Britney Spears’ new lawyer announced today that he was “aggressively” trying to oust the singer’s father, Jamie Spears, from the guardianship that has controlled his life for 13 years.
“My firm and I are moving aggressively and quickly towards eliminating Jamie Spears…” Mathew Rosengart said in Los Angeles Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles.
He thanked Britney, 39, “for her courage and strength” and he also thanked his fans for their “overwhelming support”, drawing cheers from a group of his supporters who gathered outside to sing. and holding up “Free Britney” signs. .
Britney Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, pictured said he was moving “aggressively and swiftly” to remove his father from the controversial tutelage controlling his affairs
Britney Spears new layer Mathew S. Rosengart walks past Britney Spears fans and supporters as he arrives at the Los Angeles County Courthouse for a scheduled hearing in the Britney Spears Trusteeship case, in Los Angeles on Monday
Britney Spears and her father Jamie Spears are pictured in a 2015 Instagram post
Rosengart was speaking today after a court hearing where Jodi Montgomery, Britney’s temporary curator for her personal and non-financial affairs, asked Judge Brenda Penny to charge guardianship for additional security she has had to hire since that she has received several death threats. The security charge is approximately $ 1,800 per day.
The judge filed his claim until another hearing next Monday.
Last week, Britney lashed out in an Instagram post against “the people closest” to her who “hadn’t helped her in times of need.”
She didn’t give any names, saying, “they know who they are”.
But in a tearful court appearance hours earlier, she told Judge Penny that she wanted her father, 69, to be accused of abusing the guardianship he had run since his very breakup. publicized in 2008.
“I would like to accuse my father of abuse of guardianship,” she told the court in an emotional tirade. “I want to file a complaint against my father today. I want an investigation on my father.
The singer is now represented by former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, seen in a court sketch last week, appearing before Judge Brenda Penny in Los Angeles
This weekend, Britney said her fans could only look forward to home dance videos until her father didn’t make his financial decisions for her in her role as curator.
Bad blood: Britney pounced on her father Jamie Spears and sister Jamie Lynn in another angry Instagram post on Saturday, explaining that she wouldn’t be performing in Vegas until her father left his guardianship; seen with Jamie Lynn at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
In a repeat of the explosive testimony she gave during her court appearance on June 23, she again described the trauma of her guardianship and claimed that her father and others involved in the guardianship had her. threatened,
There should be no threat against me, ever. I have serious abandonment problems, ”said the singer, who added that her car keys, hair vitamins and coffee had been confiscated.
Fighting back tears, she told Judge Penny, “Ma’am, this is not abuse, this is just cruelty f ******”. Excuse my language but it’s the truth.
“I thought they were trying to kill me. If it’s not abuse, I don’t know what it is.
Spears – who has two sons, Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14, from her ex-husband, Kevin Federline – called for her father to be banned from running her life and she told the court she wanted the guardianship is terminated without it being necessary. for a medical evaluation.
But she said her priority was to oust her father from his role while allowing co-curator Jodi Montgomery – who takes care of the star’s personal needs rather than financial ones – to stay on until the end of the season. guardianship.
Britney Spears with brother Bryan and father Jamie in an Instagram photo she posted in 2016
Britney’s parents Jamie and Lynne are seen in November 2012. They divorced in 2002
“My dad is due to be retired today and I’ll be happy Jodi helps me out,” she said. “I am here to file a complaint. I am angry and will go there.
At last week’s hearing, Judge Penny accepted Britney’s wish to choose her own lawyer, Mathew Rosengart. Prior to that, she had been represented by a court-appointed lawyer, Samuel Ingham, who resigned after the Spears court appearance on June 23.
Rosengart told the court last Wednesday that he would file documents in the coming weeks to end the guardianship and at an impromptu press conference on the steps of the courthouse he asked Jamie to voluntarily step aside from his position as curator.
“We will act quickly and aggressively for his removal,” he said. “The question remains, why is he involved? He should resign voluntarily because it is in the best interests of the Conservative.
Rosengart praised Britney’s “courage, passion and humanity” for speaking out in court and called her testimony “clear, lucid, powerful and compelling.”
Over the weekend, Spears posted a video showing some dance moves around the house
Britney Spears fans and supporters hold ‘Free Britney’ signs outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse during scheduled hearing in Britney Spears Trusteeship case
Free Britney supporters outside Los Angeles courthouse in support of Britney Spears
“My firm and I are going to take a top-down look at what has happened over the past decade,” said the senior lawyer who added that Spears “has the right to due process, which includes the right to due process. competent lawyer ”.
Britney choosing her own lawyer presents a challenge because under the terms of the guardianship she is prevented from signing legally binding contracts without her father’s permission.
Rosengart objected to this, saying Jamie shouldn’t have the power to reject her choice of lawyer – given that her lawyer is representing her in a case against Jamie himself!
The 58-year-old former federal prosecutor is highly respected in Los Angeles where his Hollywood clients include Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck and his brother Casey, director Michael Mann and actor / director Sean Penn – who in an interview with the New York Times, described Rosengart as “tough as nails with a big brain and bigger principles.”
Britney Spears fans and supporters hold ‘Free Britney’ signs as they gather outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse at a scheduled hearing in the Britney Spears Trusteeship case
Even before Britney Spears asked the court to end her guardianship, her loyal fans had staged a #FreeBritney campaign, rallying outside of hearings and at rallies around the world.