Following a hearing on Wednesday (29 September), a Los Angeles judge ruled that the 39-year-old’s father will be immediately suspended as her conservator after stating that the arrangement was no longer in the pop star’s best interests.
Responding to the news, Jamie Spears’s lawyer Vivian L Thoreen released a statement, which can be read in full below, condemning “false attacks” against her client.
“Mr Spears loves his daughter Britney unconditionally,” the statement reads. “For thirteen years, he has tried to do what is in her best interests, whether as a conservator or her father. This started with agreeing to serve as her conservator when she voluntarily entered into the conservatorship. This included helping her revive her career and re-establish a relationship with her children.
“For anyone who has tried to help a family member dealing with mental health issues, they can appreciate the tremendous amount of daily worry and work this required.
“For Mr Spears, this also meant biting his tongue and not responding to all the false, speculative, and unsubstantiated attacks on him by certain members of the public, media, or more recently, Britney’s own attorney. These facts make the outcome of yesterday’s hearing all the more disappointing, and frankly, a loss for Britney.
“Respectfully, the court was wrong to suspend Mr Spears, put a stranger in his place to manage Britney’s estate, and extend the very conservatorship that Britney begged the court to terminate earlier this summer.”
The statement continued: “Again, it was Mr Spears who took the initiative to file the petition to terminate the conservatorship when neither Britney’s former court-appointed counsel nor her new privately-retained attorney would do so.
“It was Mr Spears who asked the court at yesterday’s hearing to immediately terminate the conservatorship while Britney’s own attorney argued against it.
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“Despite the suspension, Mr Spears will continue to look out for the best interests of his daughter and work in good faith towards a positive resolution of all matters.”
Britney Spears, meanwhile, has been celebrating. Moments after the news broke, the singer and her fiancé Sam Asghari posted on Instagram. “On cloud 9 right now,” she captioned a video of her flying a prop plane.
Asghari posted a photograph of a lioness, accompanied by the caption: “The power of the lioness!!!!! #freebritney.”
Britney Spears has been under conservatorship for 13 years since she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 2008.
The judge is still yet to decide if Britney Spears’s conservatorship will be terminated. A ruling is expected to be made this autumn.
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