Britney Spears’ lawyer says she is afraid of her father and will not resume her music career as long as he has power over her.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny refused to suspend James Spears from his central role in the conservatorship that has controlled her daughter’s life and career for 12 years, as requested by Britney Spears’ attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, at the contentious hearing.
But the judge said she would consider future petitions for her suspension or full removal, which Ingham plans to file.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” Ingham told the judge. “He will not act again if his father is in charge of his career.”
James Spears’ attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, defended what she said was her perfect record on her career as his curator, which has seen her net worth go from being in debt to more than $ 60 million.
Thoreen argued that the disruption caused by her removal would do her the same harm that the suspension should avoid.
“I don’t think there is a shred of evidence to support my client’s suspension,” he said.
Thoreen also objected to Ingham’s statements about the father-daughter relationship as an inadmissible rumor.
The judge approved that a corporate trustee, the Bessemer Trust, now serve as a co-conservator of her estate alongside her father, which Britney Spears had requested.
Most of the attorneys involved, along with Britney Spears’ parents, participated in the hearing by phone and video conference. The pop princess did not attend in any way.
Britney Spears is under guardianship
According to information confirmed to La Verdad Noticias, the guardianship began in 2008 when she was having serious mental problems and, often, a public collapse.
The settlements are typically limited to people with a severely impaired ability to make decisions for themselves, and are intended to be temporary, but Britney Spears, 38, has remained under the control of the court longer than expected.
Ingham on Tuesday called her a “high-functioning ward” who deserves at least one notification of the actions her father is taking, which he has refused to provide.
Ingham said that Spears hasn’t spoken to her father in a long time.
Thoreen argued that the reason father and daughter have not communicated is because Ingham has prevented it.
Britney Spears has acknowledged that guardianship was necessary when she started, and it likely saved her career, and she remained silent both in public and in court for most of her existence, with her attorney acting primarily as a neutral observer.
But beginning in August, she began to publicly seek to choose who had power over her, calling for greater transparency in the court’s often-secret moves, and even stating that she sympathized with fans who have increasingly demanded in protests and online posts. that those in control should #FreeBritney.
Dozens of those fans protested in front of the downtown Los Angeles courthouse as they do at every Spears hearing, and some, wearing #FreeBritney face masks, sat in the courtroom they barely attended due to the spacing guidelines of the coronavirus.
During most of the guardianship, James Spears also served as conservator of not only his daughter’s finances, but her person as well, giving him great control over her life decisions. He temporarily resigned from that position last year, citing health reasons, and Britney Spears has requested that her temporary replacement, Jodi Montgomery, be permanent.
In the documents requesting the suspension of James Spears, Britney Spears said that she had no intention of working with the Bessemer Trust as a co-conservator, and that she intended to “retain full functional control of its assets, books and records in the face of objections. Britney. ”
She also cited her recent failure to notify her that her business manager had resigned and appointed a new one.
James Spears’ attorneys argued that by appointing a new business manager, he was only maintaining the continuity of his daughter’s business and doing his job as a conservator, and had no legal requirement to inform her of his movements.
His lawyers said in court documents that his “only motivation has been his unconditional love for his daughter and a fierce desire to protect him from those who try to take advantage of him.”
Most of the proceedings in Spears’s guardianship have been closed to the public, making Tuesday’s hearing a rare glimpse into the family drama that takes place behind the scenes.
Britney Spears ‘mother and James Spears’ ex-wife Lynne Spears, who was allowed to participate as an interested party, said through her attorney that their daughter should not be forced to obey her father’s unreasonable demands, rating her “toxic” relationship. ”
“Lynne is heartbroken that things have gotten to this point,” said attorney Gladstone N. Jones.
Jones said Lynne Spears has no ill will toward her ex-husband, but believes it is “time to start over” and get him out.