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Celebrities are taking to social media to react to news that Britney Spears’ father is stepping down from her controversial conservatorship.
Jamie Spears agreed to step down on Thursday as her conservator of estate after several months of mounting pressure to do so. In court documents, he said that he is “the unremitting target of unjustified attacks” but stated “he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests.”
In a 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. She 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, forced to take lithium, and 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. Britney was permitted last month to hire her own attorney, Mathew Rosengart, who quickly filed for Jamie’s removal. Britney’s conservator of person, Jodi Montgomery, has also recently stated that she feels it’s in the star’s best interest for her father to step down. Meanwhile, Britney's family has become the target of online hounding by members of the #FreeBritney movement; some vowed to keep bugging her relatives until she is free.
As the news of Jamie's stepping down broke on Thursday, other stars took to social media to react.
“I’m so happy to hear this news,” Paris Hilton tweeted on Thursday. She was often pictured with Britney shortly before the “Toxic” singer’s conservatorship was put in place in 2008. “It’s been so long overdue but I’m so glad that Britney is on her way to finally being free. Sending so much love! #FreeBritney”
“If I was Brit I’d get a forensic accountant,” Cher tweeted. “I couldn’t [be] happier 4 her if I was twins.”
Comedian Dana Goldberg tweeted, “Imma need all the ‘Free Britney’ people to pivot over and convince antivaxxers to get the shots now. You all know how to get s--- done.”
Actor Mira Sorvino told the pop icon, “We are so happy for you.”
Several celebrities congratulated Britney on her Instagram.
Actor Ryan Alessi wrote “FREEDOM FINALLY” in her most recent post.
“We love you so much,” chef Andy Baraghani commented. “You deserve the world and more.”
The next hearing on Britney's conservatorship is scheduled for September.
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