A judge has denied Britney Spears’ request to remove her father from his role of overseeing his guardianship, a court file reveals.
The singer’s attorney, Samuel Ingham, asked a Los Angeles court to remove Jamie Spears from his position as administrator of the multi-million dollar property.
When she called for the removal of Jamie Spears in November last year, Ingham said the 39-year-old Spears was afraid of her father and wanted him to leave the conservatorship that she says has controlled her life since 2008.
In court filings, Britney Spears said she wanted the private wealth management firm Bessemer Trust to be named an “exclusive conservator.”
However, documents filed in Los Angeles show that Judge Brenda Penny rejected the request while confirming the Bessemer Trust’s role as co-conservator of the estate.
The legal document states: “The conservatee’s request to suspend James P Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company Of California, NA as sole conservator of the estate is denied without prejudice.”
The presentation was dated June 30, a week after the pop superstar delivered dramatic testimony calling for an end to the guardianship.
She was placed under the complex legal arrangement, generally reserved for the very old and infirm, after suffering a series of mental crises.
Spears told a court on June 23 that the guardianship was “abusive” and that she wanted it to end without the need for a medical evaluation. She said that she was forced to work against her will and that the guardianship prevented her from removing a contraceptive device to try to have another child.
Earlier, Jamie Spears, 68, filed his own court papers, denying that he was responsible for the seemingly imposed restrictions on his daughter’s private life.
He has overseen his estate for 13 years, but has not been in charge of his personal affairs since September 2019, when he resigned from that position due to health concerns.
He was temporarily replaced as curator by Jodi Montgomery, Britney Spears’ caretaker.
In a court filing, attorneys for Jamie Spears said they were “concerned” by Ingham’s request to make Montgomery’s position permanent.
It read: “Based on his statements in court, Mr. Spears is concerned that the petition to appoint Jodi Montgomery by Ms. Spears’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel D Ingham III, does not reflect his wishes. .
“Ms. Spears told the court on June 23 that she opposes being a ward and disclosed her ongoing disputes with Ms. Montgomery about her medical treatment and other personal care issues.”
Montgomery attorney Lauriann Wright issued a statement in response: “I can unequivocally affirm that Jodi Montgomery has been a tireless advocate for Britney and her well-being.
“While she does not control Britney’s financial assets, she is responsible for her personal care, and if Britney wants a problem to come to court, Ms. Montgomery is always ready, willing and able to do so.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism