On Wednesday, emotional Britney Spears won the victory to end her father’s control of her affairs after a judge ruled that she could appoint her own lawyer to help end the 13-year guardianship arrangement. The superstar condemned the arrangement as “cruel”. “
The controversial arrangement, known as regulation, originated in 2008, allowing Britney’s father Jamie Spears to control her business and personal affairs. He is currently the sole person in charge of her $60 million estate.
“You let my dad ruin my life,” Spears, 39, told the Los Angeles judge over the phone. “I must get rid of my father and accuse him of abusing supervision.”
After talking for about 10 minutes, sometimes angry and upset, Spears said she had been “very scared of my dad.”
She said that she was fed up with multiple psychological assessments and hoped to end supervision without other psychological assessments.
“I’m not a perfect person… but their goal is to make me feel like I’m crazy,” Spears said.
This is the second time Spears has spoken publicly in court. Last month, she called the legal arrangement insulting and stupid in a 20-minute public speech, which sparked interest in regulators around the world, which was initiated by her father after her daughter had a mental health breakdown. The details of Spears’ mental health problems have never been publicly disclosed.
Judge Brenda Penney of the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday approved former federal prosecutor Matthew Rosengart to serve as Spears’ lawyer. The singer’s court-appointed lawyer resigned last week.
Rosengart told AFP on the sidelines of the hearing that he would submit a petition “as soon as possible” requesting the removal of Jamie Spears and recommending that the singer’s father step down.
“We will submit a petition as soon as possible to allow Mr. Spears to leave, but it must be formally reserved by us,” said Rosengart, who once represented Steven Spielberg and Sean Penn.
“As I said in the open court, a very fair question is: Why does Mr. Spears not voluntarily step down? He no longer belongs to this regulatory body. We believe he should voluntarily step down immediately.”
Spears became famous when she was a teenager, and after being hunted by the paparazzi, she suffered a highly public collapse in 2007.
The following year, a California court placed her under custody, and the singer quickly resumed acting, released three albums, appeared on television, and obtained residency rights in Las Vegas.
But in January 2019, she suddenly announced the suspension of performances until further notice.
Her case received more and more public support, from fans shouting outside the court to her music colleagues Christina Aguilera and Madonna, who greeted the news of her substitute lawyer with boisterous cheers.
In a small demonstration in Washington, DC, 34-year-old Patrick Thomas, the head of the recently formed Britney Spears American Band, called the singer’s situation “outdated.”
“This is not just about Britney alone. It’s about everyone else trapped in one of them. I call it a prison,” Thomas said. His team is pushing for congressional hearings and federal oversight. Supervision.
In the first comment to the court in June, Spears complained that she could not get married or have more children, and said she was forced to take medication against her will.
Spears said that she was forced to perform under the threat of a lawsuit, and she was not even allowed to change clothes or drive her own car in private.
“I just want to go back to my life. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough,” she said.
Since then, many of the central figures in the management of Spears’ affairs have alienated themselves, including Samuel Ingham (the lawyer appointed by the court shortly after her collapse) and long-term manager Larry Rudolph ( Larry Rudolph).
Jamie Spears’ lawyers were not opposed to appointing a new lawyer for his daughter, but told the court that Spears’ claim that her father was responsible for all the bad things that happened to her was “the farthest thing from the truth”.
The lawyer said he would not step down voluntarily, saying that Spears’ father “has been there 24/7 for the past 13 years” and again called on the court to investigate the singer’s abuse allegations.