Britney Spears’ lawyer has accused her father of trying to get about $2m in payments before stepping down from the conservatorship that controls her career and personal life.
The pop star has in the recent months been locked in a legal battle with her father to remove him from the conservatorship she has been under for over a decade describing the arrangement as abusive.
Although Jamie Spears said in a court filing last month that he would eventually resign, Rosengart wants him to step down “today, before he is suspended.”
The new court document filed by attorney Mathew Rosengart on Tuesday argues the upcoming scheduled accounting of the conservatorship, which the singer’s father says he wants completed before he steps down, will mean significant payments for him.
“Britney Spears will not be extorted,” the filing states. “Mr Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms Spears’s estate by Mr Spears and his associates, is a non-starter.”
“Britney Spears will not be bullied or extorted by her father. Nor does Mr. Spears have the right to try to hold his daughter hostage by setting the terms of his removal. This is not about him, it is about the best interests of his daughter, which as a matter of law, mandate his removal.”
“Even putting aside the legal issues requiring his prompt removal, if he loves his daughter, Mr. Spears should resign now, today, before he is suspended. It would be the correct and decent thing to do.” says the filing.
Mr Rosengart has asked Brenda Penny, the judge in the case, to remove Jamie Spears as his client‘s conservator at the next hearing scheduled for Sept. 29.