Britney Spears has expressed to US courts she wants to charge her father for abuse over her conservatorship.
The Independent reported that star has stated: “I would like to charge my father with conservatorship abuse… I want to press charges against my father today. I want an investigation into my dad”.
Her speech followed the decision of the US courts to allow the icon to have her own chosen lawyer – a decision that is a milestone for Spears as her conservatorship limits her control over what she can do, and her decisions.
Britney’s previous lawyer, Samuel Ingham, was appointed by her father due to the conservatorship. Nevertheless, he has requested to step down as soon as the star can appoint her lawyer. This has now been officially approved.
The Independent claims that Matthew Rosengart – “a former federal prosecutor… who now works for a top-tier Hollywood law firm” – has been asked to represent Spears, and her legal counsel in court.
In addition to the milestone for her, Britney posted a video of herself having fun on Instagram, which she and her model and fitness trainer boyfriend Sam Asghari commented “#freebritney”. This is the hashtag used for a campaign – created by her own fans – in order to help her be released from the conservatorship.
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This is the first time she has acknowledged the campaign.
A-listers such as Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Miley Cyrus have all been vocal about her conservatorship, each expressing for her to be released.
Spears was appointed the conservatorship after her public breakdown due to her constant harassment from the media and the public 13 years ago in 2008.
Her father Jamie Spears was granted conservator, meaning he has full control of the star’s financial affairs.
The Los Angeles Times reports that her dad “has the power to negotiate business opportunities, sell her property and restrict her visitors. He can file for restraining orders against those he believes threaten his daughter’s stability”.
The BBC reported that if the court rules in Britney’s favour that her father has abused her relating to the conservatorship, then her father could be “removed/suspended and may face financial penalties such as reimbursement payments and legal costs”.
Read more about Britney and her conservatorship here.
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