Britney Spears hearing can mean freedom from court or father
Judge Brenda Penny has been a calm eye to the storm surrounding Britney Spears and the trusteeship that controls her life.
Now all eyes are on her.
The Los Angeles Superior Court judge has so far been able to act more as a guardian than a dictator in the case, but in a potentially crucial hearing on Wednesday (September 29) afternoon, she will be in a hurry to make important decisions about whether to keep Spears’ father as her curator, or whether to end the trusteeship altogether.
Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, has been pushing for the ouster of his father James Spears for moments after Penny cleared the singer to hire Rosengart in July. Penny denied Rosengart’s request for an emergency hearing on the matter, telling the lawyer he could wait until Wednesday.
And in a major reversal, James Spears, who first sought trusteeship in 2008 and has been its chief overseer ever since, filed a petition to end it completely. He urged the judge to make a ruling on the matter on Wednesday and make questions of his status moot.
Britney Spears and Rosengart said in a later filing that they agreed with her father on ending the guardianship, marking the first time she has asked for an end to the arrangement in court documents.
They stressed, however, that it was more important to her that her father was removed, calling it a necessary first step towards her freedom and “putting an end to the Kafkaesque nightmare imposed on her”.
Rosengart said in another filing this week that James Spears “crossed unfathomable lines” by engaging in illegal surveillance of her, including communications with her lawyer, as reported in “Controlling Britney Spears,” a documentary by the New York Times and the FX Network, one of two dueling documentaries aired the day before the hearing.
Britney Spears was also engaged to longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari earlier this month, meaning she made a prenuptial agreement in which her father should not be involved, according to her court documents.
James Spears in 2019 stepped down as his daughter’s self-styled curator, with control over her life decisions, retaining only his role as curator of her estate, with control of her finances. He and his lawyers said that many of his daughter’s complaints about his control over her life made no sense.
Jodi Montgomery, a court-appointed professional, now acts as Britney Spears’ person curator, and Rosengart has said in court documents that Montgomery also agrees to end the guardianship as long as it can be done safely. and smoothly.
It is not clear if Britney Spears will attend Wednesday’s hearing. At two recent auditions, she gave dramatic speeches denouncing her status that rallied even more fans and other celebrities to her cause, and stepped up already strong calls for #FreeBritney.
James Spears has denied acting other than in his daughter’s best interests and declined Rosengart’s demands to resign immediately, stating in a court file that during his 13 years of guardianship, “to the best of knowledge and In Mr. Spears ‘belief, neither a single medical professional nor a single probate investigator’s report recommended that Mr. Spears’ presence as a curator harmed Ms. Spears or that he should To be replaced”.
The Guardianship was established in 2008 when Britney Spears started having very public mental struggles as the media obsessed with every moment, hordes of paparazzi aggressively followed her everywhere and she lost custody of her children.