Britney Spears might be able to rest a little easier tonight. The mega pop star who many thought had the perfect life has been revealed to have anything but over the past year.
Jamie Spears has been in control of Spears’ finances since 2008 after she underwent series of involuntary holds following a public spectacle.
Spears has many reasons to rejoice after she secured a huge win in her ongoing quest to dissolve her 13-year conservatorship as the court ruled her father Jamie P. Spears is to be suspended at once.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny on Wednesday agreed with a petition from Spears and her lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, that James Spears needs to give up his role as conservator.
“The current situation is not tenable. It reflects a toxic environment which requires the suspension of Jamie Spears effective today,” Penny said during a court hearing.
The move is a crucial victory for the pop star, who pleaded in dramatic hearings in June and July that her father needed to be cut out.
John Zabel, an accountant, will temporarily replace Spears’ father in the role of conservator of her estate, meaning he will now control all of her financial decisions until next steps are determined. Spears’ conservator of her person, Jodi Montgomery, who manages her day-to-day wellbeing and medical decisions, still remains on the case.
The case has also shed light on the overall conservatorship system, posing questions on the laws and rights of conservatees, like Spears.
On June 23, the pop star gave a blistering testimony, marking the first time she publicly addressed the court in her 13-year conservatorship, though she had given private testimony in 2019, which the singer has described as being ignored. During her 24-minute statement in June, Spears told the judge her conservatorship was “abusive” and asked for it to be terminated without further evaluation.
Despite fighting words from the singer and her attorney, plus various allegations unearthed through the documentaries, Spears’ father has repeatedly denied all allegations of wrongdoing and has maintained that he is solely looking out for the best interest of his daughter.