Curatorship of Britney Spears retained, but father suspended for…
A judge has suspended Jamie Spears as administrator of his daughter Britney Spears. That happened during a hearing in which it was expected that a decision would be made about the possible end of the singer’s curatorship. That is not the case for the time being.
Britney Spears’ father no longer has custody of his daughter with immediate effect, a court in the American city of Los Angeles ruled on Wednesday. That is a huge victory for the singer who has been fighting for it for years.
The singer’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart, who was not present, called Jamie Spears a “cruel, poisonous, abusive man” during Wednesday’s hearing. “She wants him out of her life today, instead of a lingering and poisonous presence. Britney deserves to wake up tomorrow without her father as her trustee.’ Rosengart also referenced recent posts by The New York Times: ‘We have learned that Mr. Spears did something incomprehensible. He asked a security team paid by my client to… listening devices in Britney’s bedroom.’
Jamie Spears’ lawyer said there was no evidence for this and also questioned previous court statements by Britney Spears. “She was not cross-examined. Nobody knows the truth of those claims.’ According to the lawyer, Jamie Spears should not be suspended personally, but the entire curatorship should be lifted.
The judge nevertheless ruled on Wednesday that “the current situation is untenable” and reflects a “toxic environment that requires Jamie Spears’ suspension”.
Not yet fully finished
Father Jamie Spears had already announced in mid-August that he no longer wanted to be her guardian. On September 7, he said he thought the guardianship his daughter has been under for thirteen years should be terminated. His daughter officially agreed to this last week.
However, the judge thought otherwise. Britney Spears’ affairs are for the time being entrusted to experts, who will temporarily take over the administration. The judge appointed a temporary replacement to manage her finances, chosen by Britney Spears and her lawyer, accountant John Zabel. Her care manager Jodi Montgomery remains responsible for her personal affairs for the time being.
A new hearing will be held on November 12 on the request to terminate the trusteeship completely. During a second hearing on 13 December, the judge will consider, among other things, the settlement of financial matters.
Britney Spears was under the tutelage of her father Jamie for 13 years.
The 39-year-old American singer, known for hits like Baby One More Time, Circus on Toxic, was embroiled in a years-long legal battle to get rid of her father as a curator, but only spoke publicly about the case in June. She then said she was deeply unhappy and felt like a slave to her father. She would be forced to take medication and go on tour, and would not be allowed to make her own decisions about contraception or relationship, she said in an emotional court statement.
The courtroom was completely packed with fans on Wednesday. At least a hundred other fans gathered outside the court, holding up placards with slogans such as ‘Free Britney’ and ‘Jail Jamie’. Britney Spears’ attorney Rosengart thanked the support movement after the hearing: “It’s been a lot of hard work, it’s been intense. I’m proud, Britney is proud. I think the support from the #FreeBritney movement has been instrumental.”
After the verdict, the singer posted images on Instagram of how she controls a plane and said she was in seventh heaven.