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Politics Matt Gaetz asked Britney Spears to speak to Congress about how she's been 'mistreated by America's legal system'

06:55  02 july  2021
06:55  02 july  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Britney Spears Felt Her Conservatorship Was an 'Oppressive and Controlling Tool Against Her' in 2016: