- Britney Spears’ father has submitted new documents to the court relating to the ongoing guardianship case.
- Jamie Spears says he sued to terminate the guardianship to make sure her finances were not exhausted.
- But the original petition in September 2021 did not indicate that her financial situation was a concern.
A December 15 lawsuit from Jimmy Spears’ attorney offers new insight into why Britney Spears’ father supported her desire to end guardianship.
“Jimmy immediately took steps to terminate the guardianship to ensure that Britney’s property was not exhausted by an entourage of dealers, lawyers, and other persons who pretended to be concerned about Britney’s well-being after Britney expressed a desire to take control of her life and career,” says the filing (reviewed by Insider). ).
This is a newly filed set of concerns, one that wasn’t mentioned when Jimmy first petitioned the Los Angeles court to end his daughter’s guardianship.
Jimmy’s public statements and previous filings in support of ending his daughter’s tenure were a slightly different story
In September, Jimmy petitioned to end the guardianship. There was no mention of her financial holdings or “an entourage of self-interested dealers”.
Instead, the petition focused on the way Britney herself told a Los Angeles court that she wished her legal guardianship arrangement would end after 13 years. She also mentioned how Britney wished to “take back control of her life without the safety bars of guardianship.”
“If Mrs. Spears wants to end guardianship and believes she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes she should have that opportunity,” Jamie said in the petition in September.
He continued, “If Mrs. Spears has the ability and ability to hire a lawyer on her own, she is supposed to have the ability and capacity to deal with other contractual and commercial matters. In addition to being able to choose her own lawyer, Mrs. Spears, and instruct her. She should be given the opportunity to hire a manager. Her own business and financial and security advisor to protect both her property and her person.”
Jimmy’s attorney did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The full new filing filed on December 15 outlines Jimmy’s court requests to allow “immediate payment” to his attorney from Britney Spears’ financial estate. Now that the guardianship has been terminated, several attorneys and appointed supervisors are working with the court to finalize the financial details of Britney’s estate.
Britney’s attorney, Matthew Rosengart, sent the following statement to Insider in response to Jamie’s new profile:
“Mr. Spears made millions of dollars from Britney as a custodian, while paying his attorneys several millions more, all from his daughter’s work and hard-earned money. Guardianship has been terminated and Mr. Spears has been shamefully suspended. Under the circumstances, his petition is not only without Legal basis, it is abhorrent. Britney gave a touching testimonial about the pain her father caused her and it only made her worse. This is not what a father who loves his daughter does.”
Britney Spears’ lawyers question Jamie’s motives for asking the court to end guardianship before the pop star files the formal application
Jimmy filed the September petition weeks after refusing to accept his immediate resignation requests. Rosengart called the termination petition “another legal victory,” but with a caveat.
Rosengart said in a message Statement sent to Variety reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister.
He continued: “Mr. Spears appears to believe he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting affidavits and responding to another discovery under oath. But as we evaluate his file (which was inappropriately sent to the media before he served on counsel) We will also continue to explore all options.”
Jimmy was suspended from regency by the end of September. Britney said she wanted her father to be charged with “conservation abuse” but so far no formal charges have been brought.
In November, new Rosengart filings said Jamie Spears had asked to end his daughter’s guardianship more than a week after Rosengart asked for a sworn deposit and 13 years worth of documents.
“Mr. Spears’ reversal was motivated by a desire to bolster his reputation, avoid being deposited, or respond to the remarkable discovery made to him in August,” Rosengart wrote in the November filing.
A Los Angeles judge has decided to grant Britney’s request to end the 13-year preservation period in November 2021 – a decision that all parties involved have supported. But there are still loose procedural ends to attach.
Earlier this month, Britney’s temporary bodyguards said Jamie had not followed proper procedures after the termination.
The next hearing in Britney’s conservative case is scheduled for January 19, 2022.