Britney Spears’ request to remove her father from his position overseeing her conservatorship has been denied by a judge, a court filing revealed.The singer’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham, asked a court in Los Angeles to oust Jamie Spears from his position managing the multi-million dollar estate.When calling for Mr Spears to be removed in November last year, Mr Ingham said Ms Spears, 39, was scared of her father and wanted him gone from the conservatorship that has controlled her life since 2008. In court filings, Ms Spears said she wanted private wealth management firm the Bessemer Trust appointed as “sole conservator”.
The legal document states: “The conservatee’s request to suspend James P Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company Of California, N.A. as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice.”The filing was dated June 30 – a week after the pop superstar delivered a dramatic testimony calling for the end of the conservatorship.
Ms Spears told a court on June 23 the conservatorship was “abusive” and she wanted it to end without the need for a medical assessment.The mother-of-two said she was required to use a contraceptive device and was barred from marrying boyfriend Sam Asghari.Earlier, Mr Spears, 68, filed court documents of his own, denying he was responsible for the restrictions apparently placed on his daughter’s private life.He has overseen her estate for 13 years but has not been in charge of her personal affairs since September 2019, when he stepped down from that role due to ill health.
The star also said she had been denied the right to have more children and was put on the psychiatric drug lithium against her wishes.
Spears, a mother of two, said she wanted to marry her boyfriend and have another baby, but the conservatorship would not allow her to. She claimed she was prevented from having a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) removed so she could get pregnant.
“I just want my life back,” she said, via phone, as she asked the court to end her conservatorship.
However, the judge cannot make a ruling based on her statement until she files a formal petition to terminate the arrangement.
The documents filed on Wednesday refer only to the November request, in which Spears asked for the private wealth management firm the Bessemer Trust to be appointed as her “sole conservator”.
Although Judge Brenda Penny refused to remove Jamie Spears from his position, she did agree to the Bessemer Trust’s role as co-conservator of the star’s multi-million dollar estate.
The wealth management firm that was set to become a co-conservator of Britney Spears’s finances has said it does not want to be part of the arrangement.
Bessemer Trust had been approved as co-conservator of the star’s $60m (£43.6m) fortune last year.
But after the 39-year-old singer told a court that the legal arrangement was abusive, the financial firm asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny to approve its resignation.
Among the reasons given were “changed circumstances” including the “fact that the conservatee claimed irreparable harm to her interests”.
Spears told the court last week that she wanted the arrangement ended, saying: “I want my life back.”
She said she had been sent to hospital involuntarily and that medication had been switched without her knowledge, comparing her treatment to those who have been sex-trafficked.
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