Bad news for anyone who was hoping for a Britney Spears' 20-minute court testimony last week to swiftly resolve in her favour. According to Variety, new court documents show that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected Britney’s request – made on her behalf by her attorney Samuel Ingham II – to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as sole conservator of her estate.
As the court documents state: “The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice.” Legal jargon is so comforting, isn’t it?
To recap: Britney Spears has been under a court-approved conservatorship, since she experienced a mental health problems in 2008. The conservatorship gives her father, Jamie Spears, the right to control her assets and make financial decisions on her behalf.
In open court last week, Britney asked probate Judge Brenda Penny that the conservatorship be terminated, an arrangement that she insisted was doing more harm to her than good. “I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated,” Britney said. She didn’t mince words about her father Jamie, either, saying that he deserves to be in jail. “The control he had over someone as powerful as me – he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%. He loved it,” she said.
The singer added that under the conditions of the conservatorship, she’s been forced to take lithium, is overworked and unable to get married or have children. “I have a IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant,” she said, adding that the decision was approved by her father Jamie Spears.
Meanwhile, Jamie Spears is reportedly asking the court to investigate Britney’s abuse claims. Court documents indicate that Jamie is "greatly saddened to hear of his daughter's difficulties and suffering" and "believes there must be an investigation into those claims".
Sure, Jamie Spears. Whatever.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter @purpletank.