Judge Denies Britney Spears' Request to Remove Father from Conservatorship
Published Jul 01, 2021After an emotional plea by Britney Spears to alter the terms of her conservatorship — which she says has limited her reproductive rights, among other things — a California judge has ruled against the pop star's request to have her father Jamie Spears removed from his controlling position in the legal arrangement.
Judge Brenda Penny did appoint the financial company Bessemer Trust as a co-conservator of Spears' $60 million USD estate in the ruling made yesterday (June 30).
UPDATE (7/1, 2:24 p.m. ET): According to TMZ, Bessemer is now backing out of its role as Spears' co-conservator, leaving her father Jamie as the sole conservator in the arrangement.
"The conservator's request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of the estate is denied without prejudice," the court filing reads.
On Tuesday (June 29), CNN reported that sources close to Spears expect that her attorney Samuel Ingham will submit a petition to end the conservatorship entirely.
Last week, Spears spoke out for the first time about the "abusive" arrangement, which was put in place 13 years ago. She alleged that under her father's control, she has been forced to take Lithium, wears an intrauterine contraceptive device, and is not allowed to make her own doctor's appointments, all of which has affected her mental health.
"I'm so angry I can't sleep, and I am depressed," she said in a virtual hearing. "I want to be heard. I want changes and I want changes going forward. I deserve changes."
Since the hearing, multiple celebrity pals have come forward in support of Spears, including Christina Aguilera and her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake.