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Britney ‘bursts into tears’ and celebrates ruling to end her father’s 13-year conservatorship

Britney ‘bursts into tears’ and celebrates ruling to end her father’s 13-year conservatorship


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Britney Spears reportedly ‘burst into tears’ on Wednesday after she learned that her father Jamie has been suspended as the conservator of her $60 million estate after 13 years. 

The pop star celebrated the news by sharing an Instagram post showing her flying a prop plane for the first time. In the post symbolic of her newfound freedom, Britney is recorded taking her first flying lesson. 

A second video captures the view as the small plane flies over a strip of green land cutting through blue waters which was followed by an unsteady photo of palm trees.

The post was captioned: ‘On cloud 9 right now !!!! First time flying a plane and first time in a prop plane !!! Geez I was scared !!! Pssss bringing the ship home, JL … Stay classy beautiful people !!!! New pics coming soon !!!!’ 

‘Britney burst into tears upon hearing the judge’s decision,’ an anonymous source told Page Six. ‘For the longest time, she had begun to think that she would never see the day that her father’s domineering control over every single aspect of her life would end, but it finally happened.’  

‘She’s in shock and at a loss for words but literally jumping for joy,’ the source added. ‘She hasn’t felt joy like this in 13 years.’

On Wednesday, a Los Angeles judge kicked Jamie off the conservatorship that’s been controlling Britney’s personal life and $60 million fortune for the past 13 years.  

A judge ruled Wednesday to suspend Britney’s father Jamie Spears as her conservator 

Spears' father Jamie Spears

Spears' mother Lynne

Britney, 39, was not in attendance at the hearing where a judge heard arguments for ending the conservatorship. Both of her parents Jamie and Lynn attended virtually via Zoom 

Britney shared a video on Instagram showing her flying a prop plane for the first time

The post comes after a judge suspended her father from serving as her conservator after 13 years

Britney shared a video on Instagram showing her flying a prop plane for the first time. The post comes after a judge suspended her father from serving as her conservator after 13 years 

It’s a huge victory for the 39-year-old singer in her long battle to regain control of her personal and financial affairs.

But full freedom won’t be immediate. While LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ordered Jamie to step down today, she also appointed a temporary replacement conservator, accountant John Zabel.

Zabel – a Certified Public Accountant will take over Britney’s financial affairs until the court decides she’s ready to look after herself again and the conservatorship can be completely terminated – which could happen in just a few months.

In making her ruling, Judge Penny told the court, ‘I do believe that the suspension of James Spears is in the best instants of Ms. Spears.’

She added that pleadings by Britney’s legal team, ‘reflect a toxic environment that requires the suspension of Mr. Spears.’ 

Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart, addressed her fans, the Britney Army, thanking them for their adamant support of the pop star. 

‘Today’s a great day. It’s a great day for Britney Spears and it’s a great day for justice. And there’s definitely something to celebrate. But it’s also a solemn day. Britney Spears has been faced with a decade-long nightmare orchestrated by her father and others,’ Rosengart during a news conferencing following Wednesday’s hearing.  

‘I’m so proud of her for her courage, her strength… and she’s so pleased and so thankful to all of you,’ he said addressing the public. 

‘I think the support of the Free Britney movement has been instrumental.’ 

Rosengart noted that while today’s ruling was a ‘substantial step toward (Britney’s) freedom’ there are still further allegations of Britney’s mistreatment that are being investigated by state and federal authorities.  

Outside the court in downtown LA today, dozens of #FreeBritney supporters – filmed by an army of TV cameramen and photographers – gathered, waving banners saying ‘Stop the abuse’, and chanting ‘Free Britney’ and ‘Jamie for jail’.

And the fans of the embattled stars also signed a giant pink card – bearing the single word ‘Love’ in white – for their idol.  

LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny (pictured) ordered Jamie to step down as Britney's conservator appointing accountant John Zabel as the temporary replacement conservator

LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny (pictured) ordered Jamie to step down as Britney’s conservator appointing accountant John Zabel as the temporary replacement conservator

Britney's lawyer Matthew Rosengart (pictured right) spoke in court on Wednesday telling the judge that Jamie 'cannot be in my client's life for one more day'

Britney’s lawyer Matthew Rosengart (pictured right) spoke in court on Wednesday telling the judge that Jamie ‘cannot be in my client’s life for one more day’

Rosengart (pictured right) addressed the Los Angeles court seeking a suspension of the conservatorship to allow the continuation of the probe into Jamie's time as Britney's conservator

Rosengart (pictured right) addressed the Los Angeles court seeking a suspension of the conservatorship to allow the continuation of the probe into Jamie’s time as Britney’s conservator

Free Britney fanatics were seen outside the courtroom with posters rooting for the the singer to finally be freed from the 13-year conservatorship

Free Britney fanatics were seen outside the courtroom with posters rooting for the the singer to finally be freed from the 13-year conservatorship

A fan holds up a Free Britney sign ahead of Wednesday's hearing  where a judge heard arguments for ending the conservatorship

A fan holds up a Free Britney sign ahead of Wednesday’s hearing  where a judge heard arguments for ending the conservatorship

Now, the pop icon can pursue her desperate quest to end the conservatorship altogether and live her life as she wants – including marrying and having another child – without her father’s approval.   

Britney was not in attendance at the hearing where a judge heard arguments for ending the conservatorship. Both of her parents Jamie and Lynn attended virtually via Zoom. 

Rosengart delivered a powerful testimony, telling the judge that Jamie ‘cannot be in my client’s life for one more day.’

Rosengart was seeking a suspension, rather than a termination of the conservatorship, to keep Jamie from receiving a settlement and to allow an investigation into his time as Britney’s conservator. 

The hearing came hours after Britney’s lawyer called her father ‘a reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in new legal documents.

Jamie, 69, has always insisted that he has only been protecting his daughter while running the conservatorship that pays him a monthly salary of $16,000

Jamie, 69, has always insisted that he has only been protecting his daughter while running the conservatorship that pays him a monthly salary of $16,000

Jamie, 69, has always insisted that he has only been protecting his daughter and looking out for her interests while running the conservatorship that pays him a monthly salary of $16,000.

And in documents filed by his attorneys prior to today’s hearing, he’s taken the position that there’s no reason to replace him since there is no evidence he did a poor job……And if the conservatorship is soon to be dissolved, there is no point in replacing him with a caretaker conservator, namely Zabel.

Jamie blasted Zabel’s nomination, calling him a ‘layperson’ not qualified to supervise the finances of an internationally renowned entertainer like Britney.

He claimed Zabel had been swindled out of $1 million in a bogus real estate scam and asked, if he cannot protect his own money how is he going to look after Britney’s $60 million?

But Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart – who nominated Zabel for the job – hit back in his own court filing, saying Zabel is a ‘nationally-recognized CPA (certified public accountant)…..in stark contrast to Mr. Spears, a reported alcoholic and gambling addict with zero financial background or experience in financial matters, who previously filed for bankruptcy and has a domestic violence restraining order currently in effect against him.’

Rosengart also weighed in on reports that the FBI has launched an investigation into claims in a New York Times documentary that Jamie hired a security firm to monitor and record Britney’s communications and spy on what went on in her bedroom, without her knowledge or consent.

Jamie has claimed that Britney knew about the surveillance at her home in California where both parties must consent to their conversation being recorded.

But Rosengart – who has accused Jamie of mismanaging Britney’s finances and profiting from the conservatorship – lashed out in a court filing Monday, saying, ‘Mr. Spears has crossed unfathomable lines,

‘While they are not evidence, the allegations warrant serious investigation, certainly by Ms. Spears as, among other things, California is a ‘two-party’ consent state.’

