The singer lost her bid to remove her father as the conservator of her estate and now her lawyer says she will not perform again as long as he presides over it.
Britney Spears has lost her bid to oust her father, James Spears, as the conservator of her estateand the singers lawyer now says she will not perform as long as he remains in the position because she is afraid of him.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend Spears, widely known as Jamie, from the position hes held for the past 12 years. But she will consider future petitions for his suspension or removal from the position, according to the Associated Press, and she also granted the singers request that the Bessemer Trust, a corporate fiduciary, be named a co- conservator.
The hearing was conducted by phone and videoconference, the Los Angeles Times reports; the singer herself was absent but both of her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, were present.
According to the Associated Press, Spears attorney Samuel D. Ingham III told the court, My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career. (Spears has not performed live since 2018.) Her fathers attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, meanwhile, maintained that the conservatorship has benefited Spearsand objected to Inghams comment on the twos relationship.
Spears conservatorship first began in 2008at which point tabloids had spent months documenting the singers public meltdown as she shaved her head and checked in and out of rehabilitation facilities. More than a decade later, however, fans of the singer have pointed to her ongoing performances and TV appearances as signs that she no longer needs to be held within such constraints.
The threshold for conservatorship approval is typically very high; the court must determine that the person is unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter for themselves. In a court filing this fall, Spears referred to her own conservatorship as voluntarybut concerned #FreeBritney fans continue to scrutinize the conditions of the arrangement.
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