The #FreeBritney movement might finally be close to achieving its primary goal – to remove Britney Spears‘ 13-year-long conservatorship, which saw her life and finances controlled by her father. After announcing that he will step down as his daughter’s co-conservator last month, Jamie Spears has now officially filed to end the conservatorship altogether.
The popstar has been extremely vocal about her desire to be released from her conservatorship, telling the court in a back in June that she just “wanted [her] life back”. She also remained adamant in requesting her father be removed as a conservator, telling the court in July, “I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse.”
In a petition filed to the Los Angeles Superior Court, Jamie Spears detailed his reasons for deciding to comply with his daughter’s requests. “As Mr Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document read. “If Ms Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
Judge Brenda Penny, who is overseeing Spears’ case, will now need to approve the request before the conservatorship can be officially ended. However the star’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said that the filing could be taken as a major win for her case. “Another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms Spears,” he wrote in an email statement.
While Jamie Spears’ legal team seem to be framing the decision as a father doing right by his daughter’s wishes, Rosengart believes the move to be a tactic, allowing him to potentially sidestep charges related to conservatorship abuse.
“It appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath. But as we assess his filing (which was inappropriately sent to the media before it was served on counsel) we will also continue to explore all options,” he wrote.
The Lucky singer was first placed under the conservatorship back in 2008.