‘Placing a listening device in Britney’s bedroom would be particularly inexcusable and disgraceful, and corroborates so much of her compelling, poignant testimony.

‘These actions must be fully and aggressively investigated.’ 

The hearing came hours after Britney's lawyer Rosengart (pictured) called her father 'a reported alcoholic and gambling addict' in new legal documents

The hearing came hours after Britney’s lawyer Rosengart (pictured) called her father ‘a reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in new legal documents

For more than a year, Britney has been calling for her father to be fired as her conservator and for an end to the conservatorship which she's called 'abusive'

For more than a year, Britney has been calling for her father to be fired as her conservator and for an end to the conservatorship which she’s called ‘abusive’

Fans hold signs that read 'Fry Jamie Fry' and 'I want my life back' outside of the courtroom

Fans hold signs that read ‘Fry Jamie Fry’ and ‘I want my life back’ outside of the courtroom 

A Free Britney supporter wears a hat and holds a flag Wednesday in front of the Stanley Mosk courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles

A Free Britney supporter wears a hat and holds a flag Wednesday in front of the Stanley Mosk courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles 

Rosengart followed up his court filing with a statement condemning the surveillance, saying, ‘Unauthorized recording or monitoring of Britney’s private communications…..represent an unconscionable and disgraceful violation of her privacy rights and a striking example of the deprivation of her civil liberties.’

The pop star has been under a conservatorship since she suffered a mental health breakdown in 2008. She's seen in this infamous 2007 photo attacking paparazzi with an umbrella

The pop star has been under a conservatorship since she suffered a mental health breakdown in 2008. She’s seen in this infamous 2007 photo attacking paparazzi with an umbrella 

Another hearing to address the request to terminate Britney’s conservatorship completely is scheduled for November 12. 

For more than a year, Britney has been calling for her father to be fired as her conservator and for an end to the conservatorship which she’s called ‘abusive.’

She has said that she’s ‘afraid ‘ of her dad and declared that she would not perform again until he was no longer in charge of the conservatorship he’s been overseeing since her much-publicized breakdown in 2008.

One of her most heart-wrenching revelations came during a tearful phone appearance at Judge Penny’s court last June when she said that she wanted to have a baby with her fiancé, personal trainer Sam Asghari, but the strict conservatorship wouldn’t allow her to remove her IUD birth control.

‘I feel ganged up on and bullied and alone,’ Britney told the court during that emotional statement. ‘I just want my life back.’

She also told the judge that she felt ‘enslaved’ by her dad, whom she, added, ‘should be in jail.’

Last year, at her father’s request, the conservatorship (the one dealing with Britney’s personal affairs, not the conservatorship controlling her finances) was temporarily transferred from Jamie to her long-time caregiver Jodi Montgomery.

While he blamed his stepping down on health issues, Jamie’s decision came amid accusations that he had gotten into an altercation with Britney’s then 14 year-old son Sean Preston, now 16.

Kevin Federline – Britney’s ex and the father of Sean and his brother Jayden James, 15 – made a police report and took out a restraining order against his former father-in-law after the incident in which, reportedly, a ‘very angry’ Jamie broke down the door of a room Sean had locked himself in and ‘shook’ the frightened teen.

Britney announced she and Asghari are engaged posting this photo to Instagram

Britney announced she and Asghari are engaged posting this photo to Instagram

Now, the pop icon can pursue her desperate quest to end the conservatorship altogether and live her life as she wants - including marrying and having another child - without her father’s approval

Now, the pop icon can pursue her desperate quest to end the conservatorship altogether and live her life as she wants – including marrying and having another child – without her father’s approval 

Sam Asghari, Britney's fiancé, posted this picture to his Instagram story celebrating the pop star's win in court today

Asghari also posted a photo showing him handing a pink to rose to Britney who has her engagement ring on full display

Sam Asghari, Britney’s fiancé, posted these photos to his Instagram story celebrating the pop star’s win in court today 

