Britney Spears’ legal team on Monday filed a petition to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as the conservator of her estate, marking another step in the legal battle over control of her life and finances. Britney Spears’ legal team filed the petition asking the court for a new conservator. They claim that Britney is suffering from a “traumatic, depressing, and insane” situation.
Jamie Spears has controlled his daughter’s finances since 2008, and licensed care manager Jodi Montgomery currently controls her personal affairs. Jamie Spears is asked to be replaced by a professional fiduciary. The filing does not seek to terminate the conservatorship in its entirety. However, Britney may request to end it at a later time.
Britney Spears’ legal team alleges in the filing that Jamie Spears has improperly used the singer’s money to enrich himself, including by taking a percentage of her performance revenue that amounts to more than $2 million. The filing also repeats allegations from Britney Spears’ explosive June 23 testimony that she was drugged after refusing to perform.
“Ms. Spears viewed and described the current status quo to be traumatizing and insane,” according to the filing. “Regardless of whether Mr. Spears contests his daughter’s testimony and perception of the status quo, Ms. Spears’s testimony is genuine and makes clear that Mr. Spears’s continued presence as conservator is not in her best interests.”
“Mr. The filing stated that Spears’s lawyer has made public statements that Mr. Spears is devoted to his daughter and wishes the best for her. This Petition shouldn’t be needed, as Mr. Spears should quit voluntarily.
This filing is the first to come from Britney Spears’ new attorney, who was hired after a judge allowed her to choose her own lawyer in mid-July. The previous lawyer she was appointed by the court has resigned. CBS News reached
Jamie Spears but he did not respond immediately to our request. His lawyers stated that Jamie Spears has always done what was best for his daughter. They also claimed that his sole motivation is his love and fierce determination to protect his child from anyone who would harm her.
The filing includes statements by Britney and Montgomery, as well as Lynne, Britney’s mother. Both of these women support Britney’s request for her father to be removed from his role in conservatorship.
Montgomery wrote that she and the medical team “all agree that it would be best for Ms. Spears’ well-being and mental health that her father stop acting as her Conservator.” Lynne claimed that Jamie is incapable of protecting my daughter […], and that he should not be a conservator over my daughter’s estate.
The filing asks that Jason Rubin be named the conservator of Britney’s estate. Rubin is a licensed professional fiduciary.
A Monday hearing was held to discuss security costs for Montgomery. The judge stated that she will rule on the filing late in September according to CBS Los Angeles ..
This petition is a month after Britney spears publicly denounced the conservatorship. She claimed she was made to use drugs and that her privacy was not respected.
” I think that this conservatorship has been abusive. Spears stated at the June hearing that she doesn’t believe she can lead a fulfilling life. Spears stated that she feels bullied, ganged on and alone. “
Zoe Christen Jones and Justin Bey contributed reporting.