LOS ANGELES (AP) – Britney Spears fears her father and will not continue her career while he has power over it, her lawyer said in court Tuesday.
Los Angeles Supreme Court Justice Brenda Penny declined to suspend James Spears from his central role in the court preservation that has controlled his daughter’s life and career for the past 12 years, as did Britney Spears attorney Samuel D. Ingham III, requested at the controversial hearing. But the judge said she would consider future petitions Ingham intends to file for his suspension or removal.
“My client told me she was afraid of her father,” Ingham told the judge. “She won’t perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”
The pop star has been on an indefinite break from work since the beginning of 2019.
James Spears attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen defended what she said was his perfect record of his career as a conservator, which saw her net worth of debt well over $ 60 million.
Thoreen argued that the disruption caused by its removal would cause her exactly the damage that exposure is intended to prevent.
“I don’t think there is any trace of evidence to support my client’s suspension,” she said.
Thoreen also objected to Ingham’s statements about the father-daughter relationship as inadmissible hearsay.
The judge agreed that a trustee, the Bessemer Trust, along with her father, whom Britney Spears had requested, will serve as co-curators for her estate.
Most of the attorneys involved attended the hearing via telephone and videoconference along with Britney Spears’ parents. The pop star was not present in any form.
Known as Guardianship in many states, the conservatory began in 2008 when she was experiencing serious mental problems and an often public breakdown. The agreements are usually limited to people with severely limited decision-making skills and are intended to be temporary. However, Britney Spears, 38, has remained under judicial review longer than expected.
Ingham called her a “highly functioning conservative” on Tuesday who at least deserves to be informed of her father’s actions, which he has rejected.
Ingham said Spears hasn’t spoken to her father in a long time.
Thoreen argued that the reason the father and daughter failed to communicate is because Ingham prevented it.
Britney Spears has acknowledged that the Conservatory was necessary to begin with and likely saved her career, and she has remained silent, both in public and in court, for most of its existence, with her attorney serving primarily as a neutral observer.
But from August onwards, she began to publicly decide who had power over her, called for more transparency in the court’s often-secret steps, and even stated that she was sympathetic to fans who, in protests and online posts, increasingly demanded that the Control subjects must do this #FreeBritney.
Dozens of these fans protested outside the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, as at every Spears hearing, and some wearing #FreeBritney face masks sat in the courtroom, which was sparsely crowded due to coronavirus clearance guidelines.
Throughout most of the conservatory, James Spears also served as a curator not only for his daughter’s finances, but for her as a person, giving him great control over her life choices. He temporarily resigned from that position last year due to health concerns, and Britney Spears has moved to make his temporary replacement, Jodi Montgomery, permanent.
In documents requesting James Spears’ suspension, Britney Spears said he had no intention of partnering with the Bessemer Trust as a co-curator, saying, “Given Britney’s objections, he had full functional control of their assets, books and keep records. ”
She also cited his recent failure to inform her that her manager had resigned and he had appointed a new one.
James Spears’ attorneys argued that when he appointed a new manager, he was only maintaining the continuity of his daughter’s business and doing his job as a restorer, and had no legal obligation to notify her of his moves.
His lawyers said in court records that his “only motivation was his unconditional love for his daughter and a fierce desire to protect her from those who try to take advantage of her”.
Most of the proceedings at the Spears Conservatory have been closed to the public, making Tuesday’s hearing a rare glimpse into the family drama behind the scenes.
Britney Spears ‘mother and James Spears’ ex-wife, Lynne Spears, who were allowed to attend as an interested party, said through their attorney that their daughter should not be forced to obey her father’s unreasonable demands, calling their relationship ” toxic”. ”
“It was heartbreaking for Lynne that things got to this point,” said attorney Gladstone N. Jones.
Jones said Lynne Spears has no ill will towards her ex-husband, but she thinks it is “time to start over” and remove him.
“Quarreling is not uncommon in families,” said Jones, “but this is not an ordinary family.”
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