Variety: “Britney Spears Allowed to Hire Her Own Lawyer”

Here’s an article posted by Variety about today’s court hearing. You can also read the full post here.

Britney Spears broke down in tears in open court on Wednesday, making a tearful plea to the judge to remove her father for her conservatorship.

“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him for conservatorship abuse,” Spears said. “I want to press charges for abuse on this conservatorship today…all of it.”

Moments ahead of her voluntary testimony, Judge Brenda Penny granted Spears to hire her own lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, who attended the hearing in-person, representing the singer, who appeared remotely via phone. The judge’s move to allow Spears an attorney of her own choosing is a major step forward for the pop star, who wants to terminate the conservatorship she has been under for the past 13 years.

“I’m here now today, your honor, to remove my dad altogether,” Spears said. Prior to speaking, Spears had initially asked the judge if the courtroom could be cleared, but then told the judge she was fine speaking in open court.

During her impassioned plea, Spears demanded to be released from her conservatorship without further evaluation, telling the judge, “Ma’am, there should be threat to me — at all, ever.”

Spears explained to the judge that she took psych tests “against my will” during her “Circus” tour and was forced to get blood drawn numerous times per week. She said that her conservators told her that if she participated in the evaluations, she could have her life back. “I did it all and they lied…they did nothing,” Spears said. “They didn’t end it, and I kept working.” She said she will not allow people to “question my intelligence for the millionth time.”

Spears said she is not a “perfect person,” but explained that her “episodes” have been a result of “what they did to me.” Slamming her father and her conservators, she told the judge, “It was their goal to make me feel crazy, which I’m not.”

The singer made more claims against her father, including getting her driver’s license taken taken away, not being allowed to drink coffee, not being able to chose what she wants to eat and having her “pink hair vitamins” taken away from her. “That’s not abuse. That’s just fucking cruelty,” she said, then apologizing to the judge for her language.

The star also said that she has “serious abandonment issues” and said that her conservators knew that she was “vulnerable,” but she would be left alone and not able to leave her house. She explained that growing up, “I was always extremely scared of my dad and scared he was going to show up drunk somewhere.”

“Instead of trying to investigate my behavior or my capacity, I want my dad investigated,” Spears said to the judge. “This conservatorship is literally allowing my dad to rule my life…that is abuse, and we all know it.”

Once again stating that she wants to press charges for conservatorship abuse, a defiant Spears said, “I’m angry, and I will go there.”

When she paused and broke down in tears, the judge took a sensitive approach, telling the singer: “Ms. Spears, it’s okay. If you need a moment, it’s fine.”

Spears confirmed to the judge that she selected Rosengart as her own lawyer, and also stated that she wants her temporary conservator of her person, Jodi Montgomery, to remain on her case. Montgomery’s lawyer categorized Spears’ testimony as “heartbreaking,” and told the singer, “We’re here to help.”

Following Spears’ testimony, Rosengart called for Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, to voluntary resign, which he said, would be in the best interest of his client. “This is not working. What is supposed to be at the heart of this has been lost,” Rosengart said, adding that he is “appalled” at Jamie Spears. “There is a real question as to why Mr. Spears does not voluntarily step down today,” Rosengart said, before posing, “Is he here for financial reasons? Does anybody really believe that Mr. Spears’ involvement is in the best interest of his daughter?” Rosengart said “if he loves his daughter,” he will resign. In response, an attorney for Jamie Spears, Vivian Thoreon, said the elder Spears would not voluntarily resign and questioned the accuracy of his daughter’s claims of abuse.

Rosengart also told the judge that his law firm will be questioning whether the singer ever needed a conservatorship in the first place, in 2008. “A conservatorship was probably not necessary,” he said.

In addition to Jamie Spears, the singer’s mother, Lynne Spears, was also present via phone at the hearing. Her attorney said that he “agrees entirely” with Rosengart, and said that Lynne Spears is requesting to be back in court, sooner than later, to work towards her daughter’s conservatorship ending. “This system is broken,” her lawyer said. “This is lawyers gone wild.”

