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The father of pop icon Britney Spears has filed a petition to end her controversial conservatorship.
Jamie Spears, 68, who is the conservator of the 39-year-old star’s estate, filed a petition to terminate the arrangement on Tuesday, CNN reports. In doing so, he cited his daughter’s recent pleas to be released as the reason.
"Recent events related to this conservatorship have called into question whether circumstances have changed to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist," the filing states.
The document also states, according to CNN, that Britney “has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship.”
It specifies that Britney wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, therapy, money, romantic relationship and family planning.
“In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding," it states.
Britney’s attorney Mathew Rosengart, whom she hired herself following her now-famous June hearing, has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. He called Tuesday's filing "vindication” in a statement to CNN.
"This filing represents another legal victory for Britney Spears -- a massive one -- as well as vindication for Ms. Spears," Rosengart stated.
However, the attorney seems to suggest that the filing could also be a path to avoid potential legal issues stemming from Britney's efforts to counter her father's control.
"It appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath,” his statement states.
He notes that he and his client will "continue to explore all options."
Jamie announced last month that he will step down from the conservatorship but only after certain conservatorship issues, including accounting, are wrapped up. Rosengart filed paperwork last week claiming that Jamie wanted his daughter to pay him millions in return for quitting his role as overseer of her finances.
Britney has accused her father of conservatorship abuse and even said he should be in jail. In June, she told a judge 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.
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