The pop star’s medical team says it is not in her ‘best interest’ to have Jamie Spears involved in the legal agreement
Earlier this week (July 26), Britney Spears’ attorney formally filed to remove her father as her conservator. Now, new legal documents have revealed that the pop star’s doctors back her request to have Jamie Spears dismissed.
As reported by Variety, Laurieann Wright, the lawyer for Britney’s temporary conservator Jodi Montgomery, submitted a document to the court that said Montgomery has “concluded that Jamie Spears should not continue to act as… conservator of the estate, because his doing so is not in the best interest of” Britney. It adds that the musician’s “medical team agrees that it is not in the best interest of the conservatee for Mr Spears to remain conservator”.
Montgomery, via her attorney, has also expressed support for certified public accountant (CPA) Jason Rubin to manage Britney’s finances while she’s under conservatorship. The singer’s new lawyer Matthew Rosengart – who she was given permission to appoint herself last week – previously said he and Britney both selected Rubin as the replacement conservator.
This isn’t the first time Britney has requested her father be removed as her conservator. In August last year, the musician said she was “strongly opposed” to having Jamie return as her guardian after he temporarily stepped down from the role in 2019 due to health issues. Earlier this month, a judge rejected Britney’s request, signing paperwork which maintained her father’s role.
The new court documents also exposed some disturbing revelations about Jamie’s control over his daughter. As well as allegedly encouraging a doctor to give Britney lithium and forcing her into a medical facility against her will, Jamie – who has made millions of Britney’s career – is said to have asked members of the singer’s inncer circle to spy on her.
Britney has been under conservatorship since 2008, following her five-day admission to a psychiatric hospital. Last month, after over a year of campaigning by the fan-started #FreeBritney movement, as well as a widely-watched New York Times documentary about her conservatorship, Britney spoke out about her opposition to the legal arrangement for the first time. Directly addressing the court, the singer requested that the conservatorship come to an end without an evaluation.
It was also the first time she detailed just how much control her conservators have over her life. Among the shocking revelations was the allegation that Britney wishes to marry her current boyfriend and have a baby, but is forbidden to do so under the rules of the conservatorship. “I have an IUD in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby,” she told the court, “and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out.”
Speaking about the guardianship’s impact on her life, Britney said: “This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life. I feel ganged up on. I feel bullied, and I feel left out and alone. My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management… they should be in jail.”
Following her testimony, Britney’s long-time manager Larry Rudolph – who’s worked with the pop star since the mid-90s – resigned, citing the singer’s decision to quit music (at least until her father is no longer in control of her career) as the reason for his services being “no longer needed”.
On July 15, Britney used the hashtag #FreeBritney for the first time, in a caption on an Instagram post. She later called out her father and sister in a scathing post in which she said she would not be “performing on any stages anytime soon with my dad handling what I wear, say, do, or think”. Speaking about her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney added: “I don’t like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed MY SONGS to remixes!!!!! My so-called support system hurt me deeply!!!!”