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Britney Spears’ father to step down as conservator

Los Angeles, US, Aug 12 (EFE).- Britney Spears’ father has agreed to step down from his 13-year role as her conservator, according to court filing on Thursday.

The document confirms that Jamie Spears agrees to hand over his role to another person, which would not annul the conservatorship, but would remove the singer’s family from involvement.

“There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate (…) And it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests,” the document said.

“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests,” it added.

“So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”

The filing added that “Mr. Spears continues to serve dutifully, and he should not be suspended or removed, and certainly not based on false allegations. Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and include a resolution of matters pending before the court.”

The move comes less than a month after Mathew Rosengart became the singer’s new lawyer, following the resignation of her previous designated attorney.

“We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed. It is vindication for Britney,” he said in a statement, urging Jamie Spears to “step aside immediately.”

In addition, Rosengart is investigating the financial conduct of Spears’ father.

“We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr Spears’ sworn deposition in the near future,” Rosengart concluded.

Rosengart asked on July 26 that a financial advisor replace the singer’s father around the control of finances, while medical aspects are supervised by attorney Jody Montgomery.

In June, the pop star spoke out against what she described as an “abusive” conservatorship that has given her father control over her life since 2008, and asked for it to end.

The 39-year-old said her father controlled her “100,000 percent. He loved it,” adding she was “traumatized.”

“I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough,” Spears told Judge Brenda Penny at a hearing.

Spears spoke of having little control over her life during these 13 years, in which she has not had the freedom to speak to the press, give interviews, marry or start a family with her boyfriend.

Her case has been widely supported by the #FreeBritney movement. EFE


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