The second most important question, and the second because it’s less likely that it will be answered immediately, is whether or not the conservatorship will cease completely. Jamie Spears’ team filed to end conservatorship and his daughter “fully consents to” her father’s petition.
Judge Brenda J. Penny will hear arguments from both sides on a number of petitions and other requests starting at 1: 30 p.m. Pacific at Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown L.A., where supporters of the #FreeBritney movement have gathered on previous hearing days. (Another rally will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m
On the conservatorship’s side, Jamie Spears, through Vivian Thoreen, has been arguing back and forth since mid August about whether he should remain as his daughter’s conservator. In a filing that was rejecting a request to remove him ., he initially stated that he was ready to step down but not immediately ,. Then he petitioned the court early this month to end the conservatorship under which Britney Spears has lived for 13 years.
Jamie’s team took a stance against Britney Spears and Mathew Rosengart (her attorney she hired in July). Jamie’s former federal prosecutor filed papers that focused more on why Jamie should be removed as conservator of her daughter’s financial affairs than the termination of an apparently oppressive legal arrangement. (The pop star testified in open court back in June that she wanted out of the conservatorship without having to undergo a mental health assessment. )
In a last week filing, Rosengart stated that his client had agreed with her father that the conservatorship must end. However, he noted that Jamie Spears’s removal was the most important issue. Rosengart called it “a necessary first step — and substantial — towards Ms. Spears’s freedom and ending her Kafkaesque nightmare that was imposed upon her father, so her dignity and basic liberties could be restored John Zabel (a certified public accountant with extensive experience in entertainment situations) was most recently offered to Team Britney as the preferred candidate for a temporary conservator.
Jamie Spears’ group reacted to that statement this week by stating in court documents that there was no need for a temporary conservator, as there is no vacant position in the position. As he has for thirteen years, Mr. Spears continues faithfully to be the Conservator of the Estate. Mr. Spears has not and should not be suspended, especially since the Conservatorship should soon be terminated.”
Rosengart first asked the court in late July to boot Britney’s dad and requested in early August that a hearing on the matter be held sooner than Sept. 29, which was denied. Since then, the attorney has filed additional documents that contain strong arguments for a temporary conservator.
Mr. Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms. Spears’s estate by Mr. Spears and his associates, is a non-starter,” Rosengart wrote in an Aug. 30 filing calling out the terms Jamie laid out as conditions for his departure.
Earlier this week, citing revelations made in a documentary released Friday and a subsequent New York Times report, Rosengart slammed Jamie Spears for allegedly participating in “horrifying and unconscionable invasions of his adult daughter’s privacy” via surveillance allegedly conducted by the security firm he had employed to keep an eye on her.
“Controlling Britney Spears,” the FX/Hulu documentary that informed Rosengart’s commentary, focuses in large part on the role of Black Box Security, backed up by testimony from a former employee with access to the inner workings of the company’s 24/7 presence in the singer’s life.
Allegations included the placement of a recording device in Britney Spears’ bedroom and mirroring of her tightly controlled iPhone to an iPad through which her every electronic move was monitored. Today’s hearing comes amid a flurry of documentaries about the pop star and her conservatorship.
Last week brought FX/Hulu’s “Controlling Britney Spears,” which was a follow-up to February’s Emmy-nominated “Framing Britney Spears.” Netflix debuted “Britney vs Spears” on Tuesday. Between, CNN launched “Toxic Britney Spears’ Battle for Freedom” on Sunday. This appeared to have caused confusion for the singer.
“It’s really crazy guys,” Spears wrote on Instagram Monday. “I saw a bit of the last documentary, and I hate to tell you that a lot of what was said is false!” I try to get away from the drama! !”
By Tuesday morning, however, that second sentence had been softened.
“I watched some of the last documentary,” it now states, “and I have to admit that I scratched my heads a few times!” !”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.