Today Jamie Spears has agreed to step down as Britney Spears’ co-conservator after 13 years at the helm of the singer’s assets and financial decisions. Mr. Spears and his lawyer reportedly filed legal documents to the Los Angeles Superior Court overnight to relinquish control, according to paperwork obtained by TMZ.
He does so, despite what he believe is his daughter’s best interests.
“There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate … and it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests,” the court documents read.
“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests.
“So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new lawyer to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.
“Regardless of his formal title, Mr. Spears will always be Ms. Spears’ father, he will always love her unconditionally, and he will always look out for her best interests.”
It comes after the months-long court battle with the pop star where Ms. Spears recently asked the court to charge her father with conservatorship abuse. Ms. Spear’s newly-appointed lawyer Mathew Rosengart is “pleased” by the result but disappointed by the drawn-out process.
“We are pleased but not necessarily surprised that Mr. Spears and his lawyer finally recognise that he must be removed. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others,” Rosengart told the publication. “We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’s sworn deposition in the near future.”
“In the interim, rather than making false accusations and taking cheap shots at his own daughter, Mr. Spears should step aside immediately.”
In late-June, Spears publicly spoke on the conservatorship for the first time and detailed the abusive treatment which included being forced to take lithium and denied the right to remove her birth control. While we’ve been privy to these details over just a few months, new evidence allegedly suggests the singer has been fighting to end the conservatorship for more than a decade.
This is a huge win for the #FreeBritney movement. But it’s certainly not over yet. Stay tuned.