Supporters of Britney Spears were met with the tough news last week as an LA Superior Court judge rejected her request to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as sole conservator of her estate. The controversial court-approved conservatorship gives her father the right to control her assets and make financial decisions on her behalf.
The request, made on her behalf by her attorney Samuel Ingham II, came as Britney Spears gave a 20-minute testimony in open court regarding her conservatorship for the very first time. She claimed the longstanding conservatorship was “abusive”, telling the judge: “I deserve to have a life”.
In the latest news, both Britney Spears’ manager and her court-appointed attorney will be leaving their positions.
Larry Rudolph has been the pop icon's manager for 25 years. This week, Rudolph announced in a letter to Jamie Spears and Britney’s co-conservator Jodi Montgomery that he will be resigning due to Britney’s plans to “officially retire”.
“It has been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated,” the letter reads. “Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.”
"As her manager, I believe it is in Britney's best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.”
In the letter, Rudolph stated that he has “never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations,” despite Britney mentioning that she had dealt with pressure from ‘management’ during her court testimony.
Britney’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham II, has also requested to leave his position, according to a court filing obtained by CNN.
Ingham has represented Britney for the entirety of the conservatorship, and said his resignation would be effective upon the designation of a new court-appointed lawyer.
In June, Spears requested to choose her own counsel, stating that Ingham was “very scared” for Britney to come forward about certain aspects of her life.
“He told me I should keep it to myself,” she stated, regarding her experiences in rehabilitation.
“We've kind of built a relationship, but I haven't really had the opportunity by myself to actually handpick my own lawyer by myself. And I would like to be able to do that."
The next court date for the conservatorship is scheduled for July 14.
For more on Britney Spears' conservatorship, watch The Battle For Britney documentary on 10 play.