Spears’ court-appointed lawyer, Samuel Ingham III reportedly asked the court to remove Jamie Spears from his position and replace him with Bessemer Trust.
Since 2007, Britney Spears has been under the control of her father due to a court-ordered conservatorship that gave him complete control of her estate, and to an extent, her life. Finally, after 13 years, Spears spoke up about how she had to endure a lot of abuse because of it. On June 23, 2021, the mother-of-two pleaded with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny to put an end to the situation that took a toll on her mental health.
Despite gaining a lot of support from celebrities and her fans from all corners of the world, the Circus singer, unfortunately, lost the battle. According to Fox News, the pop icon's request to have her father removed from his role as conservator of her estate was denied.
"The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice," the court documents, which were obtained by Fox News, state. The popstar's father and Bessemer Trust have control over her estate, while professional conservator Jodi Montgomery has control over her person, states USA Today.
Spears’ court-appointed lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, reportedly asked the court to remove Jamie Spears from his position and replace him with Bessemer Trust, in a 2020 court filing. He revealed that his client was "afraid of her father." She also announced that she wouldn't perform until her father was no longer in control of her career.
However, just a day after the court rejected her petition, the professional co-conservator has now filed a petition in a Los Angeles Superior Court asking to be removed from its position as co-conservator with her father. Bessemer Trust cited Britney Spears’ desire to end the conservatorship during her June 23 testimony in its decision to step away from its role.
In the petition, Bessemer said it entered into the conservatorship because it "relied on the representations of the parties that the ongoing Conservatorship was voluntary." But now Bessemer is aware that Spears "objects to the continuance of her Conservatorship and desires to terminate the Conservatorship" and the company respects her wishes, the filing said, per TODAY.
Meanwhile, four members of Congress, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, of Georgia, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, of Florida, have invited the pop icon to testify before Congress, reports Fox13.
"You have been mistreated by America’s legal system. We want to help," reads the opening to the letter dated June 30 and addressed to Spears posted to the Florida Republican's website. "The United States Congress should hear your story and be inspired to bipartisan action. What happened to you should never happen to any other American."
"You owe nothing to anyone; you deserve to live a life of freedom and to choose your own path. Many others have used their fame to advance social, political, and criminal justice reform. We hope you will choose to accept our invitation to express your interest in speaking to Congress and to America for the sake of the justice you and many Americans deserve. Your life story and tremendous performing talent has continued to inspire people all over the world. We stand ready for your reply. We stand with you, Britney – whatever you decide."
As of now, there is no word from Spears or her rep about her accepting the invitation.
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