Britney's fiancé shared a black and white photo on his Instagram story and feed giving a shout out to her fan base, Britney Army. He captioned one of the post: 'The power of the lioness!!!!! #freebritney'

Britney’s fiancé shared a black and white photo on his Instagram story and feed giving a shout out to her fan base, Britney Army. He captioned one of the post: ‘The power of the lioness!!!!! #freebritney’

Britney is pictured on stage in London in August 2018, during the Piece of Me tour

Britney is pictured on stage in London in August 2018, during the Piece of Me tour

Britney was said to be furious over what happened and worried that the incident could jeopardize the joint custody agreement she has with Federline that already gives him a much larger percentage of time with the boys than she has.

The Spears family have been torn apart by fights over the pop singer’s career and fortune. Last year, she began the legal process to remove him from handling her personal affairs and in June testified in court, but her request was denied.

But the family resentment exploded this summer when Britney addressed a court and pleaded to end the arrangement, claiming that she had been taken advantage of by her entire family. 

Jamie argued in court in early August that he should not be removed but days later filed a petition for the conservatorship to come to an end.  

Rosengart, said at the time it was ‘a vindication for Britney’.

‘We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed,’ he said. ‘It is vindication for Britney.’   

Meanwhile Britney’s former best friend Sean Phillips has said the pop star is itching to return to performing after refusing to appear on stage until the conservatorship was ended. 

‘She’s a performer at heart’, he said. ‘She’s a genius at performing, she’s so good at what she does, she does it so effortlessly and I know that’s what she loves to do.

‘But I do believe that she’s doing the right thing, she needs to have control over her own career and I would do the same thing if I was her with that talent. So I would hold out until I knew I had complete control of it.’ 

Philips said he thought Spears’ had coped well with ‘strange… external influences’ and added he was ‘proud of her for what she’s doing now and trying to take control of what’s going on.

‘I hope Britney gets control of her life, she gets confidence in controlling her career and her family. Somehow, even if it’s down the road, that’s what I hope happens.’ 

TIMELINE OF BRITNEY’S COMPLEX CONSERVATORSHIP AND HOW IT BEGAN

Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated

Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated 

2002: Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears divorce. 

Britney breaks up with Justin Timberlake around the same time.

2004: Britney marries Kevin Federline.

2005: Britney and Kevin welcome their first child, Sean Preston Federline. 

2006: Jayden James Federline, Britney and Kevin’s second child, is born. 

2007: Britney, struggling through a custody battle and split with Kevin, shaves her head and attacks a paparazzo’s car.

2008: Jamie Spears files for conservatorship of Britney, claiming she is not legally well enough to make her own decisions. 

Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline

Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship

Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline. Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship

2009-2019: QUIET CONSERVATORSHIP YEARS

The conservatorship – which had been temporary – is extended  every year. 

In court papers, Jamie’s attorneys describe how she is making more money. 

JANUARY 2019: THE ARRANGEMENT STARTS TO CRUMBLE

Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency

Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency

Britney announces an ‘indefinite’ work hiatus and cancels her lucrative Las Vegas residency.

Jamie files paperwork asking for the conservatorship to be extended beyond California, to apply in Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida as well.  

He steps down as her primary conservator after allegations he abused one of her sons but is still listed as one of those in charge. 

EARLY 2020: Britney, Jamie and Jamie-Lynne are in Louisiana together for two weeks.  

The #FreeBritney movement is picking up. 

Jamie’s attorneys claim everyone is happy together and enjoying spending time together in quarantine.  

NOVEMBER 2020: Britney’s attorneys claim in papers that she is afraid of her father and asks for Bessemer Trust to be put in charge. 

Her fans start speculating over her cryptic Instagram posts and videos that she wants a way out.  

DECEMBER 2020: The conservatorship is extended until September 2021.

FEBRUARY 5, 2021: Framing Britney Spears debuts on Hulu.

