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Tearful Britney Spears Begs Court to Oust Father as Conservator, Wants to Press Charges for Abuse

Britney Spears.

Britney Spears.

A tearful Britney Spears on Wednesday won the right to choose her own lawyer to help her end the 13-year-long conservatorship that controls her personal and business affairs.

A tearful Britney Spears on Wednesday won the right to choose her own lawyer to help her end the 13-year-long conservatorship that controls her personal and business affairs. After the decision, the singer broke down in tears as she again pleaded for her father Jamie Spears to be removed immediately from the legal arrangement.

Britney, taking part in the hearing by phone, told the judge she approved of Rosengart after several conversations with him. She then asked to address the court, but asked that the courtroom be cleared. As Rosengart began to argue for a private hearing, Spears interrupted him to say I can talk with it open.

My dad needs to be removed today, she said, adding that she would like to see him charged with abusing his position. She spoke so rapidly she was at times difficult for the court reporter and the dozens of media members in the courtroom to understand.

She said she wanted the conservatorship to end immediately but not if it required going through any more stupid evaluations. She said she did not want another opportunity for people to question my intelligence for the millionth time.

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She described being denied things as basic as coffee, her drivers license and her hair vitamins" by the conservatorship. “If this is not abuse, I dont know what is," Spears said.

She recalled that “I thought they were trying to kill me in the early years of the conservatorship as she was being overworked and constantly examined."

She began to sob as she talked about taking comfort in a therapy dog when she felt abandoned by her family.

“You’re allowing my dad to ruin my life,” Spears told the Los Angeles judge by phone. “I have to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she added.

It was the second time Spears had addressed the court publicly. Last month she called the legal arrangement abusive and stupid in a 20-minute public address. Jamie Spears has been a major player in the conservatorship since it was set up in 2008 when his daughter had a mental health breakdown. He is currently the sole person in charge of her $60 million estate.

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first published:July 15, 2021, 04:24 IST