Judge Denies Removal of Britney Spears’ Father From Conservatorship
An attempt to have James Spears, pop icon Britney Spears’ father, removed as her conservator has been denied by a Los Angeles judge.
This development comes as a blow to the star’s campaign to regain financial control over her life. Spears has not had control of her assets, estimated at more than $60 million, since 2008. While years went by without contest from the singer, she is now trying to take back her life. Her journey has seen its share of legal roadblocks.
Britney Spears has lost an appeal to remove her father from her conservatorship. In 2019 her father became the sole conservator after Andrew Wallet resigned from his position as a co-conservator. The #FreeBritney movement is ongoing as Spears fights for freedom. #mc200 pic.twitter.com/CO9QSY1UqS— noelle (@meghanhilley) November 11, 2020
During the hearing, lawyers for both Spears’ pled cases for who should be the conservator. Vivian Thoreen, who represented Spears’ father, argued that he should remain conservator due to the business success of the Spears career over the last 12 years. While Samuel Ingham, representing Spears, claimed that the star feared her father and that they no longer have a relationship.
Britney Spears’ attorney in court: “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She also stated that she will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career. We are really at a crossroads.” #FreeBritney via @MJae13— Nicholas Hautman (@nickhautman) November 10, 2020
The conservatorship was put into place after Spears began showing signs of mental illness in 2007 and was then admitted for psychiatric care in 2008. Her father was co-conservator until Attorney Andrew Wallet resigned in 2019. Conservatorships are normally reserved for people dealing with severe mental illness, or who are suffering from dementia and are often temporary. Unfortunately, 12 years after a dark time in her life, Spears seems to be trapped under her father’s control.
That because Britney Spears had a meltdown 12 years ago means her father can control every aspect of her life forever simply seems insane.— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) November 11, 2020
Mr. Spears claims that Spears is not mentally stable enough to control her assets, but critics refute these claims by pointing to the last decade of the popstar’s career. Despite not being to access the money made, Spears has had a phenomenal run in the music industry, earning her millions that her father is has a hold on. Four albums, three tours, and a Las Vegas residency secured Spears spot amongst the greatest pop icons of our time. Spears has not let the burden of mental illness and the stressful spotlight of stardom stop her from performing all over the world.
FACT: Britney Spears has done over 466 shows, made over $427 MILLION from her concerts alone, released 4 albums, shot over 15 music videos, been a judge on X Factor, and embarked on 3 world tours since she was put under a conservatorship for having “dementia”. #FreeBritney 🌟 pic.twitter.com/kEKjt3vVR3— 🚬 (@Martiijnn) November 10, 2020
Fans have started a #FreeBritney campaign, claiming that the singer is being held captive by her father. They rallied in the streets outside the hearing caring posters, wishing for some vindication for the star. On social media, supporters rejected the judge’s decision. Fans point out that if Spears is well enough to perform, make money and support those around her, including her father, then she should be able to maintain her finances on her own.
Britney Spears is fighting for her basic human rights in court right now and we wish her nothing but the best. 🖤 #FreeBritney pic.twitter.com/jQqcfdBjkl— Station Spears (@StationSpears) November 10, 2020
The judge has denied this appeal, however, she will consider appeals for Spears’ removal in the future. Until then, a small win for the singer is that the financial company Bessemer Trust has been named co-conservator as her request. A new hearing is set for December 16.