“Toxic” isn’t simply the title of considered one of Britney Spears‘ biggest hit singles: It also might be the best way to describe her relationship with dad Jamie Spears as the two have locked horns amid her ongoing conservatorship battle. But now, it seems Jamie may finally be acknowledging just how “Overprotected” his daughter has been under the long-running legal arrangement that has left her unable to make her own personal, professional and financial decisions. On September 7, Jamie submitted a petition to the court stating that he’s in favor of Britney’s conservatorship being dropped at an finish.

“Recent events related to this conservatorship have called into question whether circumstances have changed to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist,” Jamie’s submitting reads partially. “As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”

The stunning transfer comes nearly a month after Jamie announced his intention to step down as one of his 39-year-old daughter’s co-conservators after preventing for months to retain management over his daughter’s funds.

What did it take for Britney to get up to now and what’s subsequent for the pop icon? Keep studying to discover out all about Britney Spears‘ conservatorship, what her lawyer says about her dad’s newest transfer, the accusations in opposition to Jamie and when Britney may lastly be totally free from her conservatorship.

Is Jamie Spears nonetheless Britney’s conservator?

Technically; sure; weeks after his stunning announcement on August 12, when he mentioned he’d stroll away from his conservator function, Jamie Spears continues to function considered one of Britney’s conservators. CNN studies that round late August/early September, Britney’s lawyer, Matthew S. Rosengart, was nonetheless publicly pressuring Jamie to resign instantly “before he is suspended.”

The subsequent listening to in Britney’s case is presently scheduled for Sept. 29, which might be when Jamie’s involvement lastly involves a detailed.

On August 5, The New York Times reported that Rosengart had “asked the court to accelerate the [Sept. 29] hearing on her request to remove her father, or to immediately suspend him, from the conservatorship.” According to Rosengart’s petition, ready till Sept. 29 would imply that “every day that passes is another day of avoidable harm and prejudice to Ms. Spears and the Estate.” Judge Brenda Penny ruled against that request on August 9, which meant the listening to would nonetheless happen in late September as initially deliberate.

Questions nonetheless stay in regards to the timeline surrounding Jamie’s exit. The New York Times has famous that, whilst Jamie’s legal professionals introduced his intention to exit his function as a conservator, they have been additionally “arguing that he should not be immediately removed.” The outlet likewise studies that whereas Jamie’s authorized workforce “did not provide a timeline for the change,” additionally they acknowledged that they’d “been working on such a transition” since July 2021.

Perhaps most notably, the Times reported that, in accordance with Jamie’s attorneys, he “would be in position to step aside after resolving outstanding matters including financial accounting for the conservatorship in recent years.” #FreeBritney followers suspect that Jamie could need to negotiate some form of monetary or authorized association for himself earlier than he formally steps down. It appears Rosengart additionally holds these suspicions, as he mentioned in a statement after Jamie petitioned to finish Britney’s conservatorship, “It appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath.”

Britney had acknowledged publicly for months that she needed her father faraway from her conservatorship ASAP. She declared at a July 14 listening to, “I want my dad gone today… This conservatorship has allowed my dad to ruin my life.”

Just one signal of how little management Britney has had over her personal life? On August 6, the 39-year-old informed her Instagram followers that she’d simply been in a position to order her first-ever iPad.

“Okay guys, great news—I got my first iPad today,” she mentioned in a video. “I came into the kitchen and saw something I ordered, and it is a freaking new iPad.” She joyfully added within the caption, “My life does seem different with an iPad… I’ve never had one before!”

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What did Jamie Spears say about Britney?

In his Sept. 7 petition to finish Britney’s conservatorship, Jamie wrote, “Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship. She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding.” He then concluded that Britney “is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.”

However, it appears he was singing a unique time only a month prior. In court documents filed on August 6, Jamie acknowledged that he had “dutifully and faithfully served” as considered one of his daughter’s conservators and that there have been “no grounds whatsoever” to take away him from her case. He additionally alleged that Jodi Montgomery, who serves as Britney’s private and medical conservator (Jamie is a monetary conservator), informed him on July 9 that she was “very distraught [about Britney’s] recent behavior and overall mental health.” He additionally claimed that “after Ms. Montgomery shared her detailed concerns about my daughter’s recent behavior, safety, and overall health, she raised potential options including a 5150 psychiatric hold, which raised my concerns.”

