More harrowing details of Britney Spears’ conservatorship have been revealed
04th Jul 2021
Including that Spears called 911 to report conservatorship abuse the night before her court testimony.
New details have emerged about the heartwrenching conditions of Britney Spears’ conservatorship in a report by The New Yorker. The report goes into more details that are new to the public, graphicly detailing the level of control those around the singer had.
It also highlights alleged mistreatment of Spears by her father and conservator Jamie Spears, who has helmed the conservatorship and controlled his daughter’s finances since 2008.
According to the report, Spears called 911 the night before her court testimony last month, “to report herself as a victim of conservatorship abuse.” In her statement the next day, Spears publicly spoke about the conservatorship for the first time, telling the judge, “My dad, and anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management, who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no — they should all be in jail.”
We may have only heard from Spears publically for the first time recently, but the piece says from the beginning she did not want her father to be in control of her estate.
On the eve of her recent court hearing, Britney Spears called 911 to report herself as a victim of conservatorship abuse. @RonanFarrow and @jiatolentino investigate how Spears was stripped of her rights within an underregulated part of the legal system. https://t.co/PThFgcj5G7
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) July 3, 2021
“From the earliest days of the conservatorship, Spears appeared to chafe against her constraints,” states the article which details a February 2008 court hearing “that Spears had a ‘strong desire’ that Jamie not be a conservator.” According to Jacqueline Butcher, a former friend of the Spears family who was interviewed for the article, the conservatorship was granted without Spears’ consent, and “without ever talking to her.”
“The whole process was maybe ten minutes,” Butcher said.
“No one testified. No questions were asked.”
Butcher also said he recalled witnessing Jamie mistreating his daughter shortly after the arrangement began: “He would get all in her face — spittle was flying — telling her she was a whore and a terrible mother.”
He allegedly limited Spears’ contact with anyone she was close to, and would “do terrible things, like withhold access to her kids,” Butcher added.
Jamie maintains everything he has done has been for Spears’ own welfare (which according to Spears is totally untrue), and “declined to answer specific questions but characterized his behavior as that of a loving father saving his daughter from possible ruin.”
The report also states that Spears’ mother Lynne – who divorced from Jamie in 2002 –was not made a co-conservator because she thought the conservatorship would only last for a few months, and that Jamie quickly took control of it regardless.
“I got mixed feelings about everything,” she said. “I don’t know what to think…. It’s a lot of pain, a lot of worry.”
Spears is a woman who has been living a hellish existence for over a decade. Throughout the New Yorker piece, it’s clear that all she wanted was some normality.
Her breakup with Justin Timberlake rocked her, the paparazzi increased and Spears found herself unable to cope with the pressure. But she had no support. Something as serious as a conservatorship – which is near impossible to end once it has been enforced – was initially put in place to help Spears. But even when she was stable, she had no say.
She has support around the globe now, and we can only hope that her day of freedom is around the corner.
Read the full article at The New Yorker.
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