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It was not possible to escape from the guardianship of the father: the court refused the petition of Britney Spears


Source: with the BBC

Britney Spears and her lawyer continue to fight in court against the singer's father and his sole custody of her assets. with the BBC.

The Los Angeles court left the father of singer Britney Spears in the role of her guardian. The singer began the fight for his removal in August. She wanted her personal manager and finance company to share custody.

In the summer, the #FreeBritney movement gained momentum on the Internet. At the same time, Spears started talking about the fact that she wants to start participating in decisions concerning her life and career.

38-year-old Britney's father, Jamie Spears, has been in charge of her affairs for 12 years. In 2008, the court gave him these powers after a series of scandalous incidents provoked by the singer's mental health problems.

Spears temporarily stopped being a guardian in 2019 due to health concerns, and the role was taken over by the singer's personal manager, Jodie Montgomery.

In the current petition to remove Spears from the position of guardian, the singer's lawyer emphasized that she was afraid of her father and would not perform concerts again while he was managing her affairs.

The singer wanted Montgomery to continue to control her personal life, and a financial company for her career.

Britney's father's lawyer insisted that Jamie Spears had always acted exclusively in the best interests of her daughter, protecting her from intruders who wanted to capitalize on her vulnerable position.

In particular, during his custody, she became the owner of a fortune of $ 60 million from a debtor, mired in multimillion-dollar litigation.

The judge agreed with the arguments of the lawyer Jamie Spears, responding at the same time to the request of the singer herself that the financial company Bessemer Trust should also participate in the guardianship. The judge also said that in the future she is ready to consider new appeals to remove Jamie Spears from the process or to completely return the singer herself to control over her affairs and decisions.

Several dozen fans of the singer from the #FreeBritney movement gathered outside the courthouse, who appear there during each hearing. Supporters of the movement believe that the singer's father and others are keeping her in prison for their own mercantile interests.

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During Tuesday's hearings, the singer's lawyer, Samuel Ingem, said that Spears and her father did not maintain an effective working relationship and had not spoken at all for a long time. In response, Jamie Spears' spokesperson Vivian Thorin noted that the reason for the lack of contact between them is only because Ingham himself advised his client not to support him.

In a document filed with a Los Angeles court in August, Britney Spears' representatives said that "she strongly opposes her father returning to the role of her guardian."

Initially, the singer supported the appointment of her father as a guardian, the document said. She admits that he “saved her from destruction, exploitation by predators and financial ruin” and helped her “regain her position as a world-class performer”.

Despite this, she wanted Montgomery to become her permanent guardian after the temporary guardianship ended on August 22nd.

The role of the #FreeBritney movement

The #FreeBritney movement emerged after the singer canceled her February 2019 dates and temporarily disappeared from social media. Fans were worried if everything was okay with her, and began to claim that her father was holding her in captivity.

Among the supporters of the campaign are celebrities such as the singers Cher and Miley Cyrus, as well as the actress Ariel Winter, who, as a minor, achieved the transfer of custody of herself from her mother to third parties.

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Britney Spears' father called the movement a joke, and its followers - conspirators, insisting that he reports every year on every cent earned by the singer.

But in September, attorney Britney Spears responded with words of encouragement to #FreeBritney.

“The custody of Britney has attracted unprecedented interest from the press and social media. This is not a joke or a conspiracy theory - this is a legitimate and even expected result of how aggressively James used procedures to hide the details of court hearings from the public, ”said Sam Ingham.

Spears and his lawyers regularly asked the court to make all hearings as closed as possible, explaining this by the desire to protect personal medical data, details of the lives of Spears' children and professional secrets, and judge Brenda Penny always agreed to this.

But Ingem insists that if these measures were necessary several years ago, then the circumstances have changed since then, and now the closed hearings, on the contrary, harm Britney's interests.

Why did Britney Spears need guardianship?

Guardianship is usually assigned over children or adults who, for some reason (for example, for health reasons, including mental ones), cannot make decisions on their own, and are often temporary.

Britney Spears' case is quite unusual from a legal point of view.

For the past 12 years, the singer's father has been in charge of her property, career and finances, and also controlled her personal life. The lawyer who combined this role with him resigned last year.

In particular, the guardian can limit the circle of people with whom she communicates, as well as discuss her condition and course of treatment with the attending physicians.

It all started with the fact that in 2007 Britney Spears decided to divorce Kevin Federline, who was her husband for only two years, but managed to become the father of two sons - Sean Preston and Jayden James.

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Federline, who was a dancer from the Spears troupe before marriage, sued the sole custody of both children, referring to the “inappropriate behavior” of his wife, namely: the decision to shave baldly (the singer herself said that she did this as a sign of solidarity with her own aunt, who had died shortly before cancer), a car attack by a paparazzi that was chasing her, drug abuse, and the fact that she began to speak with a “British accent”.

In January 2008, she was sent to a psychiatric clinic (according to Spears herself, without her consent), and a month later, the singer's father Jamie Spears and family lawyer Andrew Wallet received temporary custody of her, which in October of the same year became permanent - according to the written her father's petition.

Since then, she has released three albums, performed in concerts for two years, and also starred in several TV shows and series.

Britney Spears last performed in 2018. In January 2019, she announced that she was canceling a series of performances in Las Vegas, which was supposed to begin in February of that year, and was taking a hiatus from concert activities.

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