- Jamie Spears reportedly filed a petition to end Britney Spears’ conservatorship, reports say.
- Britney’s lawyer calls it a legal victory but said Jamie may be trying to “avoid accountability.”
- Britney has previously told the court she wanted Jamie “charged with conservatorship abuse.”
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After weeks of refusing requests for his immediate resignation, Jamie Spears has reportedly filed a petition to end Britney Spears’ conservatorship.
Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, views this as “another legal victory,” but with a caveat: “This filing represents another legal victory for Britney Spears – a massive one – as well as vindication for Ms. Spears,” Rosengart reportedly said in a statement sent to Variety correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister.
He continued: “It appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath. But as we assess his filing (which was inappropriately sent to the media before it was served on counsel) we will also continue to explore all options.”
Back in July, during the same hearing when the judge ruled that Britney would be able to handpick her own new lawyer (Rosengart), the pop star said she wanted her father “charged with conservatorship abuse.”
Once Rosengart became Britney’s new legal representative, he began making formal requests for Jamie’s immediate removal and replacement as conservator of her financial estate (while maintaining that the current co-conservator, Jodi Montgomery, should remain in place).
On August 12, Jamie Spears’ lawyers filed a response to Rosengart’s formal request that he either immediately resign or be removed from her conservatorship, saying Jamie “intends to work with the court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”
“Mr. Spears continues to serve dutifully, and he should not be suspended or removed, and certainly not based on false allegations,” the August 12 filing from Jamie’s lawyers said. “Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and include a resolution of matters pending before the Court.”
Last week, Rosengart submitted a new petition saying Jamie wanted “to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $US2 ($AU3) million.”
Rosengart’s filing continued: “Mr. Spears has no right to condition his departure on improper and extortionate demands for payment or blanket immunity. Instead, the only honorable, decent, and humane course of action is for Mr. Spears to resign now, provide all necessary information to evaluate his accounting, and, if matters cannot be resolved consensually, to try to defend his accounting.”
Rosengart’s mention of the condition of “blanket immunity” in last week’s filing may be relevant to his new assertions that Jamie “believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice” by bringing the conservatorship to an end instead of resigning from his current co-conservator role.
The next hearing in the conservatorship case is currently scheduled for September 29, at which point the judge was expected to make a ruling on Rosengart’s request for Jamie Spears’ removal. It’s unclear for now if Jamie’s new petition to end the conservatorship will be discussed at that time.
Insider reached out to both Rosengart and representatives for Jamie Spears.