Britney Spears has officially filed a petition to remove her father Jamie Spears as conservator of her estate with a proposed replacement as she continues to fight to end the controversial conservatorship.
The American singer, 39, has been under the conservatorship since 2008, when concerns over her mental health prompted her father to petition the court for legal authority over his daughter’s life. Licensed care manager Jodi Montgomery currently controls her personal affairs.
On Monday, her legal team filed a petition to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as the conservator of her estate, marking another step in the legal battle over control of her life and finances.
In the filings, which ask the court to appoint a neutral professional as the new conservator, Britney Spears’ team argues that the current situation is “traumatizing, insane, and depressing” for the pop star.
The legal filing only asks that Jamie be replaced with a professional fiduciary, and does not aim to end the conservatorship as a whole though the documents note that Britney Spears may ask to end the conservatorship at a later date.
Britney Spears’ legal team alleges in the filing that Jamie Spears has improperly used the singer’s money to enrich himself, including by taking a percentage of her performance revenue that amounts to more than $2 million.
The filing also repeats allegations from Britney Spears’ explosive June 23 testimony that she was drugged after refusing to perform.
“Ms. Spears has perceived and described the status quo as traumatizing, insane, and depressing,” the filing states. “Regardless of whether Mr. Spears contests his daughter’s testimony and perception of the status quo, Ms. Spears’s testimony is genuine and makes clear that Mr. Spears’s continued presence as conservator is not in her best interests.”
“Mr. Spears’s attorney has publicly stated that Mr. Spears loves his daughter and wants the best for her,” the filing added. “Taking that at face value, and given all the foregoing, this Petition should not even be necessary, because Mr. Spears should resign voluntarily.”
This filing is the first to come from Britney Spears’ new attorney, who was hired after a judge allowed her to choose her own lawyer in mid-July.