However, Montgomery shortly fired again in opposition to Jamie’s statements as false. “At no time did Ms. Montgomery express to Mr. Spears that Ms. Spears would currently qualify for such a hold,” Laurieann Wright, Montgomery’s attorney, told Variety. “The concern that Ms. Montgomery did raise to Mr. Spears during their telephone call is that forcing Ms. Spears to take the stand to testify or to have her evaluated would move the needle in the wrong direction for her mental health.”

What did Jamie Spears do to Britney?

Spears’ father has been considered one of her co-conservators from the start, and in court docket, the singer has repeatedly claimed that he behaved towards her in an abusive method. In truth, she reportedly broke down in tears in the course of the July 2021 listening to whereas recalling her 69-year-old dad’s therapy of her—which, she alleged, included making her work 70-hour weeks and even deciding her dietary decisions for her, in accordance with NBC News. (At her June 2021 listening to, Spears said she wasn’t allowed to get married or take away her IUD due to the conservatorship, and that she’d been pressured to take lithium with out her consent.)

According to CNN, Spears additionally mentioned on July 14 that she felt these concerned in her conservatorship “were trying to kill me.” She added, “If this is not abuse, I don’t know what is,” and acknowledged, “Their goal was to make me feel crazy and I’m not. And that’s not OK.”

Britney likewise didn’t mince phrases when sharing her ideas about what ought to occur to her dad. “I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she informed the court docket. “I want to press charges against my father today. I want an investigation into my dad.”

Following that listening to, Spears’ longtime pal and agent Cade Hudson spoke out about her case in a non-public Instagram publish in late July. According to TMZ, he blasted the conservatorship as “sexism as its best” and “a violation of someone’s basic human rights” earlier than hinting that the elder Spears was responsible. “I’ve kept my mouth shut out of the fear of losing my job as her agent and losing the career I worked my ass off for 15 years to build, out of threats from the man we all know who, but I won’t even dignify mentioning his name,” he wrote. “I’m officially done being quiet.” On the plus facet, Hudson added, “Her new attorney is the best of the best and knows that the work has just begun but it’s progress & hope and that’s all we can ask for now until action can be taken.”

Now that Jamie is seemingly on his means out the door, his last transgression in opposition to Britney could also be his makes an attempt to exit with a hefty payout. On Aug. 31, Rosengart claimed in authorized paperwork that Jamie was allegedly making an attempt to extract $2 million from Britney’s property earlier than he’d comply with stroll away quietly.

“Britney Spears will not be extorted,” Rosengart wrote. “Mr. Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms. Spears’s estate by Mr. Spears and his associates, is a non-starter.”

Is Britney Spears free from conservatorship?

The excellent news for the #FreeBritney motion: After first telling the court docket in June 2021 that she desires her conservatorship to finish, Spears could also be getting nearer to discovering the liberty she’s lengthy sought. 

First, Judge Penny dominated on July 14 that the singer could choose and hire her own legal representation because the case continued. That resolution got here after Samuel Ingham III, the lawyer appointed to characterize Spears 13 years in the past, requested to step down as her counsel. Spears shortly enlisted Rosengart to characterize her, and it was Rosengart who filed the petition to get Jamie Spears off his daughter’s case (actually and figuratively).

Rosengart wrote in that submitting, “Serious questions abound concerning Mr. Spears’s potential misconduct, including conflicts of interest, conservatorship abuse and the evident dissipation of Ms. Spears’s fortune.” (Attorneys representing Jamie Spears didn’t reply to requests for remark on the time.)

In July 2021, Rosengart additionally moved to switch Jamie with Jason Rubin, recognized by the Times as “a certified public accountant in California.” However, in August 2021, Radar Online reported that Rubin had withdrawn his title from consideration.

While none of those requests would instantly deliver an finish to Britney’s conservatorship, Rosengart acknowledged in his submitting that they’d resolve “the most pressing issue facing Ms. Spears: removing Mr. Spears as conservator of the estate.”

