26th Jul 2021
On Monday, he filed a petition on Spears’ behalf with Los Angeles Superior Court asking for Jason Rubin – a CPA who specialises in forensic accounting with experience in working on financial elder abuse litigation – to be named as the new conservator of her estate. If approved, Rubin would replace Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, who has controlled her money and financial decisions since 2008. Mathew Rosengart has also filed a petition asking for Jamie Spears to be removed from his position.
It comes after Spears’ father refused to voluntarily step down from his position as the singer’s case gains momentum.
In 2019, he stepped down from his role to become a joint conservator, though, he remains the conservator of her estate, meaning he controls all of his daughter’s financial decisions as he oversees her reported $60 million net worth.
The pop icon has called her father “abusive” and told a judge in July in a Los Angeles Superior Court that she wants him removed from the conservatorship and she wants to press charges against him for “conservatorship abuse.”
“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him for conservatorship abuse,” Spears said. “I want to press charges for abuse on this conservatorship today… all of it.”
The Monday filing includes a request for Rubin to be able to revoke all other powers of attorney for Spears, including the power to make health care decisions on her behalf, and to give him “the power and authorisation to pursue opportunities related to professional commitments and activities including but not limited to performing, recording, videos, tours, TV shows, and other similar activities as long as they are approved by the conservator of the person, the conservatee’s medical team,” according to Variety.
Gaslighting and abuse
Spears explained to the judge on two occasions in recent weeks the further instances of alleged abuse she has been subjected to as a result of her father’s control over her life and finances. She said that she took psych tests “against my will” during her Circus tour and was forced to get blood drawn numerous times per week.
She said that her conservators told her that if she participated in the evaluations, she could have her life back. “I did it all and they lied…they did nothing,” Spears said. “They didn’t end it, and I kept working.”
In short, this filing, if successful, would enable her to call the shots in terms of her career and life again. She has previously said she won’t perform while her father retains control of her life and assets.
A hearing regarding this petition is scheduled for December. 13th and if it goes Spears’ way, it’s a major step forward in the singer finally getting to reclaim her life.