judge denies britney spears' request to remove father from conservatorship.
Britney Spears and James P Spears [photo courtesy]
byJuly 1, 2021
A judge has denied Britney Spears's request to remove her father from his role overseeing her conservatorship, a court filing reveals.
The singer's lawyer, Samuel Ingham, asked a court in Los Angeles to oust Jamie Spears from his position managing the multimillion-dollar estate.
When calling for Jamie Spears to be removed in November last year, Ingham said Spears, 39, was scared of her father and wanted him gone from the conservatorship that she says has controlled her life since 2008.
Britney Spears said she wanted private wealth management firm the Bessemer Trust appointed as "sole conservator" in court filings.
However, documents filed in Los Angeles show Judge Brenda Penny refused the request while rubber-stamping Bessemer Trust's role as co-conservator of the estate.
The legal document states: "The conservatee's request to suspend James P Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company Of California, NA as sole conservator of the estate is denied without prejudice."
The filing was dated 30th June, a week after the pop superstar delivered dramatic testimony calling for the conservatorship to end.
She was placed under the complex legal arrangement – usually reserved for the very old and infirm – after suffering a series of mental breakdowns.
Spears told a court on 23rd June that the conservatorship was "abusive", and that she wanted it to end without the need for a medical assessment. She said she had been forced to work against her will and that the conservatorship stopped her from removing a contraceptive device to try for another child.