The decision made not to remove Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, from her conservatorship is another legal setback for the star, who’s been under the arrangement since 2008.
However, despite fans of the star tying the latest motion to her testimony from June 23, they are not believed to be linked.
While the decision followed Britney’s damning testimony, in which she said the conservatorship was ‘abusive’, it has been described by Deadline as ‘perfunctory’ and with no bearing on her wish to end her conservatorship. In short, it’s not in direct response to last week’s hearing.
This request to remove the singer’s dad Jamie was made in November 2020 by Britney’s lawyer Samuel Ingham III in court documents that claimed the 39-year-old singer was scared of her father and would refuse to perform again.
Judge Brenda Penny, who denied the request this week, did not rule out future petitions to suspend Jamie from the conservatorship. However, Wednesday’s paperwork was solely to confirm financial company Bessemer Trust as co-conservator and reiterate Jamie would remain.
Court documents filed stated: ‘The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice.’
Britney had previously stated she wanted the private wealth management firm appointed as ‘sole conservator’.
Still, the documents were signed by the judge on June 30, which followed Britney’s explosive testimony in which she voiced numerous claims including that she has not been allowed to remove an IUD in order to have another baby, nor allowed to travel in her boyfriend, Sam Asghari’s car, and that she also hasn’t been permitted to meet with friends she met at a local AA meeting.
Although the star’s powerful statement to the court ricocheted around the world and was one of the rare times we’d heard Britney’s feelings on the matter since the Free Britney movement campaigned for the end of her conservatorship, the judge wasn’t able to take that into account in Wednesday’s paperwork.
Last week, Britney said she wasn’t aware that she could petition to end the conservatorship, and claims emerged on Wednesday her attorney had prepared the paperwork but was still yet to file.
According to reports, the star’s attorney had prepared the relevant documents but due to the court’s early closing they weren’t filed.
Us Weekly Justice Editor Marjorie Hernandez wrote on Twitter: ‘Sources have confirmed to @usweekly that #BritneySpears and her lawyer just filed a petition to terminate her conservatorship. Details to come.’
However she later added: ‘Update & clarification: At the end of business day, the petition had not been filed, but sources said the termination paperwork has been prepared. #BritneySpears #FreeBritney.’
Page Six Deputy Editor Nicholas Hautman also tweeted: ‘Echoing my awesome former coworker @MJae13, the paperwork is done and ready for the court, but it was not formally processed through the system by the time the courthouse closed today. This explains why TMZ pulled its premature story. Patience, y’all. It’s happening. #FreeBritney.’
The next hearing for the conservatorship is scheduled for July 14.
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