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Britney Spears 'Wants To Address The Court Directly,' Will Speak At Conservatorship Hearing in June
Britney Spears is seeking an opportunity to address the controversial legal arrangement she's operated under since 2008.
Britney Spears will be speaking directly to the court during an upcoming hearing regarding her controversial conservatorship.
The pop icon’s attorney Samuel D. Ingham III made the announcement in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, stating "Britney wants to address the court directly,” CNN reports.
The hearing is scheduled for June 23. It is expected that she will be talking about the status of the conservatorship.
The 39-year-old singer is currently under the legal conservatorship, largely maintained by her father Jamie Spears. A court instituted the arrangement in 2008, not long after Spears endured what appeared to be a very public mental health crisis. Under it, Jamie Spears plays a key role in Britney's finances, business dealings and other legal matters.
Conservatorships are typically employed for people who are deemed unable to make key decisions for themselves, yet the fact that Britney has never really stopped working, including spearheading an enormously successful multi-year Las Vegas residency, has fans crying foul at the constraints she's been placed under. That's led to the "#FreeBritney" movement, which has become increasingly critical of Jamie Spears' role in his daughter's life. The conservatorship was further scrutinized with the release of New York Times’ documentary “Framing Britney” earlier this year.
Ingham filed a motion to officially remove Jamie Spears as conservator in August.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” the lawyer told a judge last November, the Associated Press reported. In February, the judge granted a third party financial institution, Bessemer Trust, an equal share of control over her finances as Jamie Spears.
Jamie Spears’ attorney Vivian Thoreen told CNN earlier this year that her client “would love nothing more than to see Britney not need a conservatorship. Whether or not there is an end to the conservatorship really depends on Britney. If she wants to end her conservatorship, she can file a petition to end it."
However, in “Framing Britney,” Thoreen acknowledged that she has never been involved in a case in which the subject of a conservatorship has successfully terminated one.
Spears announced that she cried for two weeks and was “embarrassed” after watching a portion of the documentary about her conservatorship in March. Despite that insight, she has publicly remained mostly tight-lipped about the conservatorship.
Last week, Spears' mom Lynne filed legal papers objecting to $890,000 in legal fees charged by Jamie’s attorneys. As a result, his attorneys made a court filing on Monday, obtained by Oxygen.com, stating that "Lynne Spears is not acting in the best interests" of Britney.
They accused her of exploiting her "daughter’s pain and trauma for personal profit by publishing a book" about Britney, referring to 2008 memoir, “Through The Storm,” which divulged personal secrets about Britney's past.