Britney Spears’ mum has begged a judge to reconsider her daughter’s conservatorship, claiming the singer has been able to look after herself for years.
Pop star Britney, 39, has been living under the arrangement, which prevents her from making major decisions about her life, for the last 13 years.
The Toxic singer called for the conservatorship to be terminated in a bombshell court testimony last month, where she likened herself to a slave and said her father should be ‘in jail.’
The statement triggered a flurry of developments in the case, including the resignation of her long-time court-appointed lawyer this week.
Britney’s mum Lynne Spears has now spoken out to call upon the Los Angeles court to allow her daughter to be able to choose her own private lawyer.
Lynne said the switch-up was a necessary step in the conservatorship coming to an end.
In a legal filing Lynne said Britney’s ‘capacity is certainly different today than it was’ 13 years ago and she should ‘no longer be held to the 2008 standard,’ a time she was deemed seriously unwell after a series of mental breakdowns.
Lynne argued her daughter has ‘earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celebrity’ in recent years and ‘is able to care for her person.’
The filing added: “It is self-evident that before the Court addresses, for example, the termination of the conservatorship, Conservatee (Spears) must be allowed to consult with counsel of her choosing.”
When Britney’s career took off in 1998, her parents’ marriage took a turn for the worse.
Lynne and Jamie Spears went on to divorce in 2002, with Britney calling it ‘the best thing that’s ever happened to my family.’
After his split from Lynne, Jamie remained a key figure in his daughter’s life and was granted control of Britney’s personal affairs and estate in 2008.
The move was granted by a Los Angeles court after mum-of-two Britney suffered a breakdown.
Lynne’s petition comes as Jodi Montgomery, the conservator of Spears’s person who manages her healthcare, asked the court to approve higher security costs, alleging she has been receiving death threats.
Ms Montgomery’s lawyers said in a filing that since the singer’s June 23 testimony, she has been threatened on social media, over the phone and via email.
Spears said she wanted the ‘abusive’ conservatorship terminated, criticised those overseeing it – including her father Jamie – and alleged it was preventing her having more children and getting married.
Ms Montgomery has denied being responsible for Spears having to use a contraceptive device and said the star asked her to continue in her role as care-giver.
The explosive testimony has rocked the conservatorship, though Spears’s father, Jamie, has so far refused to step down from his role overseeing his daughter’s estate.
Bessemer Trust, a financial management firm brought in to help oversee the singer’s fortune, asked to be withdrawn from the conservatorship after Spears made it clear she wanted it brought to an end.
Samuel Ingham, who the court appointed as her lawyer in 2008 when she was deemed incapable of hiring her own legal representation due to her state of mind, this week offered his resignation.
And Spears’s long-time manager, Larry Rudolph, reportedly stepped down this week and said he had been told the chart-topping star planned to “officially retire”.
A hearing in the case is set for July 14.