The conservatorship that Britney was put under is ordinarily used in situations where older, perhaps senile people, can no longer look after their own affairs. 

Fans are concerned for her well-being and have demanded that she be released from the control of her father, Jamie

Fans are concerned for her well-being and have demanded that she be released from the control of her father, Jamie

It gives control over to an appointed conservator for the best interest of the recipient but in most cases, the recipient is not healthy enough to make their own money, unlike Britney who makes millions. Under the rules of the probate conservatorship, Jamie now has equal control over her estate to a third party and an attorney, Andrew Wallet. 

Wallet derives a salary of $426,000 a year from Britney’s estate. 

He, Jamie and the third party who was brought on recently can make deals on her behalf and restrict her visitors.

JUNE 23, 2021 – BRITNEY SPEAKS OUT IN COURT  

Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari

Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari

In an emotional testimony, Britney told the court that she had suffered psychologically for years as a result of the conservatorship which she said was so restrictive, she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD birth control. 

JUNE 30, 2021 – JUDGE DENIES BRITNEY’S REQUEST TO REMOVE JAMIE 

Judge Brenda Penny, responding to Britney’s November 2020 request, refuses to remove Jamie from the agreement. 

She doesn’t say why but she does invite her attorney to file paperwork to end it, which he doesn’t. 

JULY 1, 2021 – BESSEMER TRUST RESIGNS AFTER BEING PUT IN CHARGE WITH JAMIE

A day after the judge’s ruling, Bessemer Trust, which had been brought on, resigned, saying they were never aware that Britney wanted to end the conservatorship. 

In a court filing, the company’s attorneys said: ‘We heard her and respect her wishes.’ 

JULY 5, 2021 – BRITNEY’S LONG-TIME MANAGER RESIGNS

Larry Rudolph wrote a letter to Jamie and the conservatorship to say he was no longer needed since Britney wanted to retire. 

He said he hadn’t spoken to her for two years but had been told by others that she wanted to step down. 

JULY 6, 2021 – BRITNEY’S ATTORNEY STEPS DOWN 

Sam Ingham, the attorney appointed to represent Britney in 2008, steps down after failing to file paperwork to terminate the conservatorship, despite her pleas. 

JULY 14, 2021 -BRITNEY WINS RIGHT TO CHOOSE HER OWN LAWYER

A Los Angeles court granted Britney the right to choose a lawyer to help her end her conservatorship, after she told a judge the current situation was ‘allowing my dad to ruin my life.’ She chose former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart as her new attorney. 

JULY 23, 2021 – BRITNEY FLASHES HER BOOBS ON INSTAGRAM

Singer’s semi-nude post was hailed by fans including Paris Hilton as evidence of her determination to become a ‘free woman’.

JULY 27, 2021 – LYNNE SPEARS AGREES TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF HER DAUGHTER

The singer’s mother’s attack on Jamie gives her a powerful new ally in her bid to be freed.

AUGUST 12, 2021 – JAMIE SPEARS AGREES TO STEP DOWN AS CONSERVATOR

Jamie’s lawyers filed court documents saying that he will step down, and provide an orderly transition to another conservator.

He said that he was doing so because he felt a public argument with his daughter was not in her best interests. 

SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 – JAMIE SPEARS FILES TO END THE CONSERVATORSHIP

Jamie states that his daughter ‘is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.’ 

The filing went on to say that Britney Spears’ circumstances have changed ‘to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist.’ 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 – JAMIE SUSPENDED FROM CONSERVATORSHIP 

LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled to suspend Jamie as the conservator of Britney’s estate. 

Accountant John Zabel has been named as the temporary replacement conservator. 

Britney Spears’ lawyer BLASTS father Jamie Spears as a ‘reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in battle over her conservatorship  

Britney Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart called her father Jamie Spears a ‘reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in legal documents, as they fight over who should take over the singer’s conservatorship. 

