Britney Spears’ The next step in her legal battle to end her controversial custody battle begins Wednesday afternoon.
Three weeks after her dramatic comments In the court sentencing the conservatory that ruled her life for 13 years, a Los Angeles judge and others with legal authority over the pop star will meet on Wednesday for a hearing to hear the aftermath.
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Spears’ comments marked the first time she has spoken out publicly about ending her conservatory, which is largely controlled by her father, Jamie Spears. The explosive speech led to: the dismissal of her court-appointed lawyer, the withdrawal from an asset manager who was supposed to oversee her finances, as well as a series of allegations between her father and a professional conservator over who is to blame for the legal circumstances that Spears says are “abusive” and should be ended.
Spears is not expected to speak again at the afternoon hearing, in which all parties must participate remotely, but she can intervene if she wants to hire an attorney of her choice. specific, Page six reports that she has approached the former federal prosecutor and veteran Hollywood lawyer Mathew Rosengart.
At the June 23 hearing, Spears said she was forced to take medication and use an IUD for birth control, said she shouldn’t marry her boyfriend, and said she wanted to own her own money.
“I just want my life back,” Spears said.
She sharply criticized her father, who serves as conservator of her finances, and more pointedly criticized Jodi Montgomery, the court-appointed professional who serves as conservator of her person and oversees her life choices.
James Spears said in a legal filing that the court must investigate Montgomery’s charges and role, pointing out that his daughter’s personal life has been out of his control since he resigned as conservator of her person in 2019, a role he has held for 11 years. played. He opposed Montgomery’s request for money to hire security because of recent death threats, saying he has been exposed to similar threats for years.
Montgomery denied that Britney Spears was prevented from getting married or was forced to use birth control. She hit back at James Spears, saying Britney Spears has not expressed a desire to evict her as she did with her father.
Montgomery said she is determined to stay at work and is developing a care plan to finish the conservatory, something she said James Spears has not expressed a desire to do.
“Mr. Spears, as the conservator of the estate, and Mrs. Montgomery, as the conservator of the person, should work as a team to ensure that Mrs. Spears’s best interests are looked after, that she is on the road to recovery and termination.” from her conservatory, and that she is living her best life,” Montgomery said in a lawsuit. “Instead, Mr. Spears has decided it’s time to point the finger and attack the media… Mr. Spears’ mud-slinging and his new ‘It wasn’t me!’ strategy – after being her sole or co-conservator for over 13 years – leaves Ms. Montgomery no choice but to defend herself.”
Despite nearly two years of service, Montgomery’s status is still technically temporary. She seemed to be heading for a permanent position before the recent events.
Britney Spears will continue to be represented at Wednesday’s hearing by her longtime court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, who last week filed documents stating that he resigned, effective as soon as she got a new attorney, whom she said. during the June hearing said she wanted to.
The Bessemer Trust, a financial firm that Spears had sought last year to replace her father but was instead appointed to work alongside him, also withdrew from the conservatory last week, saying it no longer wished to participate in a legal process. arrangement she didn’t want.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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