Following Britney Spears’ powerful testimony to the court on June 24, the pop star has once again spoken out against her father Jamie Spears. In a virtual hearing in Los Angeles, the artist has asked judge Brenda Penny to charge him with conservatorship abuse. According to CNN, the 39-year-old revealed that she believed those involved in the conservatorship were “trying to kill me”.
“If this is not abuse, I don’t know what is,” Spears said over the phone, in tears.
In addition to claims that Spears was medicated with lithium and allegedly denied removal of her birth control in the event she wanted to fall pregnant, the singer said her vitamins and even her coffee were taken away.
She echoed comments from her previous testimony that she wanted her father removed from the conservatorship, without being medically evaluated herself. Spears admitted that she was happy for co-conservator Jodi Montgomery to remain in control.
“My dad needs to be removed today and I will be happy with Jodi helping me,” Spears said.
In a big win for the “Toxic” star, however, she was awarded the right to appoint her own attorney. It’s the first time she had been given permission to do so since 2008. Spears has since retained former federal prosecutor and renowned entertainment litigator, Mathew Rosengart, who was in attendance at the hearing. He has called for his client’s father to voluntarily step down.
“Jamie Spears should be removed as conservator because it is in [the] best interest of the conservatee,” Rosengart said outside the courthouse. “We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal. The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that’s what’s in the best interest of the conservatee.”
On Instagram the artist celebrated the small win. “Coming along, folks … coming along!!!!! New with real representation today … I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED !!!! Thank you to my fans who are supporting me … You have no idea what it means to me be supported by such awesome fans !!!! God bless you all !!!!! Pssss this is me celebrating by horseback riding and doing cartwheels today!!!! #FreeBritney”
The new legal team arrived after Spears’ former and court-appointed lawyer Samuel D. Ingham resigned allegedly after receiving criticism from the artist.
Stay tuned for further developments.