Ahead of the hearing, the #FreeBritney fans were in full force outside of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, many dressed up in Britney merchandise and holding signs calling for the conservatorship to end. The media presence outside the courthouse was substantial with Los Angeles outlets and national entertainment shows swarming the scene, in preparation of the pop star addressing the court.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who has welcomed Spears to speak in front of Congress about conservatorship abuse, addressed the crowd of Free Britney supporters. “There were grifters in this process,” Gaetz said. “They knew what she wanted. And now the whole world knows what Britney wants — it is the freedom and liberty that should be offered to every single American.”

As of this week, Spears had been in talks with Rosengart, who is a former federal prosecutor who has represented Hollywood A-listers like Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Keanu Reeves. Earlier in the week week, Spears had signed a legal document, selecting Rosengart. The paperwork stated: “Pursuant to my statement in open court on June 23, 2021, my rights, and my desire to end the above-referenced conservatorship as to my father, Jamie P. Spears, it is my desire to choose and retain my own counsel, at Greenberg, Traurig, LLP as set forth above.”

Bringing Rosengart on as her legal representative is Spears’ first step in attempting to remove her father from her conservatorship — and then, eventually taking steps to terminate her conservatorship altogether.

The hearing on Wednesday marked the second time this summer where the pop star addressed the court — this time, virtually at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse. On June 23, when she addressed the court for the first time publicly in her 13-year conservatorship, Spears made her appearance by phone, making an explosive testimony, calling her conservatorship “abusive” and asking the judge to terminate it altogether.

Spears made serious claims about her father and other conservators, including being forced to perform, being forced to change her medication and being blocked from marriage and having more children, as she alleged her conservators prevented her from removing her IUD birth control device.

Though she pleaded with the judge at the June 23 hearing to end her conservatorship without further evaluation, Spears has still not officially filed a petition to terminate her conservatorship — which could be explained by the game of legal musical chairs going on behind the scenes: over the course of the past couple of weeks, Spears’ longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, resigned after 25 years; wealth management firm, Bessemer Trust, pulled out as co-conservator of Spears’ estate; and her court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, asked the court to resign from the case.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Penny accepted the petitions for Ingham Bessemer Trust to resign. Effective immediately, they are no longer involved with Spears’ conservatorship case, though formal petitions still need to be filed.

Prior to selecting Rosengart as her lawyer, Spears had been represented by Ingham, since the start of her conservatorship. During her June hearing, Spears said that Ingham advised her not to speak up. “He told me I should keep it to myself,” she told the judge, though Ingham has never responded to Variety‘s request for comment on this specific allegation, and private conversations between the attorney and singer are unknown. After the singer had asked the judge to allow her to hire an attorney of her choosing at her previous hearing, Ingham filed paperwork to resign on July 6. When Ingham was appointed as Spears’ legal representative in 2008, the star had no say, which is typical for a conservatorship.

After Ingham resigned, an attorney for Spears’ mother, Lynne Spears, filed paperwork, urging the court to “listen to the wishes of her daughter” and allow her to hire her own private attorney, saying such a move would be “a first step.”

“Clearly, Conservatee needs private counsel to advise her as to her basic rights in this conservatorship,” Lynne Spears’ paperwork stated.

In response to the singer’s blistering testimony where she made serious claims about her treatment from her father, Jamie Spears filed legal documents pointing the finger at the co-conservator, Jodi Montgomery, stating he is concerned about his daughter’s conservator of person. An attorney for Montgomery firmly shot back at the elder Spears’ claims and stated that Montgomery will not resign as Spears’ conservator; in her filings, she provided texts from the star in which she asked Montgomery to stay on board and help her obtain her own attorney.

Since, Spears’ father and Montgomery have been at odds over Montgomery’s request to have her security fees covered, as she has received death threats throughout the course of the high-profile conservatorship case.

On Wednesday, an attorney for Montgomery doubled down on the need for security, which Rosengart agreed with; the judge said that matter will be addressed next week.

Montgomery’s attorney repeatedly made clear that Montgomery has one motive only, which is to work in the best interest of Spears. During Spears’ testimony, through tears, she said that she wants Montgomery to help her get “back into the world.”

