Britney Spears continued her legal fight against her father, James Spears, in court recently. Britney’s lawyer requested to have James removed from his role as conservator over Britney’s estate. Britney has been in a conservatorship since 2008. Her father, James Spears, has had the main role in making decisions for Britney since that time, although he is currently only the conservator of her estate, not her person. Britney, through her attorney, has requested that James be removed from the conservatorship entirely and commented that she is “afraid” of her father.
During the court proceeding, which took place November 10, 2020, in Los Angeles, James’ legal team argued that he has responsibly managed Britney’s money and deserves the credit for maintaining her net worth of approximately $60 million dollars. Britney did not attend the hearing, but both of her parents appeared through video. Britney’s mother, Lynne Spears, also requested James’ removal from the conservatorship.
Britney, who has not performed live since 2018, canceled her most recent Las Vegas residency before it began. During the court hearing, Britney’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, stated that Britney has confirmed that she will not work until her father is removed from the conservatorship. He also told the court that Britney and her father have not spoken to each other in several months.
Angry Britney fans have launched a movement, known as #FreeBritney, designed to bring attention to Britney’s legal battles and advocate for the dissolution of the conservatorship. While James Spears has referred to the fans as “conspiracy theorists” and requested that all legal documents pertaining to the case are sealed, Britney’s lawyer has requested that the documents be released. Britney’s fans routinely post all of the information they have access to regarding the conservatorship online and hold protests to raise awareness. Fans question why Britney’s conservatorship has been in place so long.
There have been some changes to the handling of Britney’s finances lately. Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney’s younger sister, had been chosen as a trustee of Britney’s estate two years ago. However, Jamie Lynn recently withdrew her petition to serve as a trustee. Lou Taylor, Britney’s business manager, also recently resigned.
Although Judge Brenda J. Penny did not approve Britney’s request to remove James as a conservator, she did approve Britney’s request to appoint Bessemer Trust Co. as a co-conservator of the estate. The next court hearing will be December 16, 2020. Britney fans reported that they were pleased with this progress and with Ingham’s representation of Britney.