Will supporters of the #FreeBritney movement have their wish granted? This is in any case what is looming, while the singer’s father officially asked the courts on Tuesday to end the guardianship measure under which his daughter has been placed for more than thirteen years. The American star’s fight should ultimately pay off. But Britney Spears is not yet done with justice.
The interpreter of Toxic has been under guardianship since 2008, when she raised concerns for her mental health after a high-profile descent into hell. For more than ten years it was his father, Jamie Spears, who managed all aspects of his life. As of 2019, the man has been “only” responsible for his daughter’s fortune, leaving Jodi Montgomery, a professional curator, to take care of the personal life of the 39-year-old pop star.
His father gives in to the pressure
For years, Britney Spears has struggled to remove her father’s controversial guardianship and regain her freedom. His fight was relayed by thousands of fans around the world, via the hashtag #FreeBritney. At the end of June, she spoke in Los Angeles court via a video link. For about twenty minutes, speaking uninterruptedly with an extremely fast flow, Britney Spears assured to have had to take drugs to control his behavior, not to have been authorized to make decisions concerning his friendships or his finances, and not to have was able to have an IUD removed when she wanted to have more children.
“I just want to get my life back, it’s been thirteen years and that’s enough,” she pleaded. But justice rejected the singer’s request before a new hearing in mid-July. She was then able to choose her own lawyer, a first. A few days later, the singer announced that she will no longer perform on stage as long as her father controls her career.
Faced with media pressure, his father agreed last month to give up being the guardian. He then wished “to work with the court and his daughter’s new lawyer to prepare for a smooth transition to a new guardian”. But Jamies Spears now believes his daughter “is entitled to ask the court to seriously consider whether this guardianship measure is still necessary,” according to new legal documents filed in court and viewed by US media.
Britney wants to see her guardians “in jail”
Jamies Spears says himself in favor of an outright lifting of guardianship measures, as his daughter has requested this summer. The documents further claim that nothing in the law compels Britney Spears to go through a new psychological assessment in order to be able to end this guardianship. An examination that the artist has expressly refused so far.
“The guardianship has helped Miss Spears through a major crisis in her life, to recover and advance in her career, to put her finances and her affairs in order. But recently things have changed”, underlines the last filed request. By his father. This will be examined by the courts at a hearing scheduled for September 29.
Judge Brenda Penny, in charge of the case, is expected to decide Britney Spears’ fate at that time. Unless another member of his family objects, the celebrity should – finally – be released from his tutelage. Which does not mean that it will not yet have to do with justice.
Because the singer could well sue her father to obtain compensation. Last June, she considered that her father, her manager and “all the people involved in this supervision” had their place “in prison”. “The people who did this to me should not be able to get away with this”, she had indicated to the judge, reports the New Yorker. In July, she announced her intention to press charges against Jamie Spears for her “abusive” guardianship.
Mathew Rosengart, the attorney appointed by Britney Spears, confirmed to CNN that the star continued to “explore all options”. According to him, Jamie Spears “tries to deny his responsibility and to evade justice”. The father of the star would have even refused to withdraw from the guardianship before the establishment of his report, in order to collect two million dollars. Once free, Britney Spears, who considers herself despoiled by her father, could ask for the reimbursement of what he has spent years with his money.
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