Now that Jamie has petitioned the court docket to finish the conservatorship fully, Rosengart has stated that he and the remainder of Britney’s authorized workforce will “continue to explore all options,” calling Jamie’s newest transfer “vindication.”

When is Britney’s subsequent listening to?

Britney’s subsequent listening to is ready for Wed., Sept. 29. Rather a lot might occur at that court docket date; as some authorized eagles have defined on social media, there’s an opportunity that the decide restores a number of of Britney’s rights (even when the conservatorship stays in place past that date). There’s additionally an opportunity that the court docket dismisses Jamie’s strikes to settle his monetary and authorized issues earlier than the rest occurs.

Who is Britney Spears’ lawyer?

On July 6, NPR reported that Ingham, the lawyer who’d been appointed to characterize Spears in her conservatorship from the very starting, had requested to be allowed to resign alongside a regulation agency known as Loeb & Loeb, which Ingham had reportedly introduced aboard to help him. That transfer got here after Britney informed the court docket in June 2021 that she and Ingham had “kind of built a relationship, but I haven’t really had the opportunity by my own self to actually handpick my own lawyer… and I would like to be able to do that.”

Then on July 11, The New York Times reported that “a prominent Hollywood lawyer has had discussions in recent days with Britney Spears about representing her in her conservatorship battle, and he plans to attend a hearing in Los Angeles on [July 14] to begin the process of taking over as her counsel.”

That lawyer is Rosengart, a onetime federal prosecutor who’s repped such celebs as Sean Penn and Steven Spielberg—and in accordance with The New York Times, as of the July 14 listening to, Rosengart bought the job. “Penny approved both Mr. Ingham and Loeb & Loeb’s resignations, as well as a request by Mathew S. Rosengart, a prominent Hollywood lawyer and former federal prosecutor, to represent Ms. Spears,” that outlet reported. “He is expected to take a more aggressive approach and push for the conservatorship to end, according to a person briefed on the matter.”

In August 2021, it was reported that Rosengart was beefing up his Team Britney authorized workforce, including an lawyer named Kyle Freeny who’s bought a massively spectacular pedigree: He’s a Harvard Law graduate, a former DOJ lawyer and, just a few years again, was chosen by Robert Mueller to assist examine then-President Donald Trump.

Why is Jamie Spears Britney’s conservator?

According to The New York Times, Jamie drifted out and in of his youngsters’ lives within the 2000s—till Britney’s conservatorship grew to become a chance, at which level he swooped in. Around 2007, “Mr. Spears reappeared for what he and his ex-wife, Lynne, viewed as an urgent rescue mission,” the Times reported. “He prayed and fasted before he petitioned a judge for a temporary conservatorship of Ms. Spears, Lynne wrote in her memoir, [even though] the singer stressed that she did not want her father in charge, a lawyer she consulted at the time has said.” 

Ever for the reason that conservatorship started, Britney has seemingly lengthy tried to reduce her father’s management over her; in a 2014 closed listening to, Jamie Spears’ consuming habits have been cited as a trigger for concern. Those points have been additionally raised within the current documentary, Framing Britney Spears.

At Britney’s June 2021 listening to, Jamie acknowledged by means of court docket paperwork that he’s now not concerned in his daughter’s “Conservatorship of the Person”—that means, he seemingly now not has any authority over her private decisions. “He made clear that he has not served as her personal conservator since September 2019 and wants the court to investigate,” People reported.

However, by persevering with to function considered one of her monetary conservators, Jamie might seemingly deny any bills his daughter may need wished to incur. The New York Times as soon as reported that “even as [Britney] earned millions from a successful Las Vegas residency, she said she was limited to a $2,000 weekly allowance,” and that years in the past, she needed to restain her kitchen cupboards, however was “forbidden by her father, who told her too much money was being spent.”

How a lot did Jamie Spears make as conservator?

According to the Times, as of 2021, Jamie Spears acquired “about $16,000 per month, plus $2,000 a month for office space rent” to behave as Britney’s conservator. It’s additionally been reported that Jamie acquired a proportion of the income from Britney’s excursions and different endeavors. As only one instance from the Times‘ reporting: “In 2014, he was granted 1.5 percent of gross revenues from the performances and merchandising tied to her Las Vegas residency, ‘Piece of Me,’ which went on to earn a reported $138 million across nearly 250 shows.”

