A judge dissolves the guardianship of American singer Britney Spears


A Los Angeles judge on Friday ended the controversial conservatorship that had controlled pop star Britney Spears’ life for 13 years, returning her freedom as well as control of a multimillion-dollar estate.

The decision, greeted to loud cheers by Spears fans outside the downtown courthouse, ends a conservatorship long overseen by her father, and which the “Toxic” singer has described as abusive.

“Effective today… the guardianship of the person and estate of Britney Jean Spears is terminated. And that is the order of the court,” Judge Brenda Penny said.

The official end of the conservatorship comes after the Princess of Pop’s father, Jamie Spears, was stripped as her finance and estate manager at a hearing in September.

Both sides reiterated their support for the speedy end of the conservatorship at the start of Friday’s brief hearing.

While denying that she abused her position of control over her daughter’s life and career, Jamie Spears recently acknowledged that Britney Spears “believes she can manage her own life.”

In dissolving the conservatorship, Judge Penny accepted a caveat that John Zabel – the accountant chosen by Spears’ lawyers to replace her father – is granted additional powers by the court to manage his estate on his behalf.

Spears’ estate is estimated at $60 million, according to US media.

Professional curator Jodie Montgomery has been found not responsible for decisions regarding Spears’ person, although her attorney told the judge she would continue to “be there” for “anything Miss Spears needs”.

– ‘Trauma’ –

Friday’s hearing capped a years-long campaign by Spears and her legion of global fans to end a conservatorship that began after her very public 2007 breakdown, when the star attacked a paparazzo’s car in a service station.

Judge Penny granted Spears’ request to end the arrangement without the need for a mental evaluation – on the basis that “it was a voluntary conservatorship” and that “all parties are deal”.

“The court finds and determines that guardianship of the person and estate of Britney Jean Spears is no longer necessary,” she ruled.

Spears had said through his attorneys that his father was ‘never fit to serve’, citing in a petition allegations of his ‘reported alcoholism’ and the ‘trauma he has caused his daughter since she was a child. “.

As momentum built, Spears said in a September filing that she wanted to end the conservatorship as soon as possible so she could marry fiancé Sam Asghari on a prenuptial agreement.

Spears, who has two children with her former husband, rapper Kevin Federline, has previously alleged in court that her father stopped her from having an IUD removed when she wanted more children. Jamie Spears has denied the allegation.

– ‘Free Britney’ –

Spears did not address the court on Friday by phone as she did earlier this summer, although her mother and father both logged on.

Supporters held a “severance rally” on Friday, followed by a so-called “freedom party” across the city of West Hollywood.

Stirring up the excitement further, Asghari posted an Instagram video on Thursday night featuring himself and Spears wearing matching “Free Britney” t-shirts.

“This is a human rights movement,” reads the slogan on Spears’ top, referring to the alleged abuse of the guardianship system.

“It sucks that it has to come to this, that she has to be the face of it all,” supporter Sandra Hernandez, 30, said outside the courthouse.

“She’s going to be the large-scale change – it happens every day behind closed doors, and no one even knows about it.”


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