Britney Spears demands her father be charged with conservatorship abuse

Britney Spears was placed under conservatorship of her father in 2008, however, Spears has recently demanded that her father be removed from the legal agreement.

On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, Britney Spears telephonically appeared in court to demand that her father, Jamie Spears be removed from the legal agreement which has controlled her life for over 13 years. Spears has been under a conservatorship managed by her father since her infamous breakdown 12 years ago, which led to her rehabilitation and hospitalization.

According to the California Court’s official website, a conservatorship is where a judge appoints an individual or organization to care for another adult who is unable to care for themselves, or manage their own finances. Britney was placed under conservatorship after her public breakdown in 2008. She was put under a “5150 hold” in a psychiatric hospital for a mental health evaluation, after a year of unstable behaviour. At the time, Jamie demanded for an emergency “temporary conservatorship”, as his daughter was unable to properly care and manage herself during her mental health struggles.

Jamie was given the legal right to oversee and make decisions regarding Britney’s health, business deals, finances and personal life, which he managed until 2019. Britney’s fans have been suspicious of the conservatorship terms for a long time, and they often questioned whether it was in Britney’s best interest. A social media campaign, #FreeBritney and the website, FreeBritney.net, were both launched in 2009, where fans stated that they believe that Britney does not need a conservatorship this far into her life and career.

On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, Spears won the right to choose her own lawyer to help her end a 13-year-long conservatorship. Britney stated, “You are allowing my dad to ruin my life. I have to get rid of him and charge him with conservatorship abuse.” She continued to list a series of grievances, before admitting that she has always been extremely scared of her father.

Mathew Rosengart has been confirmed as the singer’s new lawyer, replacing Samuel Ingham, who was appointed by the court in 2008. Spears stated that Ingham did not do enough to help her end the conservatorship, which Rosengart is expected to do now. Spears took to Instagram after the hearing, stating, “I feel gratitude and blessed. Thank you to my fans who are supporting me. You have no idea what it means to me. God bless you all!”