Britney Spears has lost her attempt to oust her father, James Spears, as her estate curator – and the singer’s lawyer now says she won’t perform while he remains in office because she is afraid of him.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny on Tuesday refused to suspend Spears, widely known as “Jamie,” from the post he had held for the past 12 years. But she will consider future petitions for her suspension or dismissal from her post, according to the Associated Press, and she has also granted the singer’s request that the Bessemer Trust, a trust company, be appointed co-curator.
The hearing was conducted by telephone and videoconference, on Los Angeles Times reports; the singer herself was absent but her two parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, were present.
According to AP Spears’ attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, told the court: “My client informed me that she was afraid of her father. She won’t reproduce again if her father is in charge of her career. (Spears hasn’t performed live since 2018.) His father’s attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen, meanwhile, argued that the guardianship benefited Spears – and objected to Ingham’s comment about the relationship between the two.
Spears’ tutelage began in 2008 – by then the tabloids had spent months documenting the singer’s public collapse as she shaved her head and checked in at rehab centers. More than a decade later, however, the singer’s fans have pointed to her ongoing performances and television appearances as signs that she no longer needs to be held under such strain.
The threshold for approval of the guardianship is generally very high; the court must determine that the person is unable to provide food, clothing or shelter. In a court filing this fall, Spears called his own guardianship “voluntary” – but concerned #FreeBritney fans continue to examine the terms of the arrangement.
Talk with the Times, one fan called the appointment of the Bessemer Trust co-curator a “big win for Britney.” Spears’ next hearing is scheduled for December 16.
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