The conservatorship Britney Spears has been under for 13 years could finally be coming to an end.
After months of bombshell testimonies and allegations in court, Britney’s father Jamie Spears has petitioned for the termination of the conservatorship.
Paperwork filed by the 62-year-old states that Britney ‘is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.’
Jamie added in the filing that his 39-year-old’s daughter’s situation has changed ‘to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist.’
It has been a long journey since pop icon Britney was initially put under a temporary conservatorship in 2008 after suffering a mental breakdown.
While Britney was initially in favour of having her finances and person overseen by Jamie and co-conservator Jodi Montogomery, she has recently argued that the conservatorship is abusive and has stopped her from having children or marrying her boyfriend Sam Asghari.
Here is everything that has led to his moment.
Britney’s conservatorship journey
Spears, one of the world’s biggest pop stars, marries backing dancer Kevin Federline.
Spears becomes a mother in welcoming her first child, Sean. A year later she gives birth to her second son, Jayden.
Spears files for divorce from Federline.
Federline is granted custody of the former couple’s children.
Spears refuses to hand over her children – one-year-old Jayden and two-year-old Sean – to Federline and the police are called. The pop star is placed under a “5150” psychiatric hold and taken to hospital.
A judge in Los Angeles grants Jamie Spears a ‘temporary conservatorship’, placing him in charge of her life and finances. Lawyer Andrew Wallet is named co-conservator of the estate.
After securing visitation rights to her sons months previously, Spears opens the MTV Video Music Awards with a comedy sketch alongside Jonah Hill. She also wins three awards – including video of the year for Piece Of Me.
A judge in Los Angeles extends Spears’s conservatorship indefinitely.
Despite health and legal problems, the singer releases Circus, her well-received sixth studio album. The month also brought the release of For The Record, a documentary about her struggles.
Against the backdrop of the conservatorship, Spears embarks on the Circus world tour, which proves hugely lucrative.
Spears releases her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale. It tops charts around the world.
The singer launches a Las Vegas residency to promote her eighth album, Britney Jean. The show proves so successful it is extended beyond its initial two-year run and lasts until December 2017.
The pop star announces an ‘indefinite work hiatus’ and the cancellation of another Las Vegas residency after Jamie suffers a near-fatal colon rupture.
Jamie temporarily steps down from his role as conservator of his daughter’s personal affairs citing health reasons. The singer’s care-giver, Jodi Montgomery, is named his replacement.
Jamie describes the #FreeBritney movement – a group of fans calling for the singer to be freed from the conservatorship – as being filled with conspiracy theorists.
Spears’s lawyer says she does not want her father to return as conservator of her personal affairs after he temporarily stepped down due to his health issues. He keeps his separate role overseeing his daughter’s finances.
A court hears Spears is ‘afraid’ of her father and will not perform again while he is the conservator of her estate. During the hearing a judge makes Bessemer Trust co-conservator but does not suspend Jamie from his role.
Spears’s conservatorship is extended until September 2021.
The star’s life and career come under renewed scrutiny following the release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, which examines her treatment at the hands of the media. Spears later says the documentary left her ’embarrassed’.
Spears asks for Montgomery to be permanently appointed conservator of her person.
The superstar stuns the world with bombshell testimony in Los Angeles, describing the conservatorship as abusive and alleging it prevents her from having more children or getting married to Sam Asghari.
Spurred by Spears’s dramatic courtroom testimony, the financial management firm appointed to work with her father pulls out of the conservatorship, her long-time manager resigns and her court-appointed lawyer signals his intent to step down.
Spears again addresses the court in Los Angeles, delivering more emotional testimony and demanding her father be charged with conservator abuse. At the same hearing Mathew S Rosengart is appointed her new lawyer and announces he will take a more aggressive approach to ending the conservatorship.
Amid mounting pressure to step aside, Jamie’s lawyers insist there are no grounds for his dismissal. However, a week later, he agrees to his removal, though no timeline is set. Mr Rosengart cranks up the pressure on Jamie and accuses him of trying to ‘extort’ his daughter, alleging he is requesting millions of dollars in payments before stepping down.
In a stunning move, Jamie petitions the court to terminate the conservatorship. He said ‘recent events’ had raised questions over whether it was still necessary and said his daughter had shown signs she could look after herself. A hearing in the case is set for September 29.
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