Britney Spears Files Lawsuit Against DadJuly 29, 2021
On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Britney Spears appeared via telephone in front of Superior Court Judge Brenda J. Penny to argue that her father Jamie had committed conservatorship abuse. The judge allowed Britney to change her lawyer as she appointed Mathew S. Rosengart as her new counsel.
In addition to Penny, Britney’s mother appeared remotely at the hearing and Jodi Montgomery, who had filled in as conservator since Jamie abandoned the job in 2019. Bessemer Trust also stepped aside as co-conservator.
During the hearing, Britney indicated that she had always been scared of her dad as a child. Britney, who is 38 years old, has been in conservatorship for more than 13 years because of mental health challenges.
The singer first appeared in court on June 23, 2021, when she made some startling statements. She outlined how her dad made her attend costly therapy sessions and that the therapist had changed her medicine. Britney also contends that she was depressed despite her outward appearance.
After she felt that the court did not hear her in June and with support from Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, Britney took to social media to share about her situation. She said that she used her social media as a way to escape from reality. She also asked her followers to forgive her for not letting them know what was going on.
On June 30, Penny officially denied Britney’s request to be removed from conservatorship. Her father said that he was very concerned about his daughter’s physical and mental health. During that hearing, Penny appointed Bessemer Trust to act as a co-conservator, but they asked to be removed one day later.
On July 5, 2021, Britney’s manager Larry Rudolph resigned. He had been Britney’s manager since 1995, but he says he had not had any contact with Britney for the last 2.5 years. He said that he would be happy to return to that position if Britney decided she wanted to go back to work.
On July 6, Samuel D. Ingraham III asked to be replaced as Britney’s lawyer. Jodi Montgomery requested the court appoint her as Guardian ad Litem over Spear’s affairs and pay for her to be protected by security detail.
This case is likely to return to court again very soon.