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Entertainment Britney Spears' father says 'no grounds' for his removal

07:56  07 august  2021
07:56  07 august  2021 Source:   ap.org

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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)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears' father said in a court filing Friday that there are “no grounds whatsoever” for removing him from the conservatorship that controls her money and affairs.

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James Spears “has dutifully and faithfully served as the conservator of his daughter’s estate without any blemishes on his record,” the filing said.

James Spears' filing also says that court-appointed professional Jodi Montgomery, who oversees Britney Spears' life decisions while her father handles her money, called him, distraught, last month and sought his help with his daughter's mental health struggles. Montgomery and her lawyer said in response that James Spears “misrepresented and manipulated” the call to use it to his own advantage.

James Spears' filing came in response to court papers filed a day earlier by Britney Spears' new attorney Matthew Rosengart, which requested an emergency hearing as soon as possible to suspend him from the conservatorship.

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Britney Spears' newly appointed lawyer Mathew Rosengart is interviewed outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse following a hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. Spears was granted permission by a judge to hire a lawyer of her own choice. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) © Provided by Associated Press Britney Spears' newly appointed lawyer Mathew Rosengart is interviewed outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse following a hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. Spears was granted permission by a judge to hire a lawyer of her own choice. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

James Spears said Rosengart “does not (and cannot) specify what the wrongdoing is” to prompt such a suspension.

James Spears stepped aside from the part of the conservatorship that controls his daughter's life decisions in 2019, with Montgomery taking over, though her official status remains temporary.

The allegations made by Britney Spears at hearings in June and July that seem to have spurred Rosengart's call for her father's removal, including “serious allegations regarding forced medical treatment and therapy, improper medical care, and limitations on personal rights,” are “untested” and involve issues that have long been Montgomery's responsibility, not his, said Jamie Spears' filing.

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James Spears says the call for his urgent removal is “ironic” considering the call he received from Montgomery on July 9.


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“Ms. Montgomery sounded very distraught and expressed how concerned she was about my daughters’ recent behavior and overall mental health," James Spears said in a personal declaration included with his court filing. "Ms. Montgomery explained that my daughter was not timely or properly taking her medications, was not listening to the recommendations of her medical team, and refused to even see some of her doctors. Ms. Montgomery said she was very worried about the direction my daughter was heading in and directly asked for my help to address these issues.”

A Britney Spears supporter waves a © Provided by Associated Press A Britney Spears supporter waves a "Free Britney" flag outside a court hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

James Spears said they discussed the possibility of hospitalizing Britney Spears on an emergency psychiatric hold.

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Montgomery acknowledged, in a statement through her attorney Lauriann Wright, having concerns about Britney Spears' behavior and mental health, but said James Spears' stepping down would only help.

The statement said “having her father Jamie Spears continuing to serve as her Conservator instead of a neutral professional fiduciary is having a serious impact on Ms. Spears’ mental health.”

At no time during the phone call did Montgomery suggest Britney Spears qualifies for a psychiatric hold, the statement said.

Montgomery reached out to Jamie Spears because she was concerned that an investigation of Britney Spears' allegations, which he was seeking, would be harmful to her.

“The concern that Ms. Montgomery did raise to Mr. Spears during their telephone call is that forcing Ms. Spears to take the stand to testify or to have her evaluated would move the needle in the wrong direction for her mental health,” the statement said.

Montgomery was “saddened” that the call “is now being misrepresented and manipulated" by James Spears "to gain some sort of tactical advantage in the pending proceedings to remove him.”

The fighting between those involved in the conservatorship has grown increasingly heated, and increasingly public, since Spears' dramatic testimony at a hearing on June 23, when she told a judge “ I just want my life back.”

A hearing to address Rosengart's petition to remove James Spears is scheduled for Sept. 29, unless the judge grants his request to hold one sooner.

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Britney Spears' Lawyer Claims Jamie Is Attempting to Extort $2 Million to Step Down as Conservator .
The singer's lawyer claims her father, Jamie Spears, is asking 'for approximately $2 million in payment' to step down as conservator.In new documents filed on Monday, attorney Mathew Rosengart alleged that Jamie is seeking $2 million in payments, according to multiple reports. Included in the sum are $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees, $500,000 to Britney's former management company and additional payments to Jamie himself, per Variety.

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