Judge Rules Against Britney Spears' Father In Conservatorship Dispute

It has been 13 years since singer Britney Spears, now 39, was placed under a legal conservatorship that removed her control over her own finances, career, and well-being. And since the release of the New York Times' documentary "Framing Britney Spears," the artist's treatment has faced increasing public scrutiny. In a hearing on February 11 in Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Brenda Penny continued Britney's arrangement — but overruled her father's objections to a third party, Bessemer Trust, having been established as co-conservator of her estate.

Spears has never voiced — in court or on social media, in the court of public opinion — a desire for the conservatorship to be removed completely. Last year, her lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III stated in a filing that she "strongly opposed" her father as conservator and that she refused to perform if he were in charge of her career. While Jamie Spears has not been removed as the conservator of the singer's estate, Judge Penny agreed in November to allow a third party, Bessemer Trust, to be added as co-conservator.