Speaking to court for the second time in less than a month, Spears once again demanded that Jamie Spears be removed from the legal deal that has controlled most of his life for more than 13 years.
Testifying again by phone, as supporters of the #FreeBritney movement protested outside the hearing, the star first said she wanted the courtroom to be cleared, before changing her mind and saying that ‘she would speak in public.
She listed a series of grievances, including the fact that her hair vitamins and coffee were taken from her. “Ma’am, it’s not abuse, it’s just cruelty f ******,” she tearfully told Judge Brenda Penny. “Excuse my language but it’s the truth. “
After taking a short break to pull himself together, Spears, 39, demanded that his father be removed from the complex legal arrangement and charged with “abuse of conservation.”
The singer said she wanted the tutorship to be over without the need for a medical assessment, but made it clear that her top priority was to oust her father from his role while allowing co-curator Jodi Montgomery to stay in the meantime.
“My dad is due to be taken out today and I’ll be happy for Jodi to help me,” the star said.
This follows Spears’ first explosive testimony in open court in June, in which she was able to speak publicly for the first time.
At that hearing, the star told the court it was her “wish and her dream that this would all end”, and claimed that she wanted to be able to get married and have a baby, but the guardianship would not allow it. not.
A lot has happened in the three weeks since Spears’ first testimony, with the star Long-term manager Larry Rudolph reportedly resigned and his court-appointed lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, also stating that he intended to resign. The Bessemer Trust, a financial management firm that was hired in 2020 to oversee Spears’ estate alongside his father, also withdrawn from arrangement, claiming that there had been “a change in circumstances”.
Mathew S Rosengart, the powerful Hollywood lawyer the singer wants to represent her, was also present. He told the court his law firm was more than capable of handling a complex case, with the judge formally accepting Mr Ingham’s resignation.
At the height of her fame, Spears was one of the biggest pop stars in the world, famous for her hits such as… Baby One More Time, Oops!… I Did It Again, I’m A Slave 4 U, Toxic and womanizer.
It has been under the supervision of the supervisory authority since 2008, when it was initially put in place on a temporary basis following its reported high-profile outage.
In court, the star was very critical of her father and said she had “extreme abandonment issues”. Apparently remembering her childhood, she said that she was “extremely scared of my father” and feared that he “would always show up drunk somewhere and embarrass me”.
Jamie Spears, 69, is a recovering alcoholic.
The judge asked Spears to slow down so the court reporter could write down his testimony. “I’m here to file a complaint,” Spears said. “I’m angry and I’m going to go. “
Mr Rosengart joining the case is expected to signal a more aggressive approach to ending the trusteeship. Spears, who last appeared on stage for a lucrative Las Vegas residency in 2018, has previously said she won’t be back on stage as long as her father retains control.
Before Spears went to court, Mr Rosengart explained why she should be allowed to choose her own lawyer and said the star’s “powerful, convincing and honest” testimony at the June hearing proves that ‘she is “more than capable of hiring her own lawyer”.
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Speaking in court, #FreeBritney supporter Derrin Stull, 25, said now Spears had his say publicly and there was “visibility” action needed to be taken.
“Well I think Britney is just a light in the world, she’s done so much for society, for music as a person, and it’s really sad that she was allowed to live in this type of situation for 13 years. So I think it’s really important that everyone support her.
“Now that there is visibility, there is no more excuse. So it is of the utmost importance that we just make sure that everyone knows that this is happening, that it is happening, and that it is not right. “
Her supportive partner Christina Goswick, 40, said: “As she said [at the previous hearing], I think she’s traumatized. She can’t sleep. If you look at her, she looks tired. She just wants her life back and I understand that perfectly. ”