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Britney Spears to speak about conservatorship in US court today

Britney was deemed unable to take care of herself after a series of public breakdowns in 2008
Britney Spears is set to address a US court in a dramatic escalation in the long-running row with her father (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Britney Spears is set to address a US court in a dramatic escalation in the long-running row with her father (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Neasa Cumiskey

Britney Spears is set to address a US court today during a highly anticipated hearing about the management of her life and career.

The pop superstar’s personal affairs and finances have been overseen by a court-ordered conservatorship – a legal arrangement usually reserved for the elderly or infirm – since 2008.

She was deemed unable to look after herself following a series of public breakdowns captured by paparazzi cameras.

Her father Jamie Spears (68) was granted a temporary conservatorship in February 2008 and placed in charge of Britney’s life and finances, which was extended indefinitely in October that year.

In September 2019, he stepped down from overseeing her personal affairs due to health reasons. Britney’s caregiver, Jodi Montgomery, was named as his replacement.

Spears has since tried to oust her father from his role running her multimillion-dollar estate, a position he shares with wealth management firm Bessemer Trust.

She is set to directly address a judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday and is expected to discuss her father’s role and the conservatorship before the court.

Spears most recently spoke in court in May 2019, but the room was cleared for the hearing. It remains unknown if Spears’ comments today will be made in open court.

Ms Spears’ expected court appearance comes after months of escalation in the conservatorship case.

In November, her lawyer Samuel Ingham told the court that Ms Spears was “afraid” of Jamie Spears and would not perform again while he remained conservator.

She has not performed live since October 2018.

Her life and career attracted renewed attention earlier this year following the release of The New York Times’ headline-making documentary Framing Britney Spears.


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