Britney Spears’ Dad Says He’ll Step Down As Her Conservator Amid Public Battle
After 13 years and a very public battle in court, Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has agreed to step down as her conservator.
His decision also comes after her new lawyers filed a request to remove him and have a CPA serve as her conservator instead.
Jamie Spears’ lawyer Vivian Thoreen filed a response to the request Thursday (Aug. 12), and while he denies the allegations of conservatorship abuse against him, he ultimately agreed to walk away.
Jamie Spears was named the sole conservator in 2019 after lawyer Andrew Wallet parted ways with the co-conservatorship. The conservatorship has been in place since 2008.
The response reads,
“It is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests. Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests.
So even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator. As the Court has likely surmised, before Ms. Spears’ new attorney arrived, Mr. Spears had already been working on such a transition with Ms. Spears’ former court-appointed counsel, Sam Ingham.”
It adds that Jamie Spears’ lawyers want to cooperate with Britney Spears’ legal team for a smooth transition as they settle pending accounting documents. He also suggested he needed to tie up loose ends on certain “matters” before walking away for good.
“When these matters are resolved, Mr. Spears will be in a position to step aside. But there are no urgent circumstances justifying Mr. Spears’ immediate suspension. Regardless of his formal title, Mr. Spears will always be Ms. Spears’ father, he will always love her unconditionally, and he will always look out for her best interests.”
While Jamie Spears agreed to step down, the purpose of his response was to oppose Britney Spears’ petition to have him removed. A hearing on that petition is still set for Sept. 29.
“This is a major victory for Britney Spears and another step toward justice.”
“I announced in Court on July 14 that, after 13 years of the status quo, it was time for Mr. Spears to be suspended or removed as conservator and that my firm and I would move aggressively and expeditiously for that outcome. Twelve days later, my firm filed a Petition for Mr. Spears’s suspension and removal based on strong, insurmountable legal grounds, which were unequivocally supported by the law and all parties involved, including Jodi Montgomery, Britney Spears, and her medical team.”
“We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others.”
“We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’s sworn deposition in the near future.”
“In the interim, rather than making false accusations and taking cheap shots at his own daughter, Mr. Spears should remain silent and step aside immediately.”
Britney Spears’ conservatorship faced lots of scrutiny and criticism after she delivered a heart-wrenching testimony to L.A. County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny back in June. She said,
“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live a full life.”
She also alleged that she was forced to be on birth control to prevent her from having more children. She said in part,
“I would like to progressively move forward and I want to have the real deal. I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I have an [IUD] inside of myself so I don’t get pregnant. They don’t want me to have children–any more children. This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life! I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three-year break and do what I want to do.”
“It’s demoralizing what I’ve been through. I’ve never said it openly–I never thought anyone would believe me. I’m not lying. I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s been enough. I want to be able to be heard. I’ve kept this in for so long–it’s not good for my heart. I’ve been so angry and I cry every day. For my sanity… I need to get it off my heart. The anger, all of it. The main reason why I’m here today is I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated.”
She later said she wanted to press charges against her father for conservatorship abuse.
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