Britney Spears' Father Has Been Suspended As Her Conservator

September 30, 2021

Britney Spears said she is "on cloud nine right now" after a judge ruled that her father will be suspended as her conservator.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny was given the option of terminating the conservatorship Wednesday, keeping it in place and simply replacing Jamie Spears or denying both rulings and maintaining the status quo.

A hearing to review the suspension and a petition to end the conservatorship is set for Nov. 12.

Britney's lawyer Mathew Rosengart told reporters and fans after the hearing that the ruling was a "substantial step toward [Britney Spears'] freedom."

"The goal today was to suspend Jamie Spears. That's what today was about," Rosengart said. "And that's what happened in court today. We expect the ultimate termination will be, as I said in my filing earlier this week, this fall. Specifically by Nov. 12, which is the next hearing date."

Rosengart credited the #FreeBritney movement as "instrumental" in the ruling. Fans and celebrities have shown their support for Britney using the hashtag.

"This will be the start of a new life Brit," wrote Cher on Twitter.

"BritneySpears is free. Congratulations to everyone who helped bring this about, especially Britney, who, after 13 years in the wilderness, never gave up until she was finally heard," wrote Bette Midler.

Jamie Spears has been in charge of his daughter's estate since 2008 when he asked the court to place her in a conservatorship.

Rosengart has accused Jamie Spears of mismanaging his daughter's finances, profiting from the conservatorship and using Britney Spears' estate to pay to rehabilitate his public image.

Britney addressed the court in June, alleging that she had been forced to take medication she didn't want to take and that she felt her former psychiatrist was abusive in his treatment of her. She also accused her family of having done little to help or support her, accusing her father of enjoying his power over her and restricting access to her children as a means of coercion.

"I haven't done anything in the world to deserve this treatment," she said. "It's not okay to force me to do anything I don't want to do."

Supporters outside the LA courtroom "celebrated wildly" when the news broke, the Press Association said.

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