American pop superstar Britney Spears achieved a victory yesterday, Wednesday, in his attempt to end the personal and professional guardianship of father after a judge ruled that she can appoint her own attorney to end what she considers to be “abuse”.
Spears again gave her testimony by phone to a Los Angeles court, three weeks after his first and explosive intervention, in which she begged a judge to release her from her father’s guardianship.
This new testimony increased worldwide interest in a case that was already the subject of a frenzied #FreeBritney campaign (Free Britney) from her fans, who gathered by the hundreds in front of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
During the hearing on Wednesday, Judge Brenda Penny accepted the resignation of Spears’ previous attorney and said she would accept in his place Mathew Rosengart, appointed by the 39-year-old singer..
The word of the lawyer
Rosengart told AFP he will file a petition “as soon as possible” to remove Jamie Spears as the artist’s guardian, suggesting that he should simply resign.
Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears’ designated attorney. Photo AP Photo / Chris Pizzello.
“We will file a petition as soon as possible to remove Mr. Spears” of that role, said Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor who has previously represented such personalities as Steven Spielberg and Sean Penn.
“As I said in court, a very fair question is: why is Mr. Spears not voluntarily retiring? He no longer belongs to this ward. And we think he should voluntarily resign immediately.”
To the speaking to the court on the phone, Britney Spears was at times angry and upset -and used the odd expletive- while saying that he wanted to “press charges” against his father.
“I am angry and I will go for it,” said the singer, who even told the court: I came to think that “they were trying to kill me.”
“If the court doesn’t see this as abuse … I don’t know what it is”said the singer, calling for an investigation against her father and even suggesting that she might want a restraining order against him.
The Britney Way
Spears, who rose to fame in her teens, suffered a nervous breakdown that became public in 2007 when after shaving his head, he attacked a paparazzo’s car at a gas station.
The following year, a California court placed her under a single legal guardianship largely governed by her father, Jamie.
Spears was soon back in acting, released three albums, appeared on various television shows, and even accepted a residency in Las Vegas. But In January 2019, he abruptly announced that he was suspending his performances until further notice.
And later, last month, the singer made a passionate request for her situation to change, claiming that you had been prevented from removing an IUD contraceptive, despite wanting to have another child, and that they administered medications that made her feel “drunk.”
She also claimed that she had been forced to perform shows under threat of lawsuit and that He was not even allowed to change in private or drive his own car.
“I just want my life back. 13 years have passed and enough is enough.”Spears said at the hearing.
In Los Angeles, fans of Britney Spears gathered in front of the court to express their support for the singer’s request to appoint her own lawyer. Photo Robyn Beck / AFP.
Since that allegation, many of the central figures in the complex and controversial network created to manage their personal and professional affairs have distanced themselves. The lawyer who was appointed to the artist after her nervous breakdown, Samuel Ingham, asked to be removed from the case.
So did the financial management company that took over Spears’ estate jointly with her father Jamie, who remains in charge despite a petition to the contrary filed last year. Judge Brenda Penny granted both requests Wednesday.
Spears’ longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, also resigned. The artist has a lot of public support, from fans chanting outside the courtroom. even her musical partners Christina Aguilera and Madonna.
Britney Spears fans ask to be released from her father’s tutelage. Photo EFE / EPA / ETIENNE LAURENT.
At a small rally in Washington, 34-year-old Patrick Thomas, head of the newly created group Free Britney America, called the singer’s situation “archaic.”
“It’s not just about Britney. It’s about all the other people who are caught in a situation like that, what I would call a prison. And what she described as a situation of abuse and trafficking,” explained Thomas, whose group he’s pushing for a congressional hearing and federal oversight of the guardianships.
Judge Penny’s approval of Spears’ new attorney, pending formal confirmation, is a huge victory for the star.
The young woman said she wants the guardianship terminated without further “stupid” psychological testing, but that if testing is required she would settle for simply removing her father from the system.
Jamie Spears’ attorney did not object to the new attorney, but he told the court that the artist’s claim that her father is responsible for everything bad that has happened to him is “the furthest thing from the truth“.
Noting that he will not voluntarily resign, the attorney said Spears’ father “has been there 24 hours a day for the last 13 years”, and repeated an appeal for the court to investigate the singer’s allegations of abuse. Source Andrew MARSZAL / AFP.
Britney Spears fans protested at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, in one of the demonstrations held under the slogan “Free Britney.” (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)