Britney Spears appeared in Los Angeles court on Wednesday to discuss the status of her longtime guardianship.
From the start, Spears was on the offensive, opposing a request for a closed-door hearing. “They did a good job at operator my life, she said. “It should be a public hearing and they should listen and hear what I have to say.”
“The people who did this shouldn’t be able to go away,” Spears said to begin our testimony. She had particularly pointed words for her father Jamie, saying that he “liked the control he had over me, one hundred thousand percent.”
“After telling the whole world that I’m fine, that’s a lie. I’m not happy, can’t sleep, I’m depressed, I cry every day, “she added.” It’s my wish and my dream that this will all end. “
Last March, the singer’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, formally asked the court to dismiss her father, Jamie Spears, as his daughter’s curator and replace him permanently with Jodi Montgomery. In 2019, Montgomery was his temporary curator when Jamie struggled with health issues.
The petition would not affect Jamie’s involvement in his daughter’s estate, which he has co-managed alongside Bessemer Trust Company since the organization was named co-curator in November 2020.
Britney’s Guardianship was first put in place in 2008, following a series of very public mental health issues and blackouts. Over the past few years, he has sought to regain control of her career and finances, sparking a public legal dispute between her and her father.
A report in The New York Times earlier this week detailed how Britney has quietly moved behind the scenes for several years to remove Jamie from his role as curator. In a hearing closed to the public in 2014, Ingham told the court his client wanted to explore his father’s removal from control of his finances and career, citing a “shopping list” of grievances, including consumerism. Jamie’s alcohol.
Two years later, a court investigator assigned to Britney’s case said she described guardianship as “an oppressive and controlling tool against her.” According to the investigator’s report, the singer wanted it to be ended as quickly as possible because she “was fed up with being abused”. The investigator added: “She said she was the one who worked and made her money, but everyone around her is on her payroll.”
Britney announced that she was taking an indefinite break from work in January 2019, a month before the opening of her residence in Las Vegas. During a closed-door hearing that spring, she read a statement claiming that she was forced into a mental health facility against her will, which she interpreted as punishment for standing up for herself and having objected during a rehearsal.
In November 2020, Spears threatened to stop performing altogether as long as his father remained his curator. Earlier this year, she scored a small legal victory when a judge rejected Jamie’s request to remove Bessemer Trust as a third-party co-custodian of his estate.