Britney Spears hearing may mean freedom from court or father
Britney Spear’s hearing may mean freedom from court or father.
Judge Brenda Penny has been the calm amid the storm that has engulfed Britney Spears and the conservatorship over her life.
All eyes are now on her.
The Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has been able to act more as a caretaker than a dictator in the case thus far,
but she will be pressed to make major decisions on whether to keep Spears’ father as her conservator or to end the conservatorship altogether at a potentially pivotal hearing on Wednesday afternoon.
Since the time Penny authorized her to employ Rosengart in July,
Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart has been actively pressing for her father James Spears’ removal.
Penny turned down Rosengart’s request for an emergency hearing on the matter,
saying it could wait until Wednesday. In a dramatic U-turn, James Spears,
who originally requested the conservatorship in 2008 and has served as its main supervisor since then,
has filed a petition to terminate it entirely.
He asked the court to rule on the matter on Wednesday, thus putting an end to the debate about his legal status.
In a later filing, Britney Spears and Rosengart said that they agree with her father that the conservatorship should be terminated,
marking the first time she has requested the termination of the arrangement in court papers.
They stressed, however, that her father’s removal is more significant to her,
describing it as a vital first step toward her independence and “ending the Kafkaesque nightmare forced upon her.”
As stated in “Controlling Britney Spears,” a documentary from the New York Times and the FX network, one of two competing films published on the day of the hearing,
James Spears “crossed unimaginable lines” by participating in unlawful monitoring of her, including contacts with her lawyer.
Britney Spears was also engaged to her longtime lover Sam Asghari earlier this month,
which necessitated drafting a prenuptial agreement without her father’s involvement,
according to her court documents.
In 2019, James Spears resigned as the so-called conservator of his daughter’s personality,
giving up authority over her life choices and focusing only on his position as conservator of her estate,
overseeing her money. Many of his daughter’s concerns about his influence over her life, he and his lawyers claim, are irrelevant.
Jodi Montgomery, a court-appointed expert, is now Britney Spears’ conservator,
and according to court papers, Montgomery consents to the conservatorship being ended as long as it can be done safely and efficiently.
It’s unclear if Britney Spears will attend the court on Wednesday.
She made dramatic statements denouncing her situation at two recent hearings,
rallying even more fans and other celebrities to her cause,
and amplifying the already strong demands to #FreeBritney.
James Spears has denied acting in anything other than his daughter’s best interests,
and he has refused Rosengart’s demands that he resign immediately,
claiming in a court filing that in his 13 years as conservator,
“not a single medical professional nor the report of a single probate investigator has recommended that Mr. Spears’ presence as Conservator be terminated.”
Britney Spears was placed under conservatorship in 2008 when she started to have extremely public mental problems, with media outlets obsessing over every detail,
hordes of photographers relentlessly following her around, and she lost custody of her children.