Britney Spears is afraid of her father and won’t resume her career as long as she’s in power, her attorney told court Tuesday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny refused to suspend James Spears from his pivotal role in guarding the court that controlled his daughter’s life and career for 12 years, such as Britney Spears’ attorney Samuel D Ingham III, requested during the controversial hearing. But the judge said he would consider future petitions for his suspension or permanent removal, which Ingham intends to file.
“My client informed me that she is afraid of her father,” Ingham told the judge. “He won’t perform again if his father is in charge of his career.”
The pop star has been on hiatus from work indefinitely since early 2019.
James Spears’ attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, has defended what she said was her perfect record in her run as her daughter’s conservative, which saw her net worth go from debt to over $ 60 million.
Thoreen said the disruption caused by her removal would do her the very damage the suspension is intended to prevent.
“I don’t think there’s a shred of evidence to support my client’s suspension,” he said.
Thoreen also objected to Ingham’s statements about the father-daughter relationship as inadmissible rumors.
The judge approved that a corporate trustee, the Bessemer Trust, will now act as co-curator of the Spears estate along with his father, which the singer had requested.
Most of the lawyers involved, along with Britney Spears’ parents, attended the hearing via telephone and video conference. The pop star did not participate in any form.
Guardianship, known in many US states as guardianship, began in 2008 when Spears was struggling with her mental health, often publicly. Arrangements are normally limited to people with severely impaired ability to make decisions for themselves and are supposed to be temporary, but Spears, 38, remained under court control longer than she expected.
Ingham on Tuesday called her a “high-functioning conservative” who deserves at least a warning of the actions her father is taking, which he refused to provide. Ingham said Spears hasn’t spoken to her father in a long time.
Thoreen said the reason the father and daughter didn’t communicate is because Ingham prevented it.
Britney Spears acknowledged that guardianship was needed when it started, and it likely saved her career, and she has remained silent both in public and in court for most of her existence, with her attorney serving primarily as a neutral observer.
But starting in August she began publicly trying to choose who had power over her, calling for more transparency in the court’s often covert moves, and even claiming to be sympathetic to fans who have increasingly demanded in protests and online posts that whoever is in control must. #FreeBritney.
Dozens of those fans protested outside the downtown Los Angeles courthouse as they do for every Spears hearing, and some, wearing #FreeBritney masks, sat in the courtroom that was sparsely attended due to coronavirus spacing guidelines. .
For most of the tutelage, James Spears has also been conservative not only of his daughter’s finances but of his person, giving him great control over his life decisions. He temporarily resigned from that role last year, citing health reasons, and Britney Spears has requested that his temporary replacement, Jodi Montgomery, be made permanent.
In documents calling for the suspension of James Spears, Britney Spears stated that she had no intention of working with the Bessemer Trust as a co-curator and that she intended “to maintain full functional control of her assets, books and documents despite Britney’s objections.” .
He also mentioned his recent inability to inform her that her business manager had resigned and appointed a new one.
James Spears’ attorneys argued that in appointing a new business director he was merely maintaining the continuity of his daughter’s business and doing her job as a conservator, and had no legal obligation to inform her of his moves.
Her lawyers said in court documents that her “only motivation was her unconditional love for her daughter and a ferocious desire to protect her from those who tried to take advantage of her.”
Most of the proceedings in Spears’ protection have been closed to the public, making Tuesday’s listening a rare taste of the family drama unfolding behind the scenes.
Britney Spears ‘mother and James Spears’ ex-wife Lynne Spears, who were allowed to participate as an interested party, said through her lawyer that her daughter should not be forced to obey her father’s unreasonable demands. calling their relationship “toxic”. .
“The fact that things got to this point broke Lynne’s heart,” said Gladstone N Jones.
Jones said Lynne Spears has no ill will towards her ex-husband, but thinks it’s “time to start over” and remove him.
“The controversy is not uncommon in families,” Jones said, “but this is not a normal family.”