United States: court withdraws guardianship of Britney Spears from her father

A Los Angeles court ruled on Wednesday to withdraw the guardianship of Britney Spears from her father Jamie, whom he had obtained in 2008.

It’s a verdict she’s been waiting for a long time. A Los Angeles court decided Wednesday, September 29 to withdraw the guardianship of Britney Spears to her father Jamie, in accordance with the wishes of the singer who had qualified as “abusive” this measure which she asks for the cancellation.

Judge Brenda Penny said during this eagerly awaited hearing that the current agreement was “untenable” as it stood. She therefore decided, “in the interest” of the artist , to suspend  Jamie Spears  from his role as tutor with immediate effect.

This guardianship, set up in 2008 after  mental disorders manifested by the star , remains in force until further notice but Jamie Spears no longer has a say in the management of his daughter’s private life or finances. , entrusted to professionals.

The court is expected to rule on the end of this guardianship measure at a future hearing, likely by the end of the year . Jamie Spears  “must be suspended on September 29, and the wardship must end quickly,” wrote Mathew Rosengart, lawyer for Britney Spears, in a petition filed this week. “Every day that passes with him as a tutor – every day and every hour – is a day when he causes his daughter anguish and pain, ” he continued.

Britney Spears’ father was removed from his controversial role as his daughter’s guardian on Wednesday by a Los Angeles judge, ending a long and bitter legal battle by the pop princess.

Jamie Spears was suspended with immediate effect and replaced with a temporary conservator “in the best interests” of the singer, said Judge Brenda Penny. A hearing to fully terminate the guardianship is expected before the end of the year.

“Mr Spears is ordered to turn over all the conservatorship assets,” said Penny.

Spears’ father has controlled her life for the past 13 years, under a controversial legal arrangement that the 39-year-old US singer has slammed as “abusive” and that her lawyers had demanded be scrapped.

Wednesday’s move came after a years-long campaign that played out in public, and after the emergence in the last week of two new powerful documentaries that contained allegations Jamie Spears had bugged his daughter’s phone calls.

Dozens of supporters had gathered outside a Los Angeles courtroom ahead of the hearing, many carrying colorful signs with slogans such as “Jail Jamie” and the ubiquitous “Free Britney” plea that has been taken up around the world by her supporters on social media.

The ruling came after Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart filed a motion to have her father removed.

“Every day that goes by with him as conservator — every day and every hour — is one in which he causes his daughter anguish and pain,” the petition says.

Those claims were seemingly bolstered by a New York Times documentary released Friday that alleged Jamie Spears had surveillance devices secretly installed in his daughter’s bedroom to record her conversations.

“It really reminded me of somebody that was in prison,” a former security firm employee told the “Controlling Britney Spears” filmmakers.

The pop star’s lawyers this week said the Times’ allegations about her father showed “horrifying and unconscionable invasions of his adult daughter’s privacy.”

Jamie Spears denies any illegal surveillance took place.

Yet another new documentary — Netflix’s “Britney vs Spears,” released on Tuesday — claims the singer twice tried to hire her own lawyer in the early years of the conservatorship, but was denied.

In July, Spears was finally successful in appointing her own lawyer — Rosengart — and last month, her father filed a petition for the conservatorship to be ended.

– ‘Never fit to serve’ –

In their own petition, Spears’ lawyers accused her father of seeking to delay the end of the guardianship for his own financial benefit.

His efforts are “a subterfuge, designed to avoid the stigma of being suspended and its consequences, including the likelihood of disgorgement and rejection of outstanding legal fees,” the petition alleges.

“Disgorgement” is a legal term meaning the repayment of ill-gotten gains.

Spears’ representatives and fans have long accused her father of profiting from the guardianship, which was set up after a highly public 2007 breakdown when the shaven-headed star attacked a paparazzo’s car at a gas station.

Meanwhile, Jamie Spears has objected to his daughter’s choice of a new temporary conservator to replace him, saying that certified public accountant John Zabel lacks the necessary experience, US media reported Monday.

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