Sunday, October 24, 2021

Judge suspends Britney Spears’ father from guardianship

Set up November 12 hearing on ending conservatism

A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday suspended Britney’s Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, from the guardianship that has controlled the pop star’s life and finances for the past 13 years.

“The current situation is not well. It reflects a toxic environment that requires the suspension of Jamie Spears, which is effective today,” Superior Court Judge Brenda Penney said during a three-hour hearing at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles .

Penney also held a hearing on November 12 to decide whether to end the conservatism.

Penny said an accountant, John Zabel, would replace Jamie Spears on a temporary basis.

Britney Spears fans cheered outside the court after learning about the verdict.

Pop singer Cher wrote on Twitter, ‘I’m so excited about him. Bless our superstar.”

The decision comes months after Britney Spears sought to remove her father, telling a June court hearing, “I want my life back.”

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Singer Britney Spears on June 28, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jamie Spears established guardianship in 2008 after Britney Spears had a mental breakdown in 2007.

In 2019, he stepped down as guardian over his daughter’s personal affairs, which included taking control of her life decisions. The role was given to Montgomery, a court-appointed professional pair.

Jamie Spears retained her role as custodian of her daughter’s estate, with control over her finances. In August, he finally agreed to step down from the role of custodian of his daughter’s estate.

But in early September, he filed a petition calling for an end to the conservatism, arguing that it would make his removal pointless and that he should remain in the role to help make arrangements.

“As Mr Spears has repeatedly said, he only wants what is best for his daughter,” his lawyer, Vivian Lee Thorin, wrote in a filing in early September. “If Ms. Spears wants to end stereotypes and believes she can manage her own life, Mr. Spears believes she should get that opportunity.”

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Britney Spears previously called the stereotype “outrageous”. At a June court hearing, she said, “It’s been a long time since I’ve owned my money. And it’s my wish and my dream that it all ends without trial.”

During Wednesday’s proceedings, her father connected remotely but did not speak. His lawyer argued that there was no justification for his removal.

Lawyer Vivian Thorin told the judge on Wednesday, “There is not a single piece of evidence to support the suspension.” “His record is impeccable.”

The 39-year-old singer did not appear at the latest court hearing, but she was represented by her lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, whom she granted permission to hire in July.

Rosengart argued that Jamie Spears wanted to end the stereotype because he did not want records of his transactions to be passed on to a successor who could investigate his “corruption”.

After the hearing, Rosengart said he would pursue “even more serious implications for this”. [Jamie Spears’] misconduct,” which includes investigating the actions of Jamie Spears and her representatives. Rosengart also suggested that law enforcement should investigate a news report alleging that a listening device was placed in Britney Spears’ bedroom had gone.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mimi Nguyen Liu


Mimi Nguyen Lai is a reporter based in Australia. She covers world news, focusing on American news. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Optometry and Vision Science from the University of New South Wales. Contact him at [email protected]


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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