Britney Spears’ father filed a lawsuit Tuesday to end the legal guardianship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 year James Spears filed his petition to terminate the guardianship in Los Angeles Superior Court.
“As Mr. Spears has said over and over again, all he wants is the best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to end the guardianship and she believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should have that opportunity.”
Judge Brenda Penny, who is overseeing the case, must approve the measure.
Britney Spears’ attorney, Matthew Rosengart, said in an email that the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears, a huge one, as well as a vindication for Ms. Spears.”
James Spears had been the target of much of the anger surrounding the guardianship of both his daughter and the public.
A petition from Britney Spears’ attorney to remove him would be heard at the next hearing in the case on September 29 James Spears said in a presentation on Aug. 12 that he planned to step down as conservator of his finances, but did not offer a timeline. He gave up his control over her life decisions in 2019, keeping only his role of overseeing her money.
He has repeatedly said that there is no justification for his removal and that he has acted solely in the best interest of her daughter.
The guardianship was established in 2008 when Britney Spears began having very public mental struggles as the media became obsessed with every moment of her, hordes of paparazzi aggressively followed her everywhere and she lost custody of her children.
Tuesday’s presentation cites how Britney Spears’ “passionate plea” to end the legal settlement in a June 23 court speech shocked those who wanted to see her released, citing that afternoon’s transcript.
“I just want my life back,” Britney Spears said. “And 13 years have passed and it is enough. It has been a long time since I have owned my money. And it is my wish and my dream that all this ends without being tested. ”
Tuesday’s filing notes that Spears said she did not know she could file a petition to end the guardianship, which she has yet to do. She says Penny’s decision to allow her to select Rosengart as her attorney shows that the court entrusts her with her main options. And she says the evidence shows that she has apparently “demonstrated a level of independence” by doing things like driving around Southern California herself.
She also cites her desire to make her own decisions about therapy and other medical care Spears had said in her June 23 speech that she, under her tutelage, forced her to take certain medications and use an intrauterine device for birth control against her will.
James Spears requested a judicial investigation of these and other accusations, saying that they were matters that were beyond her control because he had resigned as guardian of the person of his daughter, turning the paper over to the professional appointed by the court Jodi. Montgomery.
Rosengart said when he was hired in July that she intended to help end the guardianship and questioned whether it was necessary to establish it in the first place, although he had not yet filed an application to terminate it.
Instead, she said his first priority was to get rid of James Spears, whom she challenged to resign on the spot in his first court appearance In the email from him responding to the termination request, Rosengart indicated that his tactics would not change.
“It appears that Mr. Spears believes that he may try to avoid accountability and justice,” Rosengart said, “even sitting down for an affidavit and responding to another discovery under oath, but while we evaluate his submission (which was inappropriately submitted to the media before he was served with an attorney) we will also continue to explore all options. ”
Spears credited the initial existence of the curatorship with keeping her career afloat, though now he has put his work completely on hold for more than two years.
Fans who objected to their circumstances and saw what they believed to be pleas for help on the pop star’s Instagram posts began calling #FreeBritney online and began showing up outside of court hearings to protest.
Famous names, from Miley Cyrus to Britney Spears ‘ex Justin Timberlake, have joined the clamor in recent months, especially after Spears’ pair of passionate court speeches in June and July Penny, the judge with the supreme power over guardianship, didn’t seem inclined to end it before her, but she hasn’t been presented with such a clear opportunity either.