Entertainment Britney Spears Judge Approves Bessemer Trust's Request to Withdraw as Estate Co-Conservator
Britney Spears Felt Her Conservatorship Was an 'Oppressive and Controlling Tool Against Her' in 2016: Report
According to the New York Times, a probate investigator concluded that Britney Spears' conservatorship remained necessary after speaking with the singer, her doctors and her conservators five years agoOn Tuesday, The New York Times released a report citing sealed court documents from 2016 in which the newspaper quoted from records, transcripts and reports from conversations between Spears and a probate investigator in her case. The documents - which the outlet said provide only a "snapshot" of Spears' "sentiments and situation" - were meant to remain confidential.
Bessemer Trust is no longer the co-conservator of' estate.
Just on Thursday, the company entrusted to handle Spears' estate alongside her father Jamie Spears, asking for the change to be made on an "expedited basis" while citing Britney's claim of "irreparable harm to her interests."
Their request was granted on Friday morning, according to a court document obtained by PEOPLE — L.A. Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruling that Bessemer Trust's resignation would be "immediately effective."
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The singer is expected to address the court on June 23. ET's breaking down everything you need to know about the ongoing legal case.The 39-year-old singer is expected to appear remotely before a judge on June 23 to address the court directly. This will mark the first time in years that Britney will speak in court about the conservatorship, which has been extended until September 2021.
Bessemer Trust Company of California joined as co-conservator of Britney's estate last year. In February, judge Penny ruled that the company would continue being co-conservators of the 39-year-old's estate, alongside her father.
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In the request to withdraw from their role in the pop star's estate, the company said they believed that Britney had "consented" to having them as her co-conservator.
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Amber Tamblyn drew parallels to Britney Spears' life in the spotlight after the pop star spoke out about the negative effects of her conservatorship in court "One of Ms. Spears's most disturbing claims this week was that she was forced to get an IUD to prevent her from having more children; it was not just her money they wanted to control, but also her body, because in entertainment, for young women, the two are almost invariably intertwined," Tamblyn wrote, before detailing a similar experience.
"As a result of the Conservatee's testimony at the June 23 hearing, however, Petitioner has become aware that the Conservatee objects to the continuance of her Conservatorship and desires to terminate the Conservatorship," the document, obtained by PEOPLE, reads. "Petitioner has heard the Conservatee and respects her wishes."
The document also included declarations from Jeff Glowacki, managing director at Bessemer Trust Company, where he states he was contacted by Britney's attorney Samuel Ingham III, stating that the conservatorship was "voluntary" and that Britney consented to having Bessemer as a conservator; he also claimed that the company has played no part in making any decisions since being instated in November 2020.
Christina Aguilera Says Britney Spears 'Deserves All of the Freedom Possible' After Conservatorship Hearing
Britney Spears gave an impassioned testimony in court last week, where she advocated to end the conservatorship she has been under for 13 years . "These past few days I've been thinking about Britney and everything she is going through," Aguilera tweeted alongside a throwback photo of the pair. "It is unacceptable that any woman, or human, wanting to be in control of their own destiny might not be allowed to live life as they wish." She continued, "To be silenced, ignored, bullied or denied support by those "close" to you is the most depleting, devastating and demeaning thing imaginable.
Bessemer Trust Company's request to end their co-conservatorship of Britney's estate leaves the singer's father Jamie, 68, as the sole conservator.
Jodi Montgomery has been the temporary conservator of Britney's person since 2019 — a role previously held by Jamie.
Britney was first placed under a conservatorship in 2008, with the court originally naming her father the permanent conservator of her person and attorney Andrew Wallet the permanent co-conservator of her estate. Wallet retired from his role as co-conservator in June 2019.
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On June 23, Britney addressed the court for the first time in years as she delivered an emotional testimony about the effects of her conservatorship and explained that she wants it to
"I want changes going forward. I deserve changes. I was told I have to sit down and be evaluated, again, if I want to end the conservatorship," she told the court then. "Ma'am, I didn't know I could [contest] the conservatorship. I'm sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn't know that. But honestly, I don't think I owe anyone to be evaluated."
Since the emotional testimony,regarding who is responsible for Britney's "suffering."
Britney Spears shoots sharply against sister and father .
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