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Britney Spears’ father remains conservator, following court hearing

By | Published on Wednesday 11 November 2020

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A court in LA has declined to remove Britney Spears’ father Jamie from his position overseeing her affairs in his legal role as conservator, despite her attorney arguing that she is afraid of him and will not return to performing while Spears Senior still has that control.

Spears has been attempting to have her father removed as co-conservator ever since he returned to the role earlier this year, after he temporarily stood down due to ill-health in 2019. At a hearing yesterday, lawyer Samuel D Ingham III told the judge: “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career”.

Ingham also said that Britney and Jamie have no “viable working relationship” and have not spoken in a “long while”.

Jamie Spears’ attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, countered than in the twelve years that Britney has been under conservatorship and not in control of her personal and business affairs, with her father instead taking the lead in that regard, she has gone from being in debt to being worth over $60 million.

Thoreen also argued that the only reason the father and daughter do not speak at the moment is because Igham has advised his client to cut off contact.

“I don’t believe there is a shred of evidence to support my client’s suspension”, said Thoreen.

Although judge Brenda Penny decided not to remove Spears Senior from his role, she did formally approve the appointment of the Bessemer Trust as co-conservator, as had been requested by Britney. The judge also said that she would consider further petitions to have Jamie Spears removed from the role – which Ingham has already indicated he plans to submit on behalf of his client.