Britney Spears saw victory in court on Wednesday as a Los Angeles judge suspended the singer’s father Jamie from the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years.
This comes a week after the singer’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart asked the court to suspend Jamie Spears, 69, and formally appoint a temporary successor John Zabel, a certified public accountant.
Jamie Spears’ lawyer questioned the experience of Zabel, stating in court documents that he is “not a licensed professional fiduciary” and “is a stranger to this Court.” However, Rosengart argued that Zabel is “a highly-esteemed, nationally-recognized award-winning CPA with an impeccable record of serving in positions of trust” who “will also be supported by Ms. Spears’ business management and forensic accounting teams.”
Jodi Montgomery remains her personal conservator, a role she assumed temporarily after Jamie stepped down as his daughter’s personal conservator in 2019 for health reasons.
The current situation is untenable,” Judge Brenda Penny said at the Wednesday court hearing. “It reflects a toxic environment which requires the suspension of James Spears.”
Peeny scheduled a hearing for November 12 to discuss whether to terminate the conservatorship entirely.
The “I wanna go’ singer spoke publicly for the first time in court on June 23 delivering a lengthy emotional testimony in court, blasting the arrangement with her father calling it “abusive” and had been used to “ruin” her life.
“I just want my life back,” she said. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive.”
Jamie Spears and his lawyers have denied all allegations of abuse, saying in court filings that “all he wants is what is best for his daughter”.
“If Ms Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr Spears believes that she should get that chance,” stated the legal document addressed to the judge earlier this month.
At the lastest court hearing, the 39-year-old singer’s lawyer Rosengart said Jamie’s removal was the first step toward ending a “Kafka-esque nightmare” for his client, adding that she “has been abused by this man not only for the past decade, but since her childhood”.
Rosengart, has also pushed for an investigation into the conduct of those who have administered the conservatorship, which has been in place since 2008, after the popstar suffered a mental breakdown.