Jamie, 68, filed legal documents trying to challenge the person Rosengart has chosen to replace him to oversee Britney’s estate – according to TMZ – CPA John Zabel who has an ‘impeccable record of serving in positions of trust.’

Despite Zabel also being described as a ‘highly-esteemed, nationally-recognized, and an award-winning CPA,’ Britney’s father has been trying to challenge the appointment. 

However, Rosengart has hit back at Jamie’s concerns, saying he has ‘zero financial background or experience in financial matters, who previously filed for bankruptcy and has a Domestic Violence Restraining Order currently in effect against him.’

Hitting back: Britney Spears' lawyer Mathew Rosengart BLASTS father Jamie Spears as a 'reported alcoholic and gambling addict' in battle over her conservatorship (Pic, 2019)

Hitting back: Britney Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart BLASTS father Jamie Spears as a ‘reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in battle over her conservatorship (Pic, 2019) 

Rosengart goes further in his response, saying Jamie is ‘incompetent’ and complains about his ‘abuse of his daughter (which evidently goes back to her childhood), and the dissipation of Estate assets.’

Attack: Jamie Spears is questioning who should take over Britney (Pictured, 2012)

Attack: Jamie Spears is questioning who should take over Britney (Pictured, 2012)

The legal documents filed by Rosengart are also said to mention the recent allegations that Jamie engineered secret recordings in Britney’s bedroom. 

Meanwhile TMZ also reported Tuesday that renowned psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy was approached by Britney’s team to see if she was being over-medicated. 

Sophy claimed that there was a concern Britney was being ‘excessively pumped full of drugs’ to the point where she was ‘not able to clearly speak for herself.’ 

However, Sophy said he declined the opportunity to evaluate her.

Meanwhile, on Monday it was reported that Britney’s father Jamie could be investigated by the FBI after it was claimed that he hired a security company to monitor his daughter’s communications  – including what went on in her bedroom – without her knowledge or consent.

Deadline reported that the FBI are looking into whether the law was broken, with Jamie insisting his daughter knew of the surveillance arrangements. 

Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears's lawyer, said the allegations of monitoring her communications were deeply disturbing

Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears’s lawyer, said the allegations of monitoring her communications were deeply disturbing

Under Californian law, both parties must consent to a conversation being recorded.

They have triggered a furious response from Britney’s lawyers who say the allegations are further evidence as to why her conservatorship should be urgently ended. 

‘Mr. Spears has crossed unfathomable lines,’ said the singer’s lawyer in a court filing on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s hearing on the conservatorship.

‘While they are not evidence, the allegations warrant serious investigation, certainly by Ms. Spears as, among other things, California is a ‘two-party’ consent state.’

His furious remarks were a reference to a New York Times documentary released on Hulu on Friday detailing the surveillance claims. 

Alex Vlasov, a former employee of Black Box Security, told The New York Times in a new documentary that the 39-year-old’s phone calls and messages were secretly recorded as part of her 13-year conservatorship, overseen by her father. 

Rosengart further told the paper that the allegations made by Vlasov warranted urgent inquiry.

He said it was yet further evidence of the mistreatment of the singer, who on June 23 told the court she was forced to have birth control implants; was forbidden from driving her car; and had no say in her most basic life decisions. 

‘Placing a listening device in Britney’s bedroom would be particularly inexcusable and disgraceful, and corroborates so much of her compelling, poignant testimony.

‘These actions must be fully and aggressively investigated.’

He said in Monday’s court documents that he intends to depose the 69-year-old, and that if he plead the Fifth Amendment it would be damning. 

It is unclear whether the court which managed the conservatorship had approved the recordings.

Britney has not commented on the specific allegations that she was secretly recorded, but in an Instagram post on Monday said that the documentary, Controlling Britney Spears, had many factual errors.

‘I watched a little bit of the last documentary and I hate to inform you but a lot of what you heard is not true!!!’ she said.

 



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