years, being “punished” or “evaluated” anytime she said no.
And let’s be real, having your sanity questioned on a daily basis for over a decade is enough to drive even the sanest person crazy.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, Spears alleged those who’ve been pulling her strings and reaping all the benefits wanted to control her reproductive rights, too. Britney claims she was not allowed to get married or have children.
With all of her choices stripped away, her immediate list of “wants” was short and simple. Britney told the judge she wants to go to therapy once a week, she wants to visit her friends who live eight minutes away, she wants control over her own money, and she wants her boyfriend to drive her around in his car. She doesn’t want to keep working for and paying the people who deem her unfit to run her own life and she’s over being controlled.
But above all else, Spears says she just wants “to move forward.”
What Happens Next?
After Judge Penny’s latest ruling, moving forward still sounds like a distant dream for Britney Spears. Along with her lengthy list of troubling allegations, Britney explained how the court-ordered control has detrimentally impacted her mental, physical, and spiritual health over time. Spears says she’ll never fully trust anyone again.
For now, we must wait and watch the battle with her father unfold. Through her testimony, Spears finally took the glare of that relentless spotlight and shined it back on those who forced her into it. She told the uncensored truth without permission from anyone but herself. That’s progress. Legally, it might’ve been a small step in a series of many, but it was a notably big one for the pop star. For the first time in far too long, Britney Spears was heard loud and clear, and she definitely sounded stronger than yesterday.
Britney Spears’ conservatorship is an issue that won’t be easily dropped. It’s not just the fans, celebrities, and activists who are rallying now. However, we might not be here without those in the #FreeBritney movement. Thanks to her fans’ undying support, documentaries like Framing Britney Spears, and her recent testimony, those who claim to know what’s best for Spears will now be closely examined themselves.