American pop singer Britney Spears asked the judge on Wednesday to end the court supervision that has controlled her life and money since 2008.
At a hearing in Los Angeles, California, she made a dramatic request, which was her first sentence in an open court during her 13-year existence.
Spears called the regulator “abusive” and condemned her father and others who controlled it.
“I just want to go back to my life,” she said. “I’m not here to be anyone’s slave.”
“I was traumatized. I’m not happy, I can’t sleep,” she said. “I’m very angry and cry every day,” she added.
“I want to end this supervision without being evaluated,” Spears said on the phone. In a long, emotional, and sometimes profane speech, she condemned the legal arrangement and her father. , Her father controlled it most of the time.
“This kind of regulation does more harm than good to me,” she said. “I deserve to have such a life.”
The pre-teen now appears to say that she wants to get married again and have children. But she said she had a contraceptive device that she wanted to take out, but she was not allowed to see a doctor, “because they didn’t want me to have a baby.”
Spears said: “All I want is to have my money, to make it all over, so that my boyfriend can drive me in his car.”
In a written statement that lasted more than 20 minutes, Spears revealed many details that had been kept tightly by the court for many years.
When the lawyer representing her co-protector said that if private medical information was to be disclosed, the hearing and transcript should be sealed, Spears shouted to her and said her words should be made public.
“They interfered with my life, so I think this should be an open court hearing, and they should listen to what I have to say,” Spears said.
She went on to say that after the failed rehearsal of her plan to live in Las Vegas in 2019, she was forced to take lithium against her wishes, and the plan was subsequently cancelled.
She said that all she did was disagree with part of the choreography of the show.
“I’m not here to be anyone’s slave,” she said. “I can say no to the dance steps.”
Spears was interrupted once by the judge and once by the court reporter. Both told her to speak slowly.
Approximately 100 fans from the so-called #FreeBritney movement gathered outside the courtroom before the hearing, holding signs that read “Free Britney now!” And “Get out of Britney’s life!”
Spears said that none of her previous appearances in court had been heard, and all of these were kept secret from the public.
The judge thanked her for her remarks, which she called “brave” but did not comment further.
Other lawyers in the room also said that this is not a place for them to respond to their remarks, but agree that they are brave. James Spears’ lawyer asked to adjourn the meeting to discuss with her client.
Jennifer Preston, 33, traveled across the country from Richmond, Virginia to attend the hearing because she said, “I am a mom and I am a fan.”
“We are here to hear what she has to say,” Preston said. “For the past 13 years, she has been treated like a child. She has no control over her life or financial situation, even though she is clearly capable of doing these things.”
Her court-appointed lawyer Samuel Ingham III asked the pop star to speak to the court at the hearing in April. He said that Spears has not formally asked him to submit a petition to terminate supervision.
When she experienced a mental health crisis in 2008, the regulatory agency was in place. She thinks it saves her from the economic crisis and makes her a top pop star.
Her father and his lawyer emphasized that she and her property (court records show more than $50 million) are still vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. According to the law, Spears has the responsibility to prove that she is capable before the case is over.
The case was adjourned on Wednesday without a decision.