For Britney Spears it is a great victory on her way to a self-determined life: After 13 years, the 39-year-old singer has been freed from her father’s control.
Britney Spears’ father has been deposed as the singer’s guardian by a judge in Los Angeles. According to matching media reports on Wednesday, Judge Brenda Penny complied with a request from the singer’s lawyers at a hearing. “Britney deserves to wake up tomorrow without her father as a guardian,” said attorney Mathew Rosengart in court, as the broadcaster CNN reported.
On behalf of Spears, Rosengart had long been pressing for his father to resign as guardian. At the hearing, he described Jamie Spears as a “cruel, toxic and abusive man”. The court temporarily appointed accountant John Zabel as guardian of the singer’s finances on Wednesday, the New York Times reported. The guardianship regulation remains in place for the time being. According to TMZ.com, the next hearing will take place on November 12th. Then the court could decide on the possible lifting of all conditions, it said.
The 69-year-old has been the guardian of his 39-year-old daughter since 2008 after the singer collapsed mentally due to personal and professional problems. At first he managed the millions of dollars and private concerns of his daughter. In 2019 he stepped down, but remained responsible for finances. Since then, Jodi Montgomery has been responsible for the singer’s personal concerns, including medical issues.
Hundreds of fans gathered in front of the courthouse
The singer was not present at the court hearing on Wednesday. At hearings in June and July, Britney Spears had violently attacked her father in emotional speeches and raised allegations against her family and caregivers. She is controlled by everyone and cannot determine her own life, explained the singer of hits like “Oops! … I Did It Again” or “Baby One More Time”. She has been threatened and is afraid of her father. In places the pop star broke out in sobs.
Hundreds of fans had also gathered in front of the courthouse on Wednesday. With chants and posters they called for freedom for Spears. When the crowd heard of the verdict, there was cheers and applause.
Serious allegations in a new documentary by the “New York Times”
According to a new documentary in the “New York Times”, Spears is said to have been under massive surveillance for years under the tutelage of her father. A listening device was installed in her bedroom and data was copied onto her cell phone, according to the documentary “Controlling Britney Spears”, citing material that had been made available by a former employee of a security company. With “Britney vs. Spears” the streaming service Netflix released another documentary with allegations this week.
The Spears case had already received a lot of attention through the first documentary in the “New York Times” on the subject in the spring. “Framing Britney Spears” sparked heated discussions, especially on social networks. Many celebrities and fans then expressed their support for the singer under the hashtag “#FreeBritney”.