by Andrew Dalton | The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – In a major victory for Britney Spears, a judge on Wednesday suspended from guardianship the father of the singer, who has controlled her life and money for 13 years, saying the arrangement was “a toxic environment”. reflects.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penney agreed with a plea by Spears and her attorney that James Spears needed to leave his role as mentor. The decision comes months after the pop star pleaded for her father’s removal in a theatrical court hearing.
“The current situation is unstable,” Penny said after hearing arguments from both sides. “It reflects a toxic environment that required the suspension of James Spears.”
James Spears sought conservatism in 2008 and has been its primary controller and greatest champion. He has reversed course in recent weeks, asking the judge to end the stereotype.
Britney Spears and her lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, agreed that the stereotyping must end and said in court documents that the expulsion of James Spears was a necessary first step in “ending the Kafkaesque nightmare that befell her.”
Spears’ attorneys have been aggressively pushing for her father’s removal since she was allowed to hire Rosengart in July.
Fans were excited by the decision.
“My heart is racing out of my chest,” said Lorin Sisko of Hawaii, who flew to Los Angeles for the hearing and said she’s been in the courthouse for every proceedings for the past year. “I’m so excited for what he has to do with the rest of his life.”
Hours before the hearing, a major road outside the courthouse was closed to vehicles, allowing about 100 Spears supporters to march and host a rally, where they shouted “Hey, hey, ho, Yes, the conservatorship has to go!” And other pro-Britney chants. As the crowd grew, fans sang the hits “Toxic” and “Baby One More Time” and speakers described outrageous stereotypes that affected their families.
“We’re just making history,” said Martino Odeh, 27, who traveled from Phoenix. “And the fact that we can change the life of a pop star who’s been robbed of her rights for 13 years is insane. It’s monumental.”
Rosengart said in another filing this week that James Spears “crossed bottomless lines” by engaging in her illegal surveillance, including communications with her attorney, as described in a documentary by The New York Times and the FX network “Controlling Britney.” Spears”. One of two dueling documentaries released on the eve of the hearing.
Britney Spears also got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari earlier this month, which is meant to reach a prenuptial agreement that shouldn’t involve her father, her court filing said.
In 2019 James Spears stepped aside control of his finances, retaining only his role as custodian of his assets, with control over his life decisions as the so-called custodian of his daughter’s person. He and his lawyers have said that many of his daughter’s complaints about his control over her life are baseless.
Jodie Montgomery, a court-appointed professional, now serves as Britney Spears’ person mentor, and Rosengart said in court documents that Montgomery also agreed to end the stereotype, as long as it is safe and smooth. can be done accordingly.
James Spears has denied acting in anything other than his daughter’s best interest. He said in court papers that he was not aware of “reports from a single medical professional nor a probate investigator” who concluded that his presence as guardian was harming his daughter or her should be changed.
The Conservatorship was established in 2008 when Britney Spears began having a public mental conflict as mobs of paparazzi aggressively followed her everywhere and she lost custody of her children.