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Entertainment Spears set to make rare remarks to conservatorship judge

08:15  23 june  2021
08:15  23 june  2021 Source:   ap.org

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the most anticipated hearing in the case in years, Britney Spears is expected to address a judge overseeing the conservatorship that has controlled the pop star's money and affairs since 2008.

FILE - Britney Spears arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Britney Spears arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" on July 22, 2019. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she'll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

If Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny does not make a last-minute decision Wednesday to seal the proceedings, Spears' words will be heard in open court for the first time in the 13-year conservatorship.

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  Britney Spears' Conservatorship Battle, Explained: How It Came to Be and Why She's Speaking Out Now 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.

The hearing has been eagerly awaited by the fans in the so-called #FreeBritney movement, who feel she is being controlled unfairly against her will and are likely to gather outside the courthouse in large numbers.

Spears, who is scheduled to take part remotely, asked for the hearing so she could address the court directly.

Her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, made the request at an April 28 hearing. He gave no indication of what the 39-year-old pop star wants to say.

But in recent court filings, Spears has sought a greater say over who runs the conservatorship, and has asked that her father, who had extensive power over her life and money for most of its existence, be removed.

Spears said through Ingham that she fears her father James Spears, and would not end a 2 1/2-year pause on her career as long as he has control over it.

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  Jamie Spears Acknowledges Britney’s “Suffering” After Bombshell Conservatorship Testimony Jamie Spears' attorney said he is "sorry to see his daughter suffering" in the midst of their conservatorship court battle. Britney Spears testified that the set-up is "abusive" and controlling.Britney Spears testified during the public hearing that her conservatorship is "abusive," saying she wants it to end.

The judge declined to remove James Spears entirely, though he now plays a smaller role. He serves as co-conservator of her finances along with estate management firm the Bessemer Trust, and in 2019 relinquished his role as conservator over his daughter's life choices to a court-appointed professional.


Video: Britney Spears to testify this week in conservatorship case (FOX News)

Last week, Britney Spears said on Instagram that she wasn’t sure if she will ever perform live again.

“I have no idea,” she said, answering a fan who asked when she planned to take the stage. “I’m having fun right now. I’m in a transition in my life and I’m enjoying myself. So that's it.”

Britney Spears has spoken in court in the conservatorship before, but the courtroom was always cleared and transcripts sealed.

The last time she was known to have addressed the judge was in May 2019.

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  Wendy Williams says 'death to' Britney Spears' parents following conservatorship testimony Williams' outburst comes after Britney Spears publicly addressed a court for the first time to formally request an end to her conservatorship.Earlier this week, Spears addressed a Los Angeles court for the first time to formally request an end to her conservatorship, the legal guardianship that has put her estate, financial assets, and many aspects of her personal life under the control of her father, Jamie Spears, and the Bessemer Trust since 2008.

Spears has since requested greater transparency from the court since then, and Penny has allowed far more to remain public.

The singer has never asked the court to end the conservatorship entirely, though she has emphasized in documents that she reserves the right to do so at any time.

It was put in place as she underwent a mental health crisis in 2008. She has credited it with saving her from financial ruin and keeping her a top flight pop star.

Her father and his attorneys have emphasized that she and her fortune, which court records put at more than $50 million, remain vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. Under the law, the burden would be on Spears to prove she is competent to be released and free to make her own choices.

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Britney Spears Judge Approves Bessemer Trust's Request to Withdraw as Estate Co-Conservator .
Bessemer Trust's resignation from Britney Spears' conservatorship is "immediately effective," a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled on Friday morningJust on Thursday, the company entrusted to handle Spears' estate alongside her father Jamie Spears filed to remove itself as the singer's co-conservator, asking for the change to be made on an "expedited basis" while citing Britney's claim of "irreparable harm to her interests.

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