The life and money of Britney Spears is under the control of her Jamie Spears for the past 13 years and the songwriter has had it enough. On Wednesday, Britney Spears passionately told a judge that she wants to end the “abusive” case that has made her feel demoralized and enslaved.
This is the first that the songwriter spoke in the open court and condemned her father and others who control the conservatorship, which she said has compelled her to use birth control and take other medications against her will, and prevented her from getting married or having another child.
“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life.”The 39-year-old Spears said.
Her speech was fast and lasted for more than 20 minutes while her parents, fans and journalists listed to an audio live stream. Spears told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny that “I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated.”
Spears said she wants to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari and have a baby with him, but she is not allowed to even drive with him.
“All I want is to own my money and for this to end and for my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his (expletive) car.”Spears said.
“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” Spears said, adding at another point, “I want my life back.” An attorney representing her co-conservator suggested the transcript should be kept sealed, Spears shouted her down, saying her words should be public.
“They’ve done a good job at exploiting my life,” Spears said, “So I feel like it should be an open court hearing and they should listen and hear what I have to say.” She went on to say she was forced to take lithium — which made her feel “drunk” — after rehearsals broke down for a Vegas residency in 2019, which was subsequently canceled. She said all she had done was disagree with one part of the show’s choreography.
“I’m not here to be anyone’s slave. I can say no to a dance move.”Spears said.
“Not only did my family not do a goddamn thing, my dad was all for it,” Spears said. She accused her father of relishing his power over her, as he showed when she failed a series of psychological tests in 2019 and forced her to go into a mental hospital.
“I cried on the phone for an hour, and he loved every minute of it,” Spears said. ”The control he had over someone as powerful as me, as he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%.” Spears also said several nurses often watch her every move, not even letting her change her clothes in private.
Vivian Thoreen, attorney for Spears’ father, James Spears, gave a brief statement on his behalf after conferring with him during a recess. “He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain,” Thoreen said. “Mr. Spears loves his daughter, and misses her very much.”
James Spears serves as co-conservator of his daughter’s finances, and also had control of her life decisions for most of the conservatorship. He currently serves as co-conservator of her finances.
“I’ve lied and told the whole world, ‘I’m OK, I’m happy.’ I’ve been in denial, I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized.”She said.
More than 100 fans from the so-called #FreeBritney movement gathered outside the courthouse before the hearing, holding signs that read “Free Britney now!” and “Get out of Britney’s life!”
Spears said she has not felt heard in any of her previous appearances before the court, all of which were sealed from the public.
Spears said she had done research that showed her conservatorship could be ended without further evaluation of her. But under California law, the burden would be on her to prove she is competent to manage her own affairs, and an intensive investigation and evaluation are probably inevitable before it can come to an end.
Her father and his attorneys have emphasized that she and her fortune, which court records put at more than $50 million, remain vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. Britney Spears’ ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake was among many who expressed outrage at her revelations.
“What’s happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.”Timberlake tweeted.