The Britney Spears conservatorship saga has once again taken another turn. On Thursday, Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart filed a petition to remove the former popstar’s father from her conservatorship.
Rosengart, who was appointed to this case last month, asked Los Angeles Superior Judge Brenda Penny to remove James “Jamie” Spears as conservator on the grounds of alleged emotional, psychological and financial suffering. According to the filing, “Mr. Spears has also enriched himself at the expense of his daughter,” allegedly paying himself $2000 more a month than he bestows in allowance to his daughter.
In late July, Spears struggled to gain permission from her father to go on a short vacation. Though she was eventually granted permission to travel to Maui, the attorney argued that this dispute caused unneeded and understandable anguish, especially considering the source of the funds was earned by the singer herself.
The filing also calls for an immediate investigation into Jamie Spears’ allegedly inappropriate use of his daughter’s money. Rosengart asserts that in 2019, Jamie Spears allegedly paid his daughter’s management company an excess of $300,000, which is twice the amount allowable to Spears on an annual basis.
Rosengart has requested for a new hearing to be scheduled before the next conservatorship hearing on September 29th. If this cannot be granted, Spears and her attorney are requesting for suspension of Jamie Spears’ powers immediately.
In response to Jamie Spears’ alleged abuse of powers, Rosengart asked the courts to replace Spears’ father with professional accountant Jason Rubin as this represents an “objectively intelligent preference.”
In support of Spears, her mother and conservator-of-the-person have testified that Jamie Spears’ relationship with his daughter is detrimental to her health and mental well-being.
This news is just the latest installment in what has been a lengthy and public battle for the singer’s conservatorship freedom. Over the past few months, Spears has garnered increasing support from fans and social media users demanding justice. Even Congress has entered the fray with two representatives proposing a bill that would prevent similar future cases and make it easier for people under conservatorship to change guardians to someone who wasn’t appointed by the court initially.