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Conservators Jodi Montgomery and Jamie Spears have responded to Britney Spears’ claims made during her explosive testimony last week, disputing some of her allegations and insisting they be investigated.
Britney Spears told a judge that she wanted out of her conservatorship during an eye-opening hearing last week in which the pop icon spoke out publicly for the first time on the issue. The 39-year-old claimed that since the conservatorship was put into place 13 years ago, she has been forced to work and perform against her will while ill, checked into a mental health facility as punishment for not wanting to do a specific dance move, and forced to take lithium. She said she is not allowed to marry her partner or have another child, claiming her conservators won’t allow her to have her IUD removed. Furthermore, she said she doesn’t have access to her own money.
The conservators are now responding to the testimony, which has shocked the world.
“Britney’s choice to marry and to start a family [has] never been impacted by the conservatorship while Ms. Montgomery has been conservator of the person,” Jodi Montgomery’s lawyer, LaurieAnn Wright, said in a statement provided to Oxygen.com.
Wright added that the “Overprotected” singer’s “family planning” is “unaffected” by the conservatorship under Probate Code.
“I can state unequivocally that Jodi Montgomery has been a tireless advocate for Britney and for her well-being,” Wright said. “While she does not control Britney’s financial assets, she is responsible for her personal care, and if Britney wants any issue brought up to the Court, Ms. Montgomery is and has always been ready, willing, and able to do so.”
Montgomery temporarily took over the conservatorship in 2019 as Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, dealt with health problems. Britney asked for both her and the financial company Bessemer Trust to replace her father as overseer of her finances in 2020.
Britney’s conservatorship was instituted by a court in 2008 not long after she endured what appeared to be a public mental health crisis. Under it, Jamie Spears began playing a key role in Britney's finances, business dealings and other legal matters. Court documents obtained by the New York Times last week showed that Britney raised questions about the arrangement, and her father's fitness to oversee it, for years.
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 her spearheading of an enormously successful multi-year Las Vegas residency, had fans crying foul at the constraints she's been placed under for years. Spears compared her seven-day work schedule with no days off to “sex trafficking” last week.
Wright claims that Montgomery has made efforts to work with the pop icon so that she can terminate the conservatorship.
“From the very beginning of her appointment in September 2019, Ms. Montgomery and the medical team that she assembled have had one primary goal — to assist and encourage Britney in her path to no longer needing a conservatorship of the person,” Wright stated.
Meanwhile, Jamie Spears has filed documents asking for the court overseeing the conservatorship to investigate the star’s allegations, the Associated Press reports. He emphasized that he has not had power over his daughter’s personal affairs for nearly two years.
“Given the nature of the allegations and claims, it is critical that the court confirm whether or not Ms. Spears’ testimony was accurate in order to determine what corrective actions, if any, need to be taken,” the documents state.
The filing wants the court to investigate the “serious allegations regarding forced labor, forced medical treatment and therapy, improper medical care, and limitations on personal rights.”
During Britney’s speech last week, she said she thinks that her father should be "in jail."
"All I want is to own my money and for my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his car,” Britney said, calling the conservatorship “abusive” and “controlling.” “I want to sue my family."
Jamie also criticized his daughter's attorney Samuel L. Ingham III in the filing, claiming that the lawyer wrongly filed documents claiming Britney did not have the capacity to consent to medical treatment.
“Either the allegations will be shown to be true, in which case corrective action will be taken or they will be shown to be false, in which case the conservatorship can continue its course,” Jamie’s filings states. “It is not acceptable for the Conservators or the Court to do nothing.”
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