Los Angeles (AFP)
American pop singer Britney Spears has urged a judge to end a controversial guardianship that has given her father control of his affairs since 2008 in an emotional hearing Wednesday.
“I just want to get my life back. It’s been 13 years and that’s enough, ”Spears said in the 20-minute video link speech as die-hard fans chanted their support outside the courtroom.
The 39-year-old star’s finances and personal life have been largely handled by Jamie Spears since his very public break-up over a decade ago, which has led some admiring fans to launch an online “FreeBritney” campaign. ” these last years.
In a heated speech where Spears barely stopped to catch his breath and swore twice, the star said the legal arrangement had left her “traumatized” and “depressed.”
” I’m not happy. I can not sleep. I am so angry. It’s crazy, ”she said, adding that she cried every day.
“I really believe that this tutelage is abusive. I want changes, I deserve changes, ”Spears pleaded with Judge Brenda Penny.
The singer has rarely spoken directly about the guardianship, but her lawyer Samuel Ingham said in April that Spears wanted to go directly to court, which resulted in Wednesday’s hearing.
# photo1Spears has long had a difficult relationship with his father Jamie Spears.
Last year, she filed a petition to remove him from trusteeship and give exclusive power over his estate to a financial institution. Her court-appointed lawyer said she was “afraid” of her father.
– ‘Too much !’ –
Fans of Devoted Spears have long scoured her social media accounts for clues to her well-being and any signs that she might be keen on shedding guardianship.
Confidential documents released by The New York Times on Tuesday indicate that Spears told a court investigator that the guardianship had “become an oppressive and controlling tool against it” as early as 2016.
Spears reportedly said the guardianship system had “too much control … Too much, too much!” and was prevented from making her own decisions about friendships, dating, spending, and even the color of her kitchen cabinets.
According to the report, Spears told the investigator that she wanted the guardianship to be ended as soon as possible and that she was “fed up with being exploited.”
Spears is currently responsible for paying the legal bills for both parties, including the high fees charged by the lawyers opposing him in this case.
– ‘Embarrassed’ –
Controversy surrounding Spears’ legal case exploded after the February release of the documentary “Framing Britney Spears,” which recounted her initial break-up and her father’s appointment as guardian.
Spears said she was “embarrassed” by her portrayal in the documentary, in which fans say she is essentially detained and claim she sent coded calls for help.
# photo2 After her divorce in 2006 from Kevin Federline and the loss of custody of her children the following year, Spears was photographed barefoot by paparazzi at a gas station and notoriously shaved his head.
Under his father’s tutelage, Spears quickly returned to the show. She has released three albums, appeared on various television shows, and even took up a residency in Las Vegas.
But in January 2019, she abruptly announced that she was suspending her performances until further notice.
She said her father and associates threatened her regularly.
“If I don’t do that, what they tell me to do, enslave me to do, they will punish me,” she said.
Spears said doctors forcibly imposed medication on her that made her feel “drunk” and that she was not even allowed to change in private or drive her own car.
But a judge ruled in February that Spears’ father and Bessemer Trust would oversee the pop star’s finances, denying Jamie Spears to retain exclusive power to delegate investments.
In a statement read to the court, an attorney for Jamie said he was “sorry to hear her suffer so much” and that he loved his daughter “very much”.
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