Last week, Britney Spears pleaded with a judge in court to have her father removed as conservator.
Today we learn that the judge, Brenda Penny, has denied Spears’ request, “The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice.”
Spears’ implored the judge, speaking for over 20 minutes about the abuses she faces on a daily basis. She accused her father of enjoying the control he has over her and her estate and begged the judge to remove her father so she can have an everyday life.
Spears’ father, Jamie, claims that he hasn’t made any decisions regarding Britney or her estate since Jodi Montgomery was appointed in late 2019.
His attorney has stated that it has been Montgomery who “has made such decisions regarding Ms. Spears’ personal care and medical treatment.”
Samuel Ingrahm, Spears’ attorney, had filed a petition last week to replace her father with Montgomery as conservator of her estate.
Jamie’s attorney, Vivian L. Thoreen, goes on to say that, “Mr. Spears, therefore, was greatly saddened to hear of his daughter’s difficulties and suffering, and he believes that there must be an investigation into those claims,” she wrote, adding that he “is unable to hear and address his daughter’s concerns directly because he has been cut off from communicating with her.”
On June 29, Jamie’s attorney filed documents in response to last week’s court date, asking the court to investigate Spears’ claims, saying he was concerned for his daughter. It also claims that she did not sign the petition filed by her attorney last week.
“Either the allegations will be shown to be true, in which case corrective action must be taken, or they will be shown to be false, in which case the conservatorship can continue its course,” state the documents.
When Spears’ father was appointed as her conservator of the person, Thoreen wrote, “he did everything in his power to support and care” for her “well-being and personal decisions, including marriage.”
Montgomery’s attorney, Lauriann Wright, rebukes the claims that because Montgomery is not a conservator of the estate, she cannot just do as she pleases because everything must go through Jamie.
“Practically speaking, since everything costs money, no expenditures can happen without going through Mr. Spears and Mr. Spears approving them,” said Wright.
She continued, “While it is Ms. Montgomery’s professional duty to be Britney’s protector and advocate, honoring her wishes and seeing to her best interests while Britney is under conservatorship, it is her sincere personal wish that Britney continues to make meaningful progress in her well-being so that her conservatorship of the person can be terminated.”
The ruling also ordered The Conservators to file an accounting “no later than Tuesday, March 1, 2022. An Order To Show Cause Hearing Re: Accounting is set on Friday, April 1, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 4 of this Court.”
Britney still has yet to request a termination of the conservatorship in its entirety.