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by Jennifer McShane
15th Jul 2021
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A Los Angeles judge has said Britney Spears can choose her own lawyer in the fight to end her controversial conservatorship. She again demanded her father be removed, citing his control over her life as abusive.

The sound of a woman desperately pleading for even the most basic control over her life is never something that could be considered acceptable in 2021, and yet Spears has been begging for this for over a decade.

At a new court hearing, the singer broke down in tears in open court on Wednesday, making a tearful plea to the judge to once again remove her father from her conservatorship.

“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him for conservatorship abuse,” Spears said via remote video. “I want to press charges for abuse on this conservatorship today… all of it.”

“I’m here to press charges. I’m angry and I will go there,” Spears said. “You’re allowing my dad to ruin my life.”

A small victory

In what is a small victory in her ongoing battle, a Los Angeles judge granted her the right to appoint her own lawyer, something she asked to do during her emotional testimony three weeks prior.

The hearing was to address the aftermath of Spears’ remarks in June, specifically her drive to control who acts as her legal counsel.

Spears’ court-appointed lawyer, Samuel Ingham, had already requested to step down, effective as soon as the pop singer could appoint her own lawyer. On Wednesday, the judge approved for Spears to decide who should represent her in the conservatorship battle.

Gaslighting and abuse

Spears explained to the judge in detail 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.”

Spears added she is not a “perfect person,” but explained that her “episodes” have been a result of “what they did to me,” and that those around her frequently gaslit her.

“It was their goal to make me feel crazy, which I’m not.”

Spears’ claims against her father now include the most basic of tasks that she was forbidden to do, including having her driver’s license being taken away, not being allowed to drink coffee, not being able to choose what she wants to eat, and even having vitamins taken away.

“That’s not abuse. That’s just fucking cruelty,” she said. “I want to press charges against my father today.”

Spears’ new lawyer Mathew Rosengart called for Jamie Spears to voluntarily step down as his client’s conservator.

“Is he here for financial reasons? Does anybody really believe that Mr. Spears’ involvement is in the best interest of his daughter?” Rosengart said “if he loves his daughter,” he will resign. In response, an attorney for Jamie Spears, Vivian Thoreon, said he would not voluntarily resign and questioned the “accuracy of his daughter’s claims of abuse.”

Spears’ fight continues but her own representation is a crucial first step on her path to freedom.

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