Since the premiere of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, there has been a significant surge of support for the #FreeBritney movement, as fans have expressed their outrage at the treatment of the beloved pop star by tabloids, reporters, and her own dad. One of the biggest areas of controversy is that her father, Jamie, has been the conservator over her estate since 2009.
While her father remains in that role, for now, Britney had a significant legal win yesterday when a judge denied her dad’s objections to how her conservatorship will be delegated.
Britney’s conservatorship is a long and complex story that began when Jamie was granted the role after his daughter’s public mental breakdown, essentially meaning that he had control over her financial affairs, as well as other aspects of her life. Jamie was the sole conservator until Britney filed a petition to have her father removed last year, with her attorney arguing that the singer was afraid of Jamie and he used the position to control and manipulate her.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ended up denying Britney’s petition but did end up appointing Bessemer Trust, a financial company, as a co-conservator. Jamie’s legal team objected to this decision, arguing that he should remain sole conservator but those rejections were denied in court. For the time being, Jamie and the Bessemer Trust will need to work together to manage and monitor Britney’s estate.
Another hearing is expected to take place next month that will once again examine the nature of the conservatorship, perhaps giving Britney the chance to regain control of her estate. Samuel Ingham, Britney’s attorney, celebrated the victory, noting that it’s “no secret that my client does not want her father as co-conservator” but admitting that attempting to remove him as co-conservator is a “separate issue” that will hopefully be dealt with later.