Overnight Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny granted Britney Spears‘ request to have her father officially suspended as the pop star’s conservator of the estate. Upon announcing the ruling, the judge said it was in the “best interest” of Spears. The singer’s attorney Mathew Rosengart petitioned the court to “immediately” suspend Jamie Spears from the role earlier this week.
Outside the courthouse on Wednesday, Rosengart told reporters it was a “monumental” moment. He also credited the #FreeBritney movement as “instrumental” in the case moving forward.
Spears hasn’t addressed the news directly but on Instagram published a video saying she was on “cloud nine” after the ruling.
On September 8 Mr Spears filed a petition to officially end his daughters conservatorship after 13 years.
“As Mr Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the court 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.”
The conservatorship itself has not yet ended. In the interim Penny has appointed certified public accountant John Zabel as temporary conservator to Britney’s $60 million estate.
Under the conservatorship, Spears was allegedly denied requests to remove her birth control when she wanted to fall pregnant, was heavily medicated with lithium, was unable to get engaged or married (her longtime partner Sam Asghari has since proposed) and had her daily vitamins and even coffee taken away.
“It’s embarrassing and demoralising what I’ve been through, and that’s the main reason I didn’t say it openly,” Spears said in her first public testimony in June. “I didn’t think anybody would believe me.”
This is a huge win for the pop star. More to come.