Britney Spears Update

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Kaitlynn Breeden, Editor-in-Chief

The #FreeBritney movement took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when her father and the conservator of her estate, Jamie Spears, filed a petition to end the 13-year-old conservatorship. Under the conservatorship, Spears’ life and finances have been legally controlled by her father and her lawyers since 2008. Jamie Spears made the sudden decision to end the conservatorship months after the pop star told the court the legal arrangement had allowed him to abuse her for years.

This all comes just a month after Jamie Spears, who has spent years at the center of public scrutiny for his role within his daughter’s conservatorship, told the court that he’d only step down “when the time is right.” And a week prior to this Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, alleged that Jamie had approved a payment of $500,000 from her estate to her former manager’s company without her consent. The lawyer requested that he be immediately removed from the conservatorship as a result. Rosengart also accused Jamie Spears of trying to extort approximately $2 million from his daughter in exchange for resigning.

Spears herself opened up about finding the terms of the conservatorship to be “abusive” in two devasting court testimonies back in June and July, when she publicly denounced her father and conservators. Back in June, Spears claimed that she wanted to sue her entire family, who she alleged have done “nothing” to help her over the course of the conservatorship. In a video of June’s court hearing Spears said, “My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship and my management who played a key role in punishing me- ma’am they should be in jail.” “I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she added. “I want him investigated… This conservatorship has allowed my dad to ruin my life.”

Jamie Spears has claimed numerous times that he only wants what’s best for his daughter and denied the allegations of abuse. During Spears’ court hearing in June, she shared that she would like to get married and have another child, but under the conservatorship, she hasn’t been able to make a doctor’s appointment to remove her IUD. She also said that what she’s been through has been “demoralizing” and “embarrassing,” and she wanted to be freed from the conservatorship without needing to be evaluated.

Spears’ comments in June came months after the New York Times’ “Framing Britney Spears” documentary was released, which examined how Spears was treated by the media before and during her public breakdown. The documentary also questioned the control that her father continues to hold over her financial and physical well-being given her return to a successful music career. The Times reported that the singer had been pushing to end the conservatorship for years, confirming fans’ long-held belief that she has always wanted out of it. Fans of the singer have pushed this movement for years, and finally Spears’ is starting to get the justice she deserves. Spears’ next hearing regarding the conservatorship is scheduled for Sept. 29.