Despite these potential income streams, the Times additionally mentioned in June 2021 that Jamie Spears was dwelling in an RV within the family’s hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana.

Is Britney Spears retired?

In one of many newest authorized twists to the #FreeBritney saga, her longtime supervisor, Larry Rudolph, introduced in early July 2021 that he’s stepping down from that function as a result of he believes Spears wants to retire.

“It has been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus,” Rudolph wrote in a July 5 letter pertaining to her conservatorship case. “Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.” He added, “As her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.” Spears herself has but to touch upon Rudolph’s declare, however she has famous whereas talking out about her conservatorship, “It is my wish and dream for all of this to end. I want my life back.”

What is a conservatorship?

According to LawHelp.org, a conservatorship is a authorized association through which an individual’s funds are taken care of by a court-appointed “guardian” or “conservator” (the phrases imply the identical factor) as a result of the particular person is deemed unable to make monetary selections in his or her personal finest curiosity because of sickness, harm or incapacity.

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In Spears’ state of affairs, she’s truly below two separate conservatorships, in accordance with BBC News: “One is for her estate and financial affairs, the other is for her as a person.” The outlet additionally notes that “Jamie used to be in control of both, but stepped down from being her personal conservator in 2019 due to health reasons. He remained a co-conservator of her estate alongside financial company the Bessemer Trust.”

What did Britney Spears say about her sister Jamie Lynn Spears?

On July 16, Spears mentioned on Instagram, “Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask.”

She then actually bought going when she added in a prolonged screed alongside the publish, ‘There’s nothing worse than when the individuals closest to you who by no means confirmed up for you publish issues in regard to your state of affairs no matter it could be and converse righteously for help… How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE… did you set your hand out after I was drowning???? Again… NO.” She added, “If you’re reading this and you know who you are… and you actually have the nerve to say anything about my situation just to save face for yourself publicly!!!”

Fans appear to know precisely who Spears was speaking about: sister Jamie Lynn, who’d mentioned on her Instagram Story after Britney’s newest listening to, “Dear Lord, Can we end this bulls*** once and for all. Amen.” While Jamie Lynn truly preferred sister Britney’s publish, that didn’t cease Brit-Brit devotees from slamming her on social media.

Why is Britney below conservatorship?

In January 2008, Spears was positioned in a 5150 psychiatric maintain and dedicated to the psychiatric ward at an L.A. medical middle after police got here to her house and believed her to be below the affect of unidentified substances. This was the incident that led to her being positioned below a conservatorship along with her father appointed conservator. (She additionally briefly misplaced custody of Sean Preston Federline and Jayden James Federline, her two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline.) However, there was additionally a string of troubling incidents that passed off in 2007, together with a short keep at a rehab middle and infamously shaving her head at an L.A.-area hair salon.

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Spears’ followers and followers of the “#FreeBritney” motion are hoping that the latest developments in her case may lastly put the pop star on a path towards freedom. That’s apparently what her new lawyer desires for her as effectively. At the July 14 listening to, Rosengart said his new shopper’s conservatorship “isn’t working.”

Also on Team “#FreeBritney?” Her mother, Lynne Spears. After Rosengart’s July 2021 submitting to take away Jamie as co-conservator, Lynne stated in a signed court docket declaration that the dad-daughter relationship between Jamie and Britney has “dwindled to nothing but fear and hatred” because of Jamie’s “constant threats and his decision-making over all aspects of her life.” She additionally claimed that Jamie “exercise[d] absolutely microscopic control over [Britney]” and “relied on member[s] of [Britney’s] household staff, medical aids on-site at [Britney’s] home, and her own security detail to inform on and report back to him each and every detail of every action that takes place in [Britney’s] home.”

Back in November 2020, Lynne likewise supported eradicating her ex-husband as her daughter’s conservator at a public court docket listening to, claiming it was “time to start fresh.” The phrase mother Lynne used to explain the connection between Britney and pa Jamie? “Toxic.”

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