Britney Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, has joined the legal team fighting to free legendary artist Peter Max from his tutelage.
High-profile lawyer Rosengart – who fought for the suspension of Britney’s father, James Spears as her estate curator, then ended the toxic tutelage she endured for 13 years – has joined the legal team of Peter’s daughter, Libra Max, who is fighting to end the guardianship, who she says “put my father in jail”.
Libra says his 84-year-old father was isolated in his Upper West Side apartment where his friends and family are only allowed to visit for one hour after having obtained the authorization of his tutors. She claims Peter’s phone and his beloved pets have been taken
She also alleges that these guardians – along with court-appointed legal advisers – continue to bill Peter’s estate in the hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Libra maintains that the guardianship “isolated him, healed him and deprived him of civil liberties.”
Rosengart said: “I am honored to join the team’s laudable efforts to achieve justice for Peter Max. This characterizes the type of trusteeship that deserves judicial attention and potential national and federal legislation. “
“Guardianship and government intervention should be an absolute last resort and this case deserves a fresh look and the implementation of less restrictive measures and the restoration of basic human rights. We will fight vigorously to gain new freedoms for this American icon. “
Max, a pop artist from the 1960s and 1970s whose works are on display at the Museum of Modern Art, has an estimated fortune of at least $ 65 million.
A close friend of the Rolling Stones, the German immigrant rose to fame for pasting his psychedelic designs on postage stamps, cereal boxes, album covers and even a Continental Airlines Boeing 777.
Nancy Reagan asked him to paint portraits of the Statue of Liberty at the White House, after which he helped raise funds to restore the monument.
Now living with Alzheimer’s disease, he was placed under guardianship in December 2016 after the court ruled he needed protection from alleged physical, mental and emotional abuse on his part. then second wife, Mary.
Mary Max committed suicide at age 52 in June 2019, but Peter’s guardianship continued. Thousands of prominent New Yorkers have signed a petition to #freePeterMax.
Libra Max added, “My father has a network of family and friends who want
be with him in the twilight of his life.
“The abuse he faced from the predatory guardianship system is incomprehensible. I am delighted that Matt has agreed to join our team to fight for my father. This supervision must come to an end.
A hearing is scheduled for November 30 at the New York State Supreme Court,
where Libra will ask for the end of the guardianship.
During this time, Spears said she was “grateful” for each day and collected her car keys and her own ATM card.
She said she plans to be “an advocate for people with real disabilities and real illnesses” and hopes her story “will bring change to the corrupt system.”