Britney Spears has told her attorney that she’s afraid of her father and refuses to resume her career as long as he has power over it.
Yesterday (November 10), LA superior court judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend James Spears from his central role in the court conservatorship that’s controlled the singer’s life and career for 12 years.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” said Samuel D Ingham III, Britney’s attorney. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”
But the judge said she would consider future petitions for his suspension or removal as Spears’ conservator, which Ingham plans to file.
James Spears’ attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, maintained that there wasn’t any evidence to support James’ suspension as Britney’s conservator, and dismissed Ingham’s statements about their father-daughter relationship as hearsay.
The judge did, however, approve that a corporate fiduciary, the Bessemer Trust, will serve as co-conservator over Spears’ estate along with her father, as per Britney’s request.
Lynne Spears, Britney’s mother and James’ ex-wife, said through her attorney that her daughter shouldn’t be forced to obey her father’s unreasonable demands, referring to their relationship as “toxic”. She added that it’s “time to start fresh” and remove him.
James Spears originally became Britney’s conservator following her alleged breakdown in 2007. The conservatorship grants control over much of her career, estate, finances, and personal life, and has recently been extended to at least 2021. In September, Spears called for her conservatorship case to be made public.