More leakes thanks to BritneySVault, this time the full rehearsal for Britney’s “I’m A Slave 4 U” performance at the 2001 VMAs. Enjoy!
More leakes thanks to BritneySVault, this time the full rehearsal for Britney’s “I’m A Slave 4 U” performance at the 2001 VMAs. Enjoy!
Thanks to BritneySVault we have the never-seen-before dress rehearsal of Brit’s VMAs performance in 2007! We’ve only seen a LQ gif but now we have the full HD performance and it is incredible. LOOK AT HER PONYTAIL!
And it’s not confirmed that she was always supposed to wear that outfits and that she never “freaked out on stage” at 2:55. There’s also a few minor changes but it’s basically the performance we saw live. And it’s still a great performance.
UPDATED WITH A NEW LINK!
We didn’t see this coming… Jamie Spears has filed (or at least sent to the media) a petition to officialy terminate the conservatorship of the person and estate over Britney. The timing of this new filing is suspicious because just weeks ago he was saying that Britney needed the conservatorship. And it looks like he’s trying to avoid being held responsible for conservatorship abuse and fraud.
Since the news broke a few hours ago, Rosengart issued a statement in which he makes clear that they are not going to let Jamie get away with it. AND WE LOVE IT! He needs to be held accountable for his actions and for the abuse. He, his lawyers and everyone on Team Con.
Britney’s freedom is closer than ever but we still want justice for Britney.
Here’s the statement released by Mathew Rosengart, Britney’s lawyer:
“It appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, but as we assess his filing — which was inappropriately sent to the media before it was served on counsel — we will also continue to explore all options,” he continued.
Update with a second statement: “This filing represents a massive legal victory for Britney Spears, as well as vindication. Having exposed his misconduct and improper plan to hold his daughter hostage by trying to extract a multi-million-dollar settlement, Mr. Spears has now effectively surrendered. There is no settlement. To the extent Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, he is incorrect and our investigation into financial mismanagement and other issues will continue.”
UPDATE: WE HAVE THE COURT DOCS!
— yourhonor (@notedyourhonor) September 8, 2021
Finally, here’s the first report by CNN. It’s full of Jamie’s “i love my daughter” bullshit, but anyway…
(CNN)Britney Spears’ fight to end her court-ordered conservatorship took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when her father and the conservator of her estate, Jamie Spears, filed a petition to end the arrangement.
In a court filing obtained by CNN on Tuesday, the elder Spears cited his daughter’s pleas at two separate court hearings over the summer in his request to terminate the 13-year conservatorship.
“Recent events related to this conservatorship have called into question whether circumstances have changed to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist,” the filing states.
“Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship. She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding,” the petition reads in part.
“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance,” the filing said.
Mathew Rosengart, attorney for Britney Spears, called Tuesday’s development “vindication.”
“This filing represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears,” Rosengart said in a statement to CNN. “It appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath.”
Rosengart added that Britney Spears will “continue to explore all options.”
The elder Spears has served has conservator of his daughter’s estate since it was established in 2009. He was also the conservator of her person, overseeing her health and medical issues until he stepped aside in 2019. That’s when Jodi Montgomery was appointed the temporary conservator of Spears’ person.
During a hearing in July, Britney Spears said that she wanted to press charges against her father for “conservatorship abuse” and called the arrangement “f—ing cruelty.”
Jamie Spears stated in a previous court filing that he intends to step down as conservator.
Just last week, Rosengart called on Spears to do so immediately “before he is suspended.”
A previously scheduled hearing in the case is set for Sept. 29.
YALL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE COURT DOCUMENT IT LITERALLY SAYS TERMINATION OF CONSERVATORSHIP OF THE PERSON (AND) ESTATE OF BRITNEY JEAN SPEARS I CANNOT HANDLE THIS RIGHT NOW #FREEBRITNEY pic.twitter.com/M0Dx8vgfr0
— Fan Account (@TheSpearsRoom) September 8, 2021
Britney’s dad has a bond for $47 million. If he’s found of wrongdoing, he’s responsible to pay that back. But if the conservatorship ends, her dad would no longer be under the jurisdiction of the court and no longer responsible for the bond. #FreeBritney pic.twitter.com/rlqwWfRIYT
— Britney Stan, CPA (@BritneyTheStan) September 8, 2021
We didnt see this coming. Earlier today, Jamie Spears filed in Los Angeles Superior Court his response to Brit’s petition for his suspension and has agreed to step down from as her conservator… but he says he will do it “when the time is right” and wants to do an “orderly transition”. He also stated that there are “no actual grounds for suspending or removing” him.
Here’s the full petition but he basically says he loves her daugher, he says that everyone is lying and that he’s innocent of everything. He attacks Lynne’s statement in almost every page of the filling and says that Rosengart doesnt know anything.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨 Jamie Spears will resign but he wants a transition period to work with the court and Britney’s attorney.
— Britney Law Army (@BritneyLawArmy) August 12, 2021
One thing is clear: He wants to destroy Britney’s public image but he should know better. We’ll stand by her no matter what he says.
And finally, here’s Mathew Rosengart’s statement (and one thing is for sure: he will investigate Jamie and everyone involved in the conservatorship):
“I announced in Court on July 14 that, after 13 years of the status quo, it was time for Mr. Spears to be suspended or removed as conservator and that my firm and I would move aggressively and expeditiously for that outcome,” Rosengart says.
“Twelve days later, my firm filed a Petition for Mr. Spears’s suspension and removal based on strong, insurmountable legal grounds, which were unequivocally supported by the law and all parties involved, including Jodi Montgomery, Britney Spears, and her medical team,” the statement continues.
“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. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others,” Rosengart’s statement says. “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’s sworn deposition in the near future.”
Rosengart adds: “In the interim, rather than making false accusations and taking cheap shots at his own daughter, Mr. Spears should remain silent and step aside immediately.”
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.
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
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.
— Britney Stan (@BritneyTheStan) July 14, 2021
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.
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 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.
— Britney Law Army (@BritneyLawArmy) July 7, 2021
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.
— Britney Law Army (@BritneyLawArmy) July 7, 2021