Jamie Spears was instrumental in developing the hotly debated legal arrangement that handed him and other conservators full control over his pop star daughter’s personal and professional decisions in 2008.
In the filing NBC News and CNN obtained, Jamie Spears said he supports his daughter’s wishes to end the conservatorship.
“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the petition with Los Angeles Superior Court reads. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
Britney Spears singled out her father during her bombshell court testimony in June, saying she believed he belonged in jail for his treatment of her. She alleged that he forced her to perform against her will, oversaw her forced use of birth control and greatly restricted all of her daily activities.
Britney Spears’ legal team previously filed a petition with the court asking to remove her father as a conservator, and Jamie Spears later indicated he intended to step down.
In Tuesday’s petition, the elder Spears referenced several of his daughter’s demands.
“Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship,” the filing reads. “She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding.”
Jamie Spears raked in millions through his salary as one of his daughter’s conservators, Britney Spears’ lawyers say. Though a professional conservator, Jodi Montgomery, became the conservator of the pop star’s person in 2019, her father continued as conservator of her estate.
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