Britney Spears’ attorney filed a petition demanding that Jodi Montgomery become the singer’s permanent curator and that her father, Jamie Spears, step down from the position.
Jamie Spears has been his daughter’s restorer since 2008 and was her only curator briefly in 2019 after his former co-curator Andrew Wallet stepped down. Later that year, Jamie Spears took a hiatus from overseeing her estate for health reasons, and Montgomery stepped in as the person’s temporary curator.
In a petition filed Tuesday, Britney Spears attorney called for Jamie Spears to step down and asked Montgomery to take over the role on permanent basis. The court was informed last week that the singer’s lawyer was about to file the petition.
Britney Spears and her father’s lawyers did not immediately return a request for comment on Thursday for filing.
The 39-year-old singer has had a legal conservator since her public breakdown in 2007. A #FreeBritney movement gained popularity in 2019 after fans said Jamie Spears abused the conservatory to maintain control over his daughter – denying allegations he and his lawyers have repeatedly made over the years.
Jamie Spears said he saved his daughter from exploitative influences and got her fortune out of debt over the years.
In February, the family’s litigation was featured in the New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears”. The film explored Britney Spears’ rise to fame, the resulting media pressure and “the passionate fan base that believes Spears should be exempted from the Conservatory,” wrote the New York Times.
Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Valerie Bertinelli gathered around the pop star after the documentary was released.
Britney Spears has not spoken publicly about the conservatory since the documentary was released, but last month her attorney said in court it was “no secret” that she didn’t want her father to be her conservatory.
Her most direct response to the situation came in 2019, before attempting to remove her father, when she told fans that “rumors” and “death threats” against her family were spiraling out of control. Britney Spears urged fans not to believe everything they hear and asked for privacy for her family.
“My situation is unique, but I promise I’ll do the best right now,” she said. “You may not know that about me, but I am strong and I stand up for what I want!”