Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has agreed to step down as her conservator after 13 years and a contentious legal battle.
The star’s legal team said, “We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others.”
Legal documents obtained by Fox News read, “The mandate for this Court, as it is for Mr. Spears, is to act in the best interests of the Conservatee, Ms. Spears. In order to do so, the Court must have accurate and substantiated facts upon which it can rule. Mr. Spears will do his best to provide the factual basis that this Court needs and to cooperate in the transition to a new conservator.”
Spears sued her father, Jamie, for “conservatorship abuse” over the last 13 years. Spears, 39, was placed under the care of conservatorship in 2008 after a series of public trials that included being taken to hospital amid concerns for her mental health.
Court-appointed attorney Samuel D. Ingham III has handled her case since 2008, making little progress in the star’s struggle for freedom. According to Spears, her attorney never told her she had the right to legally fight against the conservatorship. Ingham was replaced by Spears’ pick: Mathew S. Rosengart.
Rosengart is a popular Hollywood lawyer and a former federal prosecutor, previously serving as a Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney and Justice Department Trial Attorney. Fellow celebrities shared their support after the announcement, in a Tweet, Paris Hilton said, “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!”
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