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Britney Spears says her father is trying to secure $2 million in payments before stepping down from his role in her controversial conservatorship, describing the move as "extortion."
Spears' lawyer Mathew Rosengart filed paperwork in Los Angeles County Court on Monday claiming that Jamie Spears, 68, is attempting to bully his pop icon daughter into paying him millions in return for quitting his role as her controller of finances.
“Britney Spears will not be extorted,” the filing states, according to the Associated Press. “Mr. Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms. Spears’s estate by Mr. Spears and his associates, is a non-starter.”
He added, according to Page Six, “Britney Spears will not be bullied or extorted by her father. Nor does Mr. Spears have the right to try to hold his daughter hostage by setting the terms of his removal.”
A representative for Jamie has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
While Jamie announced last month that he will step down from the conservatorship, he has not yet said when. Instead, he said his departure will happen after certain conservatorship issues, including accounting, are wrapped up.
Rosengart, whom Spears hired herself earlier this year, wants Jamie out as soon as possible.
“The only question before the Court — which has, unfortunately, been lost for years — is whether Mr. Spears’ prompt suspension and removal are in best the interests of Britney Spears,” his filing states, adding, “the unequivocal answer is yes.”
In a now-famous June hearing, Britney alleged to a judge that her father had abused the conservatorship arrangement, even going so far as to say he should be in jail. The 39-year-old “I’m a Slave 4 U” singer said that at one point during the 13 years since the conservatorship had been established, she had been held in a psychiatric hold against her will, while her family did nothing. She also alleged that she was forced to perform against her will, take lithium, and was told she cannot get her IUD removed.
Since that hearing, the pressure for Jamie began to mount both on social media and in the courtroom. After Britney was permitted in July to finally hire her own attorney, Rosengart quickly filed for Jamie’s removal.
The conservatorship was instituted by a court in 2008 not long after Britney endured what appeared to be a mental health crisis that played out in the tabloids. Jamie controlled most of the conservatorship but stepped down as Britney’s conservator of person in 2019. For the past two years he has controlled just her finances.
Rosengart’s motion states that Jamie should be forced by the court to forfeit control of her finances at a Sept. 29 hearing.
“The world heard Ms. Spears’s courageous and compelling testimony,” he stated in the motion, according to Page Six. “Britney Spears’s life matters. Her well-being matters. Every day matters. There is no basis to wait.”
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