“I want to press charges against my father today,” the singer told the judge in a tearful testimony.
Britney Spears has spoken out, once again, about her father and the abuse she's had to endure for years together in the second session since the tell-all conservatorship hearing three weeks ago. On Wednesday, July 14, an emotional Spears told Los Angeles County judge Brenda Penny that she would like to press formal charges against her father Jamie over his role in the conservatorship, according to CNN.
"I would like to charge my father with conservatorship abuse," she said, as she broke down in tears. “I want to press charges against my father today,” the singer added. “I want an investigation into my dad.”
"You're allowing my dad to ruin my life," Spears told the judge by phone, states Reuters. "I have to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse," she stressed, again.
During the hearing, the Criminal singer also called her conservatorship "fuc*in* cruelty", alleging that she was living with severe limitations like not being able to drink coffee. "If this is not abuse, I don't know what is."
She then added that she had always been "extremely scared of my dad." The fear goes way back to when Spears was left alone in her trailer multiple times a week. She said she used to be scared her dad Jamie would "show up drunk and embarrass her," hinting at her father's past issues with alcoholism, cites NBC News.
It wasn't just her diet, every aspect of her life was under control, which meant that she was forced into working 70-hour weeks constantly.
"I thought they were trying to kill me," the singer told the court.
Now, all she wants is for the conservatorship to come to an end, without having her being forced into another psychological evaluation like the countless ones she was made to go through in the past 13 years. "Their goal was to make me feel crazy, and I'm not," she said. "And that's not OK."
The hearing also addressed the sudden departure of her court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, who has handled her case since 2008. Judge Penny not only approved Ingham's resignation, but she also replaced him with Britney Spears’ chosen attorney, former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, whose firm has represented some big names in Hollywood, like Steven Spielberg, Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, and Eddie Vedder.
Rosengart, who spoke publicly for the first time on behalf of Spears, called on her father Jamie to voluntarily step down as her conservator, saying it was “in the best interest” of his client.
“Jamie Spears should be removed as conservator because it is in [the] best interest of the conservatee,” Rosengart said outside the courthouse on Wednesday. “We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal. The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that’s what’s in the best interest of the conservatee,” he added.
The attorney then lauded Spears' “courage, passion, and humanity” for speaking out in court, and called her testimony “clear, lucid, powerful, and compelling.”
Finally, he assured that “My firm and I will be taking a top to bottom look at what's happened over the past decade."
After the hearing, the Lucky singer posted a video on Instagram of her doing cartwheels and riding a horse, saying that she was celebrating "real representation today." Her caption included a middle finger emoji and #FreeBritney.
"I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED !!!! Thank you to my fans who are supporting me," she wrote. "You have no idea what it means to me be supported by such awesome fans !!!! God bless you all !!!!!"
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