- Britney Spears’ dad Jamie filed a petition to end her conservatorship, NBC and CNN reported Tuesday.
- Spears has been requesting her dad’s immediate resignation from the legal arrangement to no avail.
- Jamie said he’d eventually step down, but now says the court should end the conservatorship instead.
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According to reports, Jamie Spears’ legal team filed a petition to end the conservatorship, saying that Britney, “is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.”
Jamie Spears has placed Britney Spears under a tightly-controlled and allegedly abusive conservatorship since 2008, controlling many aspects of her life.
In late July, Britney’s legal team filed a motion to remove Jamie as a co-conservator, allowing the other co-conservator, Jodi Montgomery, to remain. The judge overseeing the pop star’s case scheduled a hearing for September 29.
Throughout August, there were back-and-forth filings between Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart and Jamie’s lawyers.
“Although a two-month wait for a hearing on the Petition may not seem significant in the context of 13 years, Ms. Spears should not be forced to continue to feel traumatized, lose sleep, and suffer further,” Rosengart wrote in an August 5 filing. “Every day matters.”
A week later, on August 12, Jamie’s legal team submitted a court filing that said he’d step down as co-conservator once a transition plan was in place.
Last Wednesday, Rosengart submitted yet another filing to the court that said Jamie’s refusal to immediately resign is unacceptable. Rosengart’s filing said Jamie wanted “to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $US2 ($AU3) million.”
So the new filing from Jamie, obtained by CNN, is an unexpected development in the series of events.
“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the new filing from Jamie reportedly says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
None of Rosengart’s filings on behalf of Britney so far have made a request from the judge for termination of the conservatorship altogether – they only (so far) have wanted “prompt suspension and removal” of Jamie Spears. Britney has verbally stated that she wishes for the entire conservatorship to end, but those statements were not formal court filings.
Mathew Rosengart did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.
The next hearing in the conservatorship case is still currently scheduled for September 29.