Britney Spears told a US judge yesterday that she would like her father, James Parnell Spears, to be charged with “conservatorship abuse”.
Since 2008, one year after her public breakdown, Britney’s father has had the right to control most facets of her life, but it seems Britney signed agreements under duress and without absolute understanding of what they would entail.
When someone is placed under a conservatorship, it is due to the belief they do not have the physical or mental capacity to look after themselves. Usually, conservatorships are enacted for people with mental disabilities or dementia.
Almost a decade and a half on, Britney still isn’t allowed to drive, vote, or access her own money. Speaking of which, her dad is getting a massive percentage of her profits. Indeed, a conservator has total control not only over a subject’s finances but their everyday choices, including their appearance and even their romantic life.
Britney, now aged 39, says she has been the victim of guardianship abuse. “This conservatorship has allowed my dad to ruin my life,” said the singer, adding, “I’m here to get rid of my dad.”
Spears also reiterated some of the claims she had made during her June 23rd hearing, saying she has been forced to work 70 hours per week and was often locked up. She once said about conversations with her father: “I cried on the phone for an hour, and he loved every minute of it; the control he had over someone as powerful as me… He loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000 per cent.”
Now Britney is saying about her father and his lawyers: “Their goal was to make me feel crazy, and I’m not. And that is not ok.”
During the hearing, Judge Brenda Penny approved Britney’s request to appoint her own attorney. She has replaced her old lawyer with former federal prosecutor Matthew Rosengart.
Rosengart has previously represented Sean Penn, Winona Ryder, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Keanu Reeves.