Britney Spears is “afraid” of her father Jamie and refuses to perform so long as he continues to have control of her career.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” Britney Spears’ attorney Samuel D. Ingham III said Tuesday in a Los Angeles court hearing related to Spears’ conservatorship case, according to The Associated Press. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”
Despite that bombshell, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend Spears père, though she said she would hear future arguments for his suspension or removal, which Ingham said were forthcoming.
“I don’t believe there is a shred of evidence to support my client’s suspension,” Jamie’s attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen said, describing Ingham’s statements about Britney and Jamie’s relationship as inadmissible hearsay.
Judge Penny did, however, rubber-stamp corporate fiduciary Bessemer Trust’s role as co-conservator at Spears’ request; Britney’s team alleges that Jamie “had no intention of working with” with Bessemer, per the AP. At one point, Ingham described Spears, 38, as a “high-functioning conservatee,” and added that she has not spoken to her father in a long time, though Thoreen blamed that on Ingham.
Britney’s mother, James’ ex-wife Lynne, made a statement through her attorney calling the relationship between her daughter and her ex-husband toxic.
“It has broken Lynne’s heart that things have come to this point,” the statement via attorney Gladstone N. Jones, said.
“Contentiousness is not uncommon in families,” the statement continued, “but this is not a usual family.”
Spears has been under a conservatorship since her legendarily bad 2007, which included her days-long marriage to a childhood friend, Jason Alexander (who came out to support her this summer). In August, Jamie told The Post he’s never been motivated by anything other than Spears’ best interests.
Despite the increasingly heated legal battle over Spears’ conservatorship — and the attendant social media movement, #FreeBritney — the singer has maintained an incongruously cheery presence on social media.
“I know that there have been a lot of comments and a lot of people saying a lot of different things about me,” she said on Instagram Nov. 2. “But I just want to let you guys know that I am fine. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life and I’m sending all of you guys a lot of prayers and wishes and a lot of love.”
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