- After 13 years, Britney Spears’ father was removed from the role of guardian for his daughter.
- According to media reports, Judge Brenda Penny complied with a request from the singer’s lawyer at a hearing.
- For the 39-year-old singer, this is a huge victory on the way to a self-determined life.
“Britney deserves to wake up tomorrow without her father being a guardian,” attorney Matthew Rosengart said in court, as reported by CNN.
On behalf of Spears, Rosengart has long been lobbying for his father to resign as regent. At the hearing, he called Jamie Spears a “cruel, toxic, and abusive man.”
The court temporarily appointed accountant John Zabel as the guardian of the singer’s finances on Wednesday (local time), the New York Times reported. The guardianship system is still in effect today.
The next hearing is scheduled for November 12, according to TMZ.com. She added that the court could then decide on the possible lifting of all conditions.
Release for Spears
Jamie Spears has been the guardian of his daughter since 2008 after the singer had a mental breakdown due to personal and professional issues. At first he managed to manage millions of dollars and his daughter’s private concerns. In 2019 he resigned, but remained in charge of finances.
At hearings in June and July, Spears vehemently attacked her father in emotional letters and made allegations against her family and caregivers. The singer explained hit songs like “Oops!” …she did it again” or “my love again”. She was threatened and afraid of her father. In some places, the pop star broke into sobs.
Under the supervision of the father
According to a new documentary published in The New York Times, Spears is said to have been under intense surveillance for years under the tutelage of her father. A listening device was installed in her bedroom and the data was transcribed onto her cell phone, according to the documentary “Controlling Britney Spears,” citing materials provided by a former employee of a security firm. With “Britney vs. Spears,” streaming service Netflix released another documentary that includes the allegations this week.
Spears’ case has already attracted a lot of attention with the first New York Times documentary on the topic in the spring. The film “Framing Britney Spears” sparked heated discussions, especially on social networks. Many celebrities and fans then expressed their support for the singer under the hashtag #FreeBritney.
Is the next court case coming?
For 13 years under guardianship, the mother of two continued to stand on stage and raised millions. Her father defended himself in court saying that he only acted in the best interests of his daughter. Rosengart categorically rejected this representation. After the court session, the lawyer told reporters and cheering fans that Britney had suffered a year-long nightmare from her father and others. He was proud of her courage, strength, and unity in this legal battle.
It looks like the fight is going on now. Rosengart said he would prosecute Jimmy Spears and others if they were found to have embezzled or misused the money.
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