Britney Spears’ request to have her father removed from the conservatorship she has been under for over a decade has been denied.
According to reports, Judge Brenda Penny has denied the request that Britney’s lawyer Samuel Ingham III filed last November to have the singer’s father Jamie Spears removed from his role controlling aspects of her personal life and finances.
“The conservator’s request to suspend James P Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice,” read the court documents filed on Wednesday.
Variety says these documents are not in response to Spears’ more recent hearing where she gave an emotional statement about her experience under the guardianship. “The judge cannot make any ruling based on what she said as she still has yet to file a petition to terminate her conservatorship,” Variety wrote.
Earlier, Jamie asked for an investigation of the pop superstar’s claims that she had been mistreated under a legal conservatorship by being denied the ability to make her own medical decisions.
In a court filing late on Tuesday, attorneys for Jamie said he was “greatly saddened to hear of his daughter’s difficulties and suffering” and “believes there must be an investigation into those claims.”
Britney has been under a conservatorship since she suffered a mental health breakdown in 2008. The ‘Stronger’ singer told a Los Angeles judge last week that she had been forced to take the drug lithium against her will and was prohibited from marrying or removing a birth control device, and that she wanted the “abusive” conservatorship to end.
Jamie is a joint conservator of his daughter’s finances and also was in charge of her personal affairs until he stepped down from that position in September 2019. Care manager Jodi Montgomery, a licensed fiduciary, was appointed temporary conservator of personal affairs. Last year, Britney began a legal process to prevent her father from ever returning to that role.
Attorneys for Jamie said in the new filing that he had no intention of trying to reclaim the position and was not involved in her “personal care or medical or reproductive issues.”
“Mr Spears has been unable to hear and address his daughter’s concerns directly because he has been cut-off from communicating with her,” the filing in Los Angeles Superior Court said.
The attorneys also asked the court to hold a hearing to investigate whether Montgomery should continue to oversee the singer’s personal affairs given Britney’s court testimony.
Montgomery’s lawyer, Lauriann Wright, said in a statement that her client “has been a tireless advocate for Britney and for her well-being” and would present a care plan to the court “setting forth a path for termination of the conservatorship.” The statement also said the conservatorship did not govern marriage or family planning.
“If Britney needs any assistance with either, Ms Montgomery has and will be there to provide any assistance needed,” the statement said.
In her remarks to the court last week, Britney called her father “ignorant” and controlling. “He loved every minute of it, the control he had. He loved it,” she said.
— With input from Reuters