Los Angeles Judge Allows Britney Spears to Hire Own Attorney in Conservatorship CaseJuly 23, 2021
Earlier this week, Los Angeles Judge Brenda Penny granted pop star Britney Spears’ request to hire her own lawyer in her conservatorship case. Since 2008, Spears has been represented by Samuel Ingraham III, a court-appointed attorney. Spears will now be represented by Matthew S. Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor and attorney that specializes in cases involving celebrities. Spears has been the subject of much talk in social media circles following her recent accusations of abuse by her conservator and father Jamie P. Spears. Jamie Spears was granted conservatorship over his daughter and her millions of dollars in assets since her very public mental breakdown 13 years ago.
Judge Penny’s decision was met with cheers by a crowd that assembled outside of the courthouse. Soon after the hearing, Rosengart spoke with journalists and encouraged Jamie Spears to resign as conservator as it is in the best interests of his client. Rosengart further promised to aggressively defend Spears’ interests in the case. Appearing by videocall, Spears once again made an emotional appeal to the judge. With tears in her eyes, Spears accused her father of cruelty and said that the conservatorship arrangement granted by the court in 2008 has ruined her life. Spears also stated her unwillingness to undergo further psychological evaluations in her statement to the court and recommended that her father be charged with conservatorship abuse. While Jamie Spears has not commented on the case, his attorney said that calls for his client to resign as conservator over Ms. Spears were inappropriate.
Spears’ relationship with her father has been strained for many years. In a hearing last month, Spears accused her father of making her work long hours and forcing her to remain on birth control despite her express desire to start a family. Jodi Montgomery, Spears’ personal conservator who has been working with the pop star since 2019 to form a comprehensive care plan, has also been vocal in her criticism of Jamie Spears. In a court filing, attorneys for Montgomery recommended that Jamie Spears be removed as conservator, pointing out that Jamie has already used $2 million of his daughter’s own money in a legal fight against her. According to California law, the conservatee is responsible for legal fees for both sides of the case. Legal analysts say that in addition to shedding light on Spears’ plight, the case highlights the need to reform conservatorship arrangements in both