The attorney requested that the judge who is overseeing her court ordered conservatorship remove her father, Jamie Spears, as the conservator of her person and permanently replace him with Jodi Montgomery. This request came in from a petition filed by Samuel D. Ingham III in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Jamie Spears has been Britney’s conservator of both her person and estate since 2008. Montgomery has served as the singer’s temporary conservator ever since Jamie stepped aside due to health issues in 2019. In the filing, Ingham cites an order that was filed in October 2014 that determined Britney Spears “had an incapacity to consent to any form of medical treatment,” and that was the cause for Montgomery to take over.
The filing asked that “along with overseeing Spears’ medical decisions, Montgomery be able to restrict and limit visitors by any means, except from meeting with Ingham. It also asks that Montgomery be able to retain caretakers and security guards for Spears.”
After a series of personal issues that played out publicly for Britney back in 2008, her father and attorney Andrew Wallet became conservator’s of her estate and personal life. In 2019 Wallet resigned giving Jamie total control over the singer and her $60 million estate. Ingham initially filed to remove him as sole conservator back in August 2020.
Jamie Spears claimed he has not talked to his daughter since Inghams filing, and back in December told the media that he loves Britney and missed her very much. “When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up, as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect, and continue to love Britney unconditionally. I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her or my family.
Jamie Spears’ attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, told CNN last month that “Jamie would love nothing more than to see Britney not need a conservatorship. Whether or not there is an end to the conservatorship really depends on Britney. If she wants to end her conservatorship, she can file a petition to end it.”
The New York Times documentary, “Framing Britney Spears” caused interest in Britney’s career and conservatorship case to skyrocket within the past year, leading to a massive increase in the #FreeBritney movement.
Britney has not commented once publicly regarding the ongoing conservatorship battle, and instead responded to recent speculation that she wouldn’t ever perform again.
“I’ll always love being on stage. But I am taking the time to learn and be a normal person ….. I love simply enjoying the basics of every day life !!!! Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories !!!! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives. Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person’s life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens,” she wrote on Instagram in February.
The next court hearing is currently scheduled for April 27th.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at email@example.com.