Britney Spears‘ conservatorship saga continued with yet another hearing on Wednesday.
At the hearing, a judge ruled that Spears would be allowed to hire her own attorney for the case after asking the court for permission to do so.
“I’m not representing her alone,” Rosengart told the court, explaining that he’ll be assisted by “a team of attorneys at my firm” who “all have substantial probate experience.”
Additionally, Bessemer Trust’s request to be removed as a co-conservator of Spears’ estate was granted by the court and Spears’ father, Jamie, was confirmed as the sole conservator. In court documents previously obtained by Fox News that were filed after Spears spoke out, Bessemer cited “changed circumstances” as the reasoning for their removal request.
Spears herself then addressed the court again.
Britney Spears has been granted permission to hire her own attorney in her conservatorship case. (Getty Images)
“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” Spears said in court of her father. The singer went on to say she wants Jamie investigated and that “this conservatorship has allowed my dad to ruin my life.”
She said she would be representing herself and wants “to press charges” against her dad, adding that she feels “angry.”
The star broke down in tears as she pleaded for her father to be removed as her conservator and also spoke about the abandonment issues that she faces after growing up “extremely scared” of her dad, “worried he was going to show up drunk somewhere.” Additionally, Spears said she “would rather” her temporary conservator, Jodi Montogomery, to “stay in place” than have Jamie oversee her estate and well-being again.
The “Toxic” singer said she hoped to have Jamie removed as a conservator on Wednesday – he was not removed as there was no motion in place to do so, but Rosengart said he’d soon be filing such a motion.
The ruling comes three weeks after Spears’ explosive testimony in which she deemed the conservatorship “abusive” and railed against her father Jamie for exerting control over her and taking money from her.
In Wednesday’s hearing, Spears doubled down on a list of things she’s been barred from doing, including taking vitamins and driving, saying, “That’s not abuse, that’s f— cruelty.”
Britney Spears said that she wishes to charge her father Jamie with ‘conservatorship abuse.’ (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Jamie’s attorney fired back, however, and said that many of Spears’ “characterizations and memories are just incorrect” and there were “a lot of misstatements because of lack of recollection, information and understanding” when she spoke on Wednesday and last time on June 23.
Reps for Spears and her father Jamie did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
The ruling will certainly appease Spears’ mother, who previously requested the court allow her daughter to hire her “own private” lawyer.
Spears’ attorney said they were willing to hammer out an amount to pay to cover security costs of Montgomery before the court addressed Jamie’s requests that claims previously made by Britney be investigated.
Thoreen Vivian Lee, Jamie’s attorney, claimed that many of the allegations made by Britney – such as those regarding her contraceptive – fall on the conservator of the person, which is Montgomery.
“We owe it to Ms. Spears and the conservators … to understand what her desires are,” Lee said, again insisting that Jamie has nothing to do with Britney’s medical care, as it’s Montgomery’s role to oversee.
Spears said that she wishes for her father to be removed as conservator. (J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
Montgomery’s attorney said acknowledged that Britney may be facing “mental illness,” but that they all “need to work as a team to help get her better … not put her on the stand for cross-examination.”
Furthermore, the attorney said that Spears was denied cosmetic services like manicures during the coronavirus pandemic, as she has a condition that puts her at higher risk.
Montgomery’s attorney said the personal conservator is working on a care plan designed to help Britany “to get out of the conservatorship altogether” and that she’s happy to remain on the conservatorship team, but advocated for Jamie’s removal as conservator.
An attorney for Lynne, Britney’s mother, agreed that Jamie should step down and said it was “shameful” to have “two conservators going after each other.”
Lee said that Jamie will not step down as conservator and that it’s “not appropriate to ask” him to do so.
Any outstanding issues will be addressed at the next hearing, which she set for September 29 at 1:30 p.m. PT. The issue of Montgomery’s security needs will be addressed on July 19 at 3 p.m. PT.
Meanwhile, Spears is reportedly feeling “confident and strong” about the future of her conservatorship and appears to be looking to move on with her life. She’s said to be awaiting a marriage proposal from boyfriend Sam Asghari as rumors she’s retiring from the music industry swirl.
Several high-profile figures including Elon Musk, Madonna and Paris Hilton have recently expressed support for Spears, while her sister Jamie Lynn has openly declared that despite not using the #FreeBritney hashtag, she supports her sister.