Arguing with Jamie Spears’ attorney, Montgomery’s lawyer, Laurieann Wright, urged the court to move forward with the best process for Spears, which would include maintaining her privacy and not bringing her to the stand to be cross-examined. “I don’t think it’s a secret that we’re dealing with someone with mental illness,” Wright said, stating that the star still has the right to privacy, citing HIPPA laws.

“She feels so strongly that she needs to be there for Ms. Spears,” Wright said of Montgomery, adding that the medical team has a “strong recommendation” to “remove her father.” Taking another jab at Jamie Spears, Montgomery’s attorney added, “Bottom line is that the conservators need to work together or else this isn’t going to work.”

After Spears’ first explosive court hearing, public interest in the case exploded around the world with Hollywood, fans and #FreeBritney supporters rallying behind the singer. The conservatorship has been subject of renewed interest, especially in recent months, ever since the New York Times-produced documentary, “Framing Britney Spears,” was released in February, putting a spotlight on the situation. Just yesterday, the documentary received two Emmy nominations.

Britney thanks her fans on instagram!

For the first time in 13 years Britney just talked about the conservatorship and the #FreeBritney on her social media accounts and also thanked, once again, to her fans for the support. Is this really happening? Things are definitely changing!

Coming along, folks … coming along 🖕🏻!!!!! New with real representation today … I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED !!!! Thank you to my fans who are supporting me … You have no idea what it means to me be supported by such awesome fans !!!! God bless you all !!!!! Pssss this is me celebrating by horseback riding and doing cartwheels today 🤸‍♂️🤷‍♀️🐎 !!!! #FreeBritney

Court hearing recap: Britney has a new lawyer + more heart-breaking testimony

A new hearing on Brit’s conservatorship case has just finished and WOW. Brit’s not here to play, she’s done with Jamie, her family and the conservatorship and now she *finally* has a good lawyer to help her.

Many things happened today but the most important is that Judge Penny approved Mathew Rosengart as Britney’s new lawyer and this is the first time since the conservatorship started in 2008 that Britney has a lawyer chosen by herself.

Once again, Britney gave a devastating testimony about the abuse she endured at the hands of Jamie and the conservatorship. Britney told the judge her father is abusive and that she believes the conservatorship team tried to kill her. She told the court: “The only reason they tried to do any of this is because they were trying to kill me,” and that “This conservatorship has allowed my dad to ruin my life.”

She also mentioned the fact that Jamie Spears physically assaulted one of her children: “I want to charge my father with conservatorship abuse after he broke down the door and shook my son“. Britney added that she wants “an investigation on my dad,” and that “I’m here to press charges… I’m angry and I will go there.”

Moreover, Britney confirmed the old rumor that she was promised by Team Con that the conservatorship was going to end after the Circus tour if she did what they told her to do. She said: “During the Circus Tour, I was told if I just be good and follow the rules they will end it.” She told the judge that she took psych tests “against my will” during the tour and was forced to get blood drawn numerous times per week and added“I did it all and they lied…they did nothing. They didn’t end it, and I kept working.”

And last but not least, Mathew Rosengart, Brit’s new lawyer, showed us and everyone that he’s not here to play, he will help Britney and he will file the petition to terminate the conservatorship! He said he will not agree to Jodi Montgomery’s request for security expenses without consulting with Britney, he requested the court to push the fee requests and other petitions aside because “the court needs to focus on what is in Britney’s best interests”.  Mathew will also “question whether Britney really needed a conservatorship.”

He spoke to the press outside court and here’s his statement.

 

 

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Official Transcript of Britney’s June 23rd court hearing

On June 23 Britney gave a heart-breaking and explosive testimony before court about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her conservators in 2019 and in the months that followed. We finally have the official transcript of that hearing so here it is.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL TRANSCRIPT

Britney feels “Relieved” as members of the conservatorship resign

According to E! News, a source connected to Britney told them that Brit feels “hopeful” and “relieved” by the resignations of Samuel Ingham and Larry Rudolph and that she feels these moves are steps in the right direction.

