Britney freed: Judge dissolves Spears’ conservatorship

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Los Angeles – Britney Spears is free. A Los Angeles judge on Friday put an end to the stereotypes that have governed the pop singer’s life and money for nearly 14 years.

The decision capped a surprising odyssey, in which Spears publicly demanded an end to conservatism, hired her own lawyer, removed her father from power, and finally her own therapy, for the first time since 2008. Gained freedom to make financial and personal decisions.

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Judge Brenda Penney said, “To date, the protection of the person and property of Britney Jean Spears has been terminated.”

With fans cheering and sloganeering after the decision was announced, cheers poured in outside the courthouse. The crowd chanted “Britney! Britney! Britney!” And fans sang and danced to Spears’ song “Stronger.”

Spears quickly tweeted about the decision: “Good god I love my fans so much this is crazy!!! I think I’m gonna cry for the rest of the day!!!! Best day ever.. . Praise be to God… can I have amen???”

Spears’ attorney, Matthew Rosengart, told fans and reporters that the case “helped shed light on guardianship and guardianship from coast to coast, from California to New York. And it required tremendous insight, courage, and grace.”

The judge’s move was widely expected, leaving little support for prolonging the legal system. No new arguments were presented in the 30-minute hearing. Spears did not attend.

As recently as last spring, it appeared that conservatism could continue for years. Then it opened with astonishing speed.

Key to the disclosure was Spears’ speech at a hearing in June, when she described the sanctions and investigation as “outrageous” and said “I just want my life back,” a line her attorney reiterated in court on Friday. . Spears demanded that the stereotype be eliminated without any assessment of her mental state.

Legal experts at the time said this was unlikely to happen, and would represent a departure from common court practice.

But the judge said in Wednesday’s hearing that California law does not require her to order further evaluation of Spears if one does not request it.

The judge allowed Spears to appoint Rosengart, an attorney of her choice, in July. He made his goal first to remove James Spears from his role as custodian of his daughter’s finances, before working to end the stereotype altogether. The judge suspended James Spears at the September hearing, citing a “toxic environment” in his appearance.

But there could be a courtroom battle ahead.

Rosengart has vowed to pursue further investigations into the role of James Spears. He said that he and his team have found mismanagement of Britney Spears’ finances, suggesting that she may seek further legal action. Court records put her net worth at approximately $60 million.

He also said that law enforcement should investigate revelations in a New York Times documentary about a hearing device placed in his bedroom.

Lawyers for James Spears said Rosengart’s allegations ranged from baseless to improbable, and that he only acted in the best interests of his daughter.

The post-conservatism battle has in some ways already begun. James Spears has parted ways with the lawyers who helped him conduct it, and he has hired Alex Weingarten, an attorney specializing in up-and-coming litigation.

In court filings last week, Britney Spears’ former business managers, Trai Star Sports & Entertainment Group, pushed back against Rosengart’s demands for documents about the firm’s involvement in patronage from 2008 to 2018. The group denied any role or knowledge. Superstar Monitor

The court-appointed mentor, Jodie Montgomery, who oversaw the singer’s life and medical decisions beginning in 2019, developed a care plan with her physician and doctors that would follow Spears’ end of the guardianship and through its aftermath. guides.

Montgomery’s attorney, Laurian Wright, said during the hearing: “There’s no reason why Ms. Spears can’t live a safe, happy, full life after this guardianship.”

The judge placed a small portion of the conservatism temporarily in order to allow the accountant who took over for James Spears to put the singer’s affairs in order before she is transferred to power in the coming months.

Britney Spears was a 26-year-old new mother at the height of her career, when her father first established guardianship on a temporary basis in February 2008 after a series of public mental health struggles.

It ends a few weeks before her 40th birthday, when her sons are in their teens and her career stalls indefinitely, as she is about to get married for the second time.

A turning point came in early 2019, when she canceled a planned concert in Las Vegas.

Believing that she was kept in a mental hospital against her wishes, fans began to unite and demand #FreeBritney from the court. At first, they were dismissed as conspiracy theorists, but the singer herself recognized them in a series of court filings in 2020, calling for more transparency and investigation into her legal status. were right for

Those filings proved to be the first sign from Spears, who had been silent on conservatism for years, that she would seek major changes.

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