A Los Angeles judge has denied a request by Britney Spears to remove her father as her conservator – for the time being at least.
Spears, 39, was placed under the care of a conservatorship in 2008 after a series of public travails that included being taken to hospital amid concerns for her mental health. New documents show that the judge has responded to a request made by Spears‘ lawyer Samuel Ingham III in November, at which point he said the 39-year-old star was scared of her father, Jamie, and did not want him to manage her multimillion-dollar estate.
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In November, Los Angeles superior court judge Brenda Penny declined to remove Jamie Spears and added a trust as the co-conservator of her estate. The documents filed on Wednesday affirm this decision and underline that Jamie Spears is still a conservator. In her first time speaking in open court last week, Spears said she wanted the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years to end. “I just want my life back,” she said.
In the testimony, Spears said she had been forced to work against her will and to use birth control despite her desire to have another child. She said she was blocked from seeing some friends and from speaking to the press. “I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work,” she said, adding: “The laws need to change … I don’t feel like I can live a full life.”
Spears told the court last week: “I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end it. I’m sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn’t know that.” Legal experts believe that Spears could remain in the conservatorship for months and years. The process to get out of a conservatorship could require an investigation and several court hearings before the court makes a decision.