Britney Spears to apply to US court for guardianship

Britney Spears is about to go to court in the United States over the guardianship that controls her life.

The pop star’s attorney, Samuel D Ingham, said she wanted to go directly to court.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny has scheduled a pre-trial hearing for June 23.

It wasn’t clear how Spears, 39, would appear, in person or virtually.

Britney Spears (Yui Mok / PA)

She has previously made her feelings about court-ordered guardianship known through Mr Ingham, including last year when he said she was afraid of her father and did not get away from it all. would reproduce more as long as he controlled his life.

Mr Ingham told the court about his client’s wishes at a hearing on Tuesday, after the parents of the chart-topping singer clashed in legal documents.

The court also heard brief updates on other issues related to the case, and the judge set a separate July 14 date for the hearings.

Spears has been under guardianship since 2008, when she had a series of public blackouts captured by paparazzi cameras.

Jamie, his father, retains joint control of his estate alongside a wealth management company, although Spears has asked him to be removed from office.

Frictions within the family have been exposed in recent court cases.

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Britney Spears has said she will not return to the stage as long as her father retains control of her life (Tony DiMaio / PA)

Lynne Spears, the singer’s mother, objected to costs claimed by Jamie’s legal team totaling around $ 890,000 (£ 640,000) over a four-month period.

His lawyers have demanded that the claims be closely scrutinized and that all unnecessary costs be reimbursed to the singer’s estate.

They said the fees were “procedurally irregular” and claimed for lawyers not approved by the court, as well as “the hours recorded are grossly excessive”.

Lynne argued that Holland & Knight LLP, her ex-husband’s attorneys, spent money on a “nationwide media tour” to promote her legal representative Vivian Thoreen and “fight the media coverage that throws (Jamie) in a negative light ”.

Jamie fired back, claiming their fees were justified and alleging that Lynne was “not acting in the best interests” of their famous daughter.

In court records, her legal team said: “She has only been involved in her daughter’s guardianship very recently, and she is now raising objections to charges related to matters she is not aware of.

“In so doing, it causes delays and excessive expense in the administration of the Conservatory and, ironically, attracts more unnecessary media attention.

“While the Tory and his lawyer have been very careful, limited and thoughtful in their dealings with the media (away from any ‘national media tour’), ​​Lynne Spears is the one who exploited the pain and trauma from her daughter to her. personal profit by publishing a book on the Curator. “

Lynne, 65, wrote the 2008 memoir, Through The Storm: A Real Story Of Fame And Family In A Tabloid World, following her daughter’s public collapse.

Addressing the other points raised in the case, Jamie’s legal team said Holland & Knight LLP had been authorized by the court to work on the case, and not by individual attorneys.

And they have defended the media costs, claiming that Spears is “a world-renowned artist and celebrity” and that, as a result, the guardianship continues to be followed intensely in the public eye, including in recent documentaries.

Jamie’s team asked the judge to overturn the objection.

It is the latest clash in an increasingly controversial legal battle.

Mr Ingham, previously said Spears was “afraid” of his father and would not recur as long as he retained control of his finances.

Jamie, 68, had also overseen his daughter’s personal affairs, but stepped down from that role in September 2019 for health reasons.

Jodi Montgomery, a care professional, replaced him on a temporary basis.

Spears’ life and career came under scrutiny following the February release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, which explored her meteoric rise and subsequent struggles under the gaze of the tabloids.

Lynne and Jamie divorced in 2002. They also have a son, Bryan, and youngest daughter Jamie Lynn Spears.

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