Samuel Ingham, Britney Spears’s court-appointed attorney has asked to resign from the conservatorship that has controlled the pop star’s life for 13 years. The news of his decision comes after Spears was able to speak in front of the court for the first time since the conservatorship began.
Ingham’s resignation also follows the withdrawal of a wealth management firm that was also involved in her conservatorship. The legal arrangement has given Spears’s father and other parties intense authority over her career, finances, personal life/decisions, and medical care since 2008.
Last month when Spears spoke in front of the court she claimed that she wanted the conservatorship terminated, telling the judge that it was abusive and forced her to perform and take medications against her will, as well as controlling her reproductive rights.
The law firm Loeb & Loeb which has been working with Ingham on the case has also announced its intent to resign. Ingham has faced some of the most backlash out of anyone on Spears’s team due to the fact that he wasn’t even the lawyer she wanted to begin with.
The conservatorship in place means that Spears has to let her estate choose her lawyer and any other attorney’s involved in the case. Ingham has made up to $3 million as her lawyer.
Investigative documentaries and articles from the Times and New Yorker have exposed a majority of Spears’s team as being a part of the conservatorship and caused a major wave of public support for Spears and her release.
Spears also claimed that she wasn’t ever made aware that she could petition to terminate her conservatorship despite the fact that Ingham claimed he presented that option to her numerous times; a claim Spears immediately denied during her testimony.
While internal records have already revealed that Spears forcefully complained about the arrangement with a court investigator, Ingham never filed to end the conservatorship. In recent years, however, he has at least filed requests to get Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, removed as a conservator.
Legal experts claim that if Spears is able to hire her own lawyer it could expedite the process to challenge and terminate the conservatorship, however, Ingham’s sudden resignation could mean that her estate will choose another attorney for her, which could bring her back to square one of fighting this arrangement.
Spears’s manager, Larry Rudolph, also announced his resignation this week, in what most spectators are viewing as a last minute attempt from Spears’s team to get out before the full truths of her conservatorship and all those involved are revealed in the court.
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.