Britney Spears has filed a lawsuit against her father, Jamie Spears, to have him removed as conservator of her estate. According to the lawyer of the 38-year old singer, the request came simply because Britney was ‘afraid of him’ (her father) and would not perform so long he acted in that capacity.
Jamie’s lawyer has, however, countered the claims insisting that her father had always acted in the best interests of his daughter, since the day he took up the role as Britney’s legal guardian twelve years ago, following concerns about her mental health.
Consequent on the lawsuit, a US court has rejected the lawsuit. A judge has nonetheless maintained that she would consider future appeals for his dismissal or outright removal.
In the meantime, financial company Bessemer Trust has been appointed as a co-conservator. This is in tune with the demand of the pop singer.
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Meanwhile, during a hearing on Tuesday, Ms Spears’ lawyer, Samuel Ingham, said Britney and her father have no ‘viable working relationship’ and have not spoken in a ‘long while’.
Jamie’s lawyer has however insisted that this was because Britney’s lawyer advised her against it. She further defended Jamie’s effectiveness as Britney’s conservator stating that before his assumption of the role, Ms Spears was fighting tens of millions of dollars in lawsuits. But under his guidance, Vivian Thoreen said her business operation was now worth $60m (£45m).
A group of fans have also joined in the legal battle. The legal battle is taking place against the backdrop of a movement called ‘Free Britney’- a group of fans who believe Ms Spears is being kept prisoner by her father and others.
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