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Britney Spears moves to have father removed from conservatorship

By | Published on Thursday 5 November 2020

Britney Spears

In the ongoing battle over her legal guardianship, Britney Spears has once again asked for her father to be removed from his conservator role. She claims that Jamie Spears is attempting to “retain full functional control of her assets, books and records” after her business manager unexpectedly resigned.

Earlier this year Spears confirmed that the decision back in 2008 to have her personal and business affairs overseen by a conservatorship coordinated by her father had “rescued her from a collapse, exploitation by predatory individuals and financial ruin” and allowed her to become “a world class entertainer”. However, she also argued that changes now needed to made to that arrangement.

Spears Senior actually temporarily stood down as his daughter’s conservator last year due to ill-health but moved to resume the role earlier this year. At the time, Britney herself requested that Jodi Montgomery, who had filled in for her father as her conservator, stay involved on a permanent basis.

However, following some initial arguments, the present arrangement was extended by the courts to February 2021. In a subsequent court filing, Britney then said she wanted the Bessemer Trust Company to manage her business affairs.

According to TMZ, a new court filing suggests that relations between Spears and her father have deteriorated further of late. In that legal filing, she requests that the Bessemer Trust Company now be made sole conservator of her business affairs, rather than it sharing the role with her father.

Giving context to the increased tensions between her and Spears Senior, the star reveals that Tristar Sports & Entertainment Group resigned as her business manager late last month, and her father then promptly appointed accountant Michael Kane to the role without giving his daughter notice or any explanation of the recruitment process.

In her filing, Britney says that Kane’s appointment aims “to introduce a new gatekeeper who … has a major working relationship with [Jamie’s] legal team”. This, she reckons, is an attempt to regain full control over his daughter’s business affairs, which she is opposed to.

In related news, after fans expressed concern about the conservatorship dispute and the current state of her mental health, Britney posted a video on Instagram earlier this week insisting that she is fine, saying: “So I know that there have been a lot of comments and a lot of people saying a lot of different things about me, but I just want to let you guys know that I am fine. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life”.