“She’s finally feeling hopeful about the future,” the insider shares. “She thinks people are resigning because they know she is speaking the truth. She is relieved her attorney resigned and hopes that if she can pick her own lawyer, it means the judge is leaning towards terminating the conservatorship.”

The source continues, “She’s trying to be patient and see what happens. She is happy that things are starting to happen, and that the truth has finally come out.”

 

Lynne Spears petitions court to allow Britney Spears to choose her own attorney

Lynne Spears has filed a petition requesting the court to let Britney choose her own attorney. In the court filing she stated that Britney is in a much different place than when her conservatorship began in 2008. She noted that Britney has performed multiple shows, produced multiple albums and gone on tour since then and she is able to care for herself.

“Now, and for the past many years, Conservatee is able to care for her person and in fact has, within the parameters of this conservatorship, earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celebrity,” the petition states.

She also asked the court to “listen to the wishes of her daughter” and stated that “This Motion to Appoint Private Counsel is of the utmost importance and may very well impact each and every of the other requests submitted by Conservatee in her live testimony at the June 23 Hearing. It is self-evident that before the Court addresses, forexample, the termination of the conservatorship, Conservatee must be allowed to consult with counsel of her choosing.”

It is clear that Lynne wants all of Britney’s requests to be approved, including the termination of the conservatorship and that is why Britney needs to be able to pick her own attorney.

You can read the full document here.

 


The next hearing for the conservatorship scheduled for July 14 and Britney will be present. In fact, Judge Penny wants her present at the hearing.

Jodi Montgomery Requests a Guardian Ad Litem for Britney

Jodi Montgomery, Britney’s temporary conservator, has filed a petition asking the court to appoint Britney a guardian ad litem for the limited purpose of helping her retain an attorney of her own choice! She also asks that Britney not be evaluated again to determine her capacity.

This is actually big and good news for Britney! It looks like Jodi is finally trying to help Britney.

 

But that’s not all… She has also wants to use Britney’s money to pay for her 24/7 security because after the June 23 hearing, she received many death threats and she cannot afford that expense. Of course, Britney always ends up paying for everything. You know, thousands and thousands of dollars a month is not enough to pay for a security service *eye roll*. Oh and they can ruin Britney’s life but they cannot take accountability for their actions and they are not brave enough to face the backlash from the GP.

And last but not least, she presented text messages that shows Britney wants her as her conservator, something that’s 100% expected and obvious because if she resigns, Jamie will be appointed as conservator again and we know that that is even worse than Jodi. So don’t worry about that, it’s a smart move.



Sam Ingham resings as Britney’s court-appointed lawyer

It looks like more rats are leaving the sinking ship. According to TMZ, Ingham will file legal docs as early as today asking the judge to be dismissed as Britney’s court-appointed lawyer.

TMZ wrote: “Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, Ingham is extremely upset at Britney’s statement in court … that she never knew she could end the conservatorship. We’re told Ingham regularly gave Britney options, including requesting that the conservatorship should end, but she never wanted to pull the plug.

Our sources say Britney did talk to Ingham about removing Jamie, but she never wanted to end the conservatorship. We’re told the last straw was when Britney told the judge Ingham never told her what he’s legally required to do … namely inform her of her options.

We’re told Ingham will not go into detail in his filing, because of attorney/client confidentiality.”

We know TMZ is Team Con and has been publishing info given by Jamie and Team Con so they are not a reliable source but we’ll see if this happens.

Anyway, one thing we should ask Ingham before he resigns… WHERE IS THE PETITION TO TERMINATE? 12 DAYS AND COUNTING, SAM.

 

UPDATE: Now it’s official. Samuel Ingham III and also Loeb & Loeb LLP have resigned as court-appointed lawyer and counsel for Britney. Samuel never filed the petition to terminate the conservatorship as Britney requested. Click here to read the full court doc (thanks to @freebritneyla
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Larry Rudolph resigns as Britney’s manager

The ship is sinking and the rats are fleeing. According to a new report by Deadline, Larry Ruloph has resigned as Britney’s manager.

First of all, here’s his full statement published by Deadline:

James P. Spears and Jodi Montgomery, as co-executors of the estate of Britney Spears:

It has been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus. Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.

As you know, I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations, so I am not privy to many of these details. I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career. And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.

Please accept this letter as my formal resignation.

I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together. I wish Britney all the health and happiness in the world, and I’ll be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been.

Larry Rudolph

Yeah, you can laugh.

First… “I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations” c’mon Larry, we are not stupid. I’m just gonna leave Britney’s words here as an answer: ” I was on tour in 2018 that I was forced to do. My management said that if I don’t do this tour I will have to find an attorney and, by contract, my own management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the tour. He handed me a sheet of paper as I got off the stage in Vegas and said I had to sign it. It was very threatening and scary and, with he conservatorship, I couldn’t even get my own attorney.” And here’s more “my Dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no. Ma’am, they should be in jail.” Oh and let’s not forget about this one: “My therapist told me my manager called him and told him I wasn’t cooperating in rehearsals. He also said I wasn’t taking my medication” 

And we can find a lot of other examples of his involvement with the conservatorship over the years.

Second… BRITNEY FIRED HIM TWICE! He was re-hired by Jamie and Team Con when Jamie was appointed as conservator.

Third… “I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire”. That’s his lame excuse? Really? *eye roll*

 

Larry Rudolph “should not be able to get away and walk away so easily.” It looks like he’s gone for good now, that’s a good thing for Britney, but still, he has to face the consequences for what he did to Britney. He deserves it. And don’t be fooled… He was part of Team Con.

Bessemer Trust Resigns as Co-Conservator of Britney’s Estate

Just one day after being officially appointed by Judge Penny, Bessemer Trust has reportedly made the decision to resign as co-conservator over Britney’s estate. According to the NYT, Bessemer Trust stated in the court filing that they were told the conservatorship was voluntary and that the company wasn’t aware Britney wanted out until her testimony last week in court.

The good thing about this is the preassure from the public is real and it’s working. It also shows how fraudulent the conservatorship and the conservators are, because they didn’t even told the truth to a future co-conservator allegadly chosen by Britney.

The bad thing is that Jamie Spears remains once again in full control over Britney’s estate and we know that Britney does not want that because she requested the court to remove him as conservator a few months ago (which was denied by Judge Penny).

Here’s the full article by The New York Times:

The wealth management firm that was set to take over as the co-conservator of Britney Spears’s estate, alongside her father, has requested to resign from the arrangement, citing Ms. Spears’s public criticisms of the conservatorship, according to a document filed in court on Thursday.

Bessemer Trust, a professional wealth management firm that manages more than $100 billion in assets, said in a court filing that it wants to resign “due to changed circumstances.” In its court filing, the firm said it was told that Ms. Spears’s conservatorship was voluntary and that she had consented to the company acting as co-conservator. But in a court hearing on June 23, Ms. Spears excoriated the arrangement and demanded it end.

“As a result of the conservatee’s testimony at the June 23 hearing, however, Petitioner has become aware that the Conservatee objects to the continuance of her Conservatorship and desires to terminate the conservatorship. Petitioner has heard the Conservatee and respects her wishes,” the court filing states.

Bessemer’s decision further throws Ms. Spears’s conservatorship into turmoil. For 13 years, she has lived under a system that last week she called “abusive,” and pleaded with the court to let her out of the arrangement without a medical evaluation. Her court-appointed lawyer has not filed a formal request to terminate the conservatorship with the court.

Last fall, Ms. Spears’s lawyer had requested the singer’s father, James P. Spears, be suspended as conservator of the estate immediately, claiming Ms. Spears was “afraid of her father,” but the judge declined that request.

Bessemer Trust had been approved by the court to be added as co-conservator of the estate last fall, but had not taken any action as co-conservator and had not received any of the assets of Ms. Spears’s nearly $60 million estate, nor had it taken any fees.

 

We’ll see what happens now but there’s only one thing to do: FILL THE PETITION TO TERMINATE THE CONSERVATORSHIP, SAM! What are you waiting for?