Britney Spears’ father asks court to investigate her guardianship claims
Britney Spears’ father has asked the court overseeing her daughter’s guardianship to investigate her statements to a judge last week about the court’s control over her medical treatment and personal life, which she said was too restrictive and abusive.
James Spears pointed out in a pair of documents filed Tuesday night that he had had no control over his daughter’s personal affairs for nearly two years.
His record says the court must investigate “serious allegations of forced labor, forced medical treatment and therapy, inappropriate medical care and limitations on personal rights.”
“Given the nature of the allegations and allegations, it is essential that the court confirm whether Ms. Spears’ testimony was accurate or not in order to determine what corrective action, if any, should be taken,” the documents say.
Britney Spears calls guardianship “abusive”
The deposits come a week after the pop star first spoke in open court about the guardianship that has controlled his life and money for 13 years.
Spears condemned those with power over her, saying she was forced to perform live, forced to use an intrauterine device for birth control, forced to take lithium and other drugs against her will and prevented from marrying or having another child.
“I really believe this tutelage is abusive,” Spears said.
James Spears controlled his daughter’s personal life for most of the Trusteeship’s existence, but now only oversees her money and business dealings with a property management company.
Court-appointed professional Jodi Montgomery has had power over Britney Spears’ personal decisions since her father stepped down from the role in 2019.
“Mr. Spears is not the Curator of the Person. He has not been the Curator of the Person since September 2019,” one of the court documents reads. “Ms. Montgomery has been fully responsible for Ms. Spears’ daily personal care and medical treatment.
Montgomery, whose appointment Britney Spears backed, is serving temporarily. The court was supposed to make her role permanent, but one of James Spears’ documents says her daughter’s criticism of Montgomery last week suggests she doesn’t want her in the role.
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James Spears says that when he was custodian of his daughter’s personal decisions, he did everything in his power to support her well-being, including consenting to her marrying in 2012 and sharing the duties. guardianship with her fiancé.
Spears was engaged to former manager Jason Trawick in 2012, but the couple broke up in 2013.
The record also criticizes Britney Spears’ personal attorney, Samuel L. Ingham III, saying he erroneously asserted in a recent filing that the court found Spears lacking the capacity to consent to medical treatment and was using it as a pretext for a tribunal. an order removing the right to give informed consent.
Emails sent to Ingham and a Montgomery lawyer requesting comment were not immediately returned.
As Spears criticized both Montgomery and Ingham in her impassioned 20-plus-minute speech, she singled out her father for some of his scathing criticisms.
She accused him of savoring his power over her, as she said when she failed a series of psychological tests in 2019 and was forced to check in at a mental health facility.
“I cried on the phone for an hour and he loved every minute,” Spears said. “The control he had over someone as powerful as me, because he loved the control of hurting his own daughter 1000%.”
James Spears calls for potential “corrective action”
James Spears said through his lawyer at the hearing that he was sorry to see his daughter in so much pain.
He said in his court documents that it was imperative that “all parties have a full and fair opportunity to respond to the allegations and claims made against them.”
“Either the allegations will prove to be true, in which case corrective action will be taken,” the documents say, “or they will prove to be false, in which case the guardianship may continue its course. It is not acceptable to the Conservatives or the court of law. do nothing.
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Spears told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny that she wanted the guardianship to end, but she did not file a motion with the court to end it.
Ingham said in court that she did not ask him to file the petition, and Spears said in court that she did not know she could apply to end it.
“I want changes in the future,” she said. “I deserve changes.”
Penny called Spears’ comments brave, but gave no idea what action she was going to take. An investigation and many other legal steps are likely before the judge makes a decision.