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Britney Spears can select her own attorney for her conservatorship case, a judge ruled on Wednesday during an emotional hearing in which the singer broke down and pleaded for her father to be removed from the case. The hearing came less than a month after Spears spoke in court and called for an end to the controversial arrangement that has has controlled her life for 13 years, giving her father and others authority over her personal life and career.
Mathew S Rosengart, a powerful Hollywood attorney who attended the hearing, will now be representing Spears. It marked the first time she has been able to select her own lawyer in the case, a move that could accelerate her push to get out of the conservatorship.
Speaking over the phone to a room packed with dozens of reporters and fans, Spears delivered a series of new shocking grievances, alleging her hair vitamins and coffee had been taken from her. The singer said she wanted the complex legal arrangement terminated without facing an evaluation, but indicated her top priority was ousting her father from his role, and saying she would be OK with Jodi Montgomery, the d conservator who oversees her healthcare, to remain in place.
The speech caused an upheaval in her case, which for years has been largely shrouded in secrecy. Her controversial court-appointed lawyer, Samuel D Ingham, has asked to re ; the wealth management firm, Bessemer Trust, has withdrawn from overseeing her estate; her longtime manager stepped down ; her father, Jamie Spears, has asked the court to investigate her allegations; and lawyers involved in the case have feuded in court filings.
The judge approved the withdrawal of Ingham and Bessemer Trust on Wednesday. He has been there for his daughter … He loves his daughter and only wants the best for her. By early afternoon, fans and protesters calling for an end to the conservatorship had rallied outside the courthouse.
Advocates hope the hiring of Rosengart will be a turning point in the case, allowing Spears to properly advocate for herself. Ingham, the court lawyer, had been ased to her when she was first placed in a conservatorship in and deemed incapable of hiring her own lawyer.
But recent investigations have raised questions about the fraught process that led to an indefinite conservatorship, and fans have long advocated for the courts to restore her independence. Ingham had faced intense scrutiny after Spears said in court that she did not know she could petition to terminate the conservatorship.
Rosengart questioned the fundamental merits of the arrangement, suggesting Spears should not have been placed in a permanent conservatorship in and saying his law firm would be investigating the origins.
Conservatorships are typically used for elderly or infirm people who are deemed incapable of making decisions, but disability rights advocates say the process is ripe for abuse. Spears has questioned the merits of the arrangement, noting that she has continued to have a successful career while being denied basic autonomy. She also said the arrangement had forced her to work and take medications against her will, blocked her from getting married or having another child and controlled her personal relationships. It can be a long and difficult process to end conservatorshipsbut experts say it would be a game changer if Spears retained her own lawyer who could aggressively fight to terminate the arrangement.
Jamie Spears andMontgomery have cast blame on each other in court filings. The flurry of reations and in-fighting since her June testimony has given some hope to advocates with the FreeBritney movement who have been rallying for termination for years.
She added that it was troubling that despite her claims of mistreatment and pleas for help, she remained under control of the same people. There are many people who are under abusive guardianships. The attention on her case will hopefully bring justice for many of these people.
The American Civil Liberties Union and other disability rights groups filed an amicus brief this week in support of her right to hire her own counsel. Britney Spears. Sam Levin in Los Angeles.
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