In a long battle for control over her own estate, Britney Spears has rallied support from fans under the #FreeBritney movement. In a court appearance on November 10, Spears said she would not resume her career as long as her father had control over it.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend James Spears from his central role in the court conservatorship that has controlled his daughter's life and career for 12 years. The judge, however, said she would consider future petitions for his suspension or outright removal, which Spears' attorney Samuel D. Ingham III plans to file.
"My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father," Ingham told the judge. "She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career." The pop star has been on an indefinite work hiatus since early 2019.
Even Lynne Spears, Britney's mother and James' ex-wife, said she thinks it’s “time to start fresh” and remove James as Britney's conservator.
James Spears’ attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, defended what she said was his perfect record in his run as Britney's conservator, which has seen her net worth go from in debt to well over $60 million. "I don’t believe there is a shred of evidence to support my client’s suspension," Thoreen said.
The judge did approve that a corporate fiduciary, the Bessemer Trust, will now serve as co-conservator over her estate along with her father, which Britney Spears had requested. Most of the attorneys involved, along with Britney Spears’ parents, took part in the hearing via phone and video conference to maintain social distancing.
Dozens of fans, on the other hand, protested outside the downtown Los Angeles courthouse as they have for every Spears hearing, and a few, wearing #FreeBritney face masks, sat in the courtroom. We hope we can hear from her soon.