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Britney Spears celebrates, judge rules the singer can select her own attorney
Britney Spears found her freedom after the judge ruled that she can select her own attorney for the conservatorship case. She took to twitter to share her joy by posting a video “celebrating by horseback riding and doing cartwheels today.”
The singer broke down during the emotional hearing and pleaded for her father to be removed from the case. “I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” Britney Spears told the court hearing in Los Angeles. She also wants an investigation into her father – Jamie Spears, and a restraining order issued against him. Last month, the singer told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny that her conservatorship is “abusive” and she wanted to choose her own attorney to help bring the nearly 13-year arrangement to an end.
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 !!!!! pic.twitter.com/27yexZ5O8J
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) July 15, 2021
Samuel D. Ingham submitted his petition to resign last week after Britney Spears criticized his representation. The judge also accepted the resignation of Bessemer Trust, a wealth management firm that had been appointed co-conservator of the singer’s estate. The singer told the court she was not willing to be evaluated to remove her father from the conservatorship, saying she has “serious abandonment issues”.
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Rosengar, a former federal prosecutor and veteran entertainment litigator speaking publicly on the singer’s behalf for the first time, urged Jamie Spears to voluntarily step down conservator. “It is in best interest of the conservatee. 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.” Rosengar praised the popstar’s courage, passion and humanity in speaking out, calling her testimony clear, lucid, powerful and compelling. He said he plans to take a deeper look into what has transpired under the conservatorship. “My firm and I will be taking a top to bottom look at what’s happened over the past decade.”
Fellow singers like Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Madonna have been supporting Britney’s fight. Fans have also launched a #FreeBritney movement, which has included a bipartisan effort from various lawmakers including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Ted Cruz.
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