- Britney Spears’ father, Jamie, said in a court filing he has no control over her “personal affairs.”
- On June 23, Spears alleged in court testimony that she has an abusive relationship with Jamie.
- Jamie said in Tuesday’s filing that he loves his daughter “unconditionally.”
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Britney Spears’ father, Jamie, said in a new court filing that he has no control over the pop star’s “personal affairs” less than a week after she delivered an explosive testimony, asking to end her “abusive” 13-year conservatorship.
Jamie gained control of Spears’ estate, business decisions, and many parts of her personal life when her conservatorship was approved in Los Angeles in 2008 after the popstar experienced a series of public mental-health crises. Through a number of changes over the past decade, he’s a coconservator alongside Jodi Montgomery and a third-party financial company, Bessemer Trust.
Responding to Spears’ bombshell allegations at a June 23 conservatorship hearing (including that she wasn’t being allowed to have more children under the conservatorship), Jamie’s attorneys argued in court documents filed in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, obtained by Insider, that he has no involvement in Spears’ “current medical treatment” and her “personal affairs.”
Instead, Jamie’s legal team pointed to Montgomery and Spears’ attorney Samuel D. Ingham, III, saying that Jamie stopped making decisions related to his daughter’s “personal affairs” after Montgomery signed on as a temporary conservator in September 2019.
The filing said that Jamie “is concerned about the management and care of his daughter” after hearing Spears’ court testimony where she said she has very little freedom over her life, including being forced to have an IUD (a highly effective intrauterine contraceptive) against her wishes.
“Ms. Montgomery has been fully in charge of Ms. Spears’ day-to-day personal care and medical treatment,” reads Tuesday’s court document. “Ms. Montgomery has made such decisions regarding Ms. Spears’ personal care and medical treatment in consultations with Mr. Ingham – and which consultations specifically excluded Mr. Spears.”
When reached by Insider, a representative for Montogomery countered Jamie’s claims and said over email that Montgomery has been a “tireless advocate” for Spears since she became the pop star’s coconservator.
“Britney’s choice to marry and to start a family have never been impacted by the conservatorship while Ms. Montgomery has been conservator,” the email statement said in part.
Ingham didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Jamie said in the court filing that he loves Spears ‘unconditionally’
After Spears’ moving testimony became public last week, Jamie has received considerable backlash on social media for his alleged control over his daughter’s life.
In response to this criticism, Jamie’s attorneys wrote in Tuesday’s court filing that Jamie is “unable to hear and address his daughter’s concerns directly because he has been cut-off from communicating with her.”
“When Mr. Spears did serve as Conservator of the Person, he did everything in his power to support and care for Ms. Spears’ well-being and her personal decisions including marriage,” the filing said.
It added that when Jamie was a conservator of his daughter’s person, he “never prevented Ms. Spears from getting married” and noted that during the time he served that role she actually “was engaged to be married,” seemingly referencing Spears’ ex-fiancé Jason Trawick. After dating for two years, Trawick and Spears became engaged in 2011.
In an apparent contradiction to Tuesday’s court filing, a June New York Times report said Spears had repeatedly spoken out against Jamie’s “controlling” behavior since at least 2014.
According to the Times report, which cited records the publication obtained, Spears said in 2016 that “she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her” and said again three years later that she was “afraid” of her father.
She had previously asked a court to end the conservatorship at a hearing in May 2019, but her request was denied.