Britney Spears’ lawyer has filed court documents claiming her father Jamie is seeking $2million (£1.4million) in payments before stepping down as her conservator.
The singer has been locked in a legal battle with Jamie to remove him from the conservatorship she has been under since 2008, and he reportedly agreed to do so in August.
However in new court documents, her lawyer Mathew Rosengart says: ‘Mr Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms Spears’s estate by Mr Spears and his associates, is a non-starter.’
Rosengart added to TMZ: ‘Britney Spears will not be bullied or extorted by her father. Nor does Mr. Spears have the right to try to hold his daughter hostage by setting the terms of his removal. This is not about him, it is about the best interests of his daughter, which as a matter of law, mandate his removal.
‘Even putting aside the legal issues requiring his prompt removal, if he loves his daughter, Mr. Spears should resign now, today, before he is suspended. It would be the correct and decent thing to do.’
Britney previously gave an emotional and explosive testimony in court during a hearing in Los Angeles, in which she said she wanted her father charged with conservatorship abuse.
The star is hoping to have all restrictions lifted and to regain control over her personal and financial decisions by having the conservatorship removed after 13 years.
She has vowed to keep speaking out about her situation and warned that she is ‘not even close’ to be done.
What is a conservatorship?
A conservatorship is a legal concept in the United States that places someone under the legal protection of an appointed adult.
A guardian or a protector is appointed by a judge to manage different aspects of someone’s life, from their financial affairs to their daily life.
One is usually appointed a conservator if they are suffering from physical or mental issues or declining with age.
A planned conservatorship lasts as long as it is needed, and ends when a conservatee is considered no longer in need of a conservator, for example, if a person is unable to care for their self because of a medical condition, the conservatorship will end when he is treated or recovers sufficiently to care for himself again.
If a conservatorship is unplanned, a court will also assign a caseworker for the conservatee.
The caseworker will remain in contact with the conservator and make certain that the transition goes well, regularly checking on the status of all involved.
‘I was told to stay quiet about things for so long and I finally feel like I’m just getting here,’ she wrote on Instagram.
Jamie has denied his daughter’s allegations of conservatorship abuse.
In a rare video message to fans directly addressing the situation she shared the process was going ‘way better than I anticipated’.
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