The #FreeBritney movement and Britney Spears’s efforts to remove her father’s control over her career, assets, and life are far from over.
Since 2019, Britney Spears has been trying to get her father Jamie Spears removed as conservator, requesting a financial institution take charge of managing her estate.
Last November, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled that Jamie Spears would remain the conservator, but that he would share the conservatorship with Bessemer Trust Co., a wealth management and investment advisory firm.
Objections to that ruling concerning the balance of power in the co-conservatorship, specifically the power to delegate investment powers, were raised by Jamie’s attorney, Vivian Thoreen, and were rejected by Judge Penny on Thursday.
The judge also overruled a second objection from Thoreen regarding the language of the proposal initiating the co-conservatorship, submitted by Britney’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham. Thoreen claimed it “improperly reduced [Jamie’s] powers over his daughter’s estate.”
According to Ingham, the purpose of this proposal is “an equal division of responsibility, in the hopes that they would sit down and figure out together the best way to handle this complex estate for the benefit of my client. It’s no secret that my client does not want her father as co-conservator, but we recognize that removal is a separate issue.”
He further suggested that Jamie Spears and Bessemer Trust work together “to create a budget and an investment plan” for Britney’s estate.
In a statement following the hearing, Thoreen said, "My client Jamie Spears has diligently and professionally carried out his duties as one of Britney’s conservators, and his love for his daughter and dedication to protecting her is clearly apparent to the court."
Additional hearings are scheduled for March 17 and April 27.
These rulings closely follow the release of The New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears, which follows Britney’s career, breakdown, the formation of the conservatorship, and the #FreeBritney movement.