The Britney Spears conservatorship saga and the #freebritney movement continue, with new, eye-opening details revealed recently when the pop star herself spoke publicly in a court appearance in Los Angeles. The conservatorship, put in place in 2008, should no longer be needed, Britney argued. She formally asked the court to ask temporary conservator, Jodi Montgomery, to remain in place to help Britney hire a new attorney since the court-appointed attorney recently resigned from that role. The court agreed and her new attorney, Mathew Rosengart, filed a request for a new conservator over her estate.
Some of the revelations in her court appearance were financial, including that Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, earns $16,000 each month as a salary for his role as conservator, twice what Britney’s monthly allowance is. In addition, it was revealed through court filings that the elder Spears has allegedly spent more than $2 million of his daughter’s money on legal fees, fighting to stay in his role as her conservator. In addition, he is entitled to a portion of her earnings on her world tours.
In her testimony, Britney also shared that she has an IUD in place and that she needs approval from her conservators to go to the doctor to have the device removed – approval which she says has not been granted. She also publicly questioned the need for the conservatorship at this point in her life, when she is working and actively employs other people. While she has made millions of dollars over the course of the conservatorship, she has not been able to control her own credit cards or even make new friends without her father’s approval as conservator.
Conservatorships can be valuable and necessary in certain situations, including those involving mentally challenged people and elderly people battling dementia. While Britney’s conservatorship was created at a time in her life when she was struggling, the time to end it may be overdue.
The Los Angeles Superior Court Judge who presided over the recent hearing did not rule on ending the conservatorship, but did clear the way for Britney to hire her own attorney to represent her. We will continue to monitor Britney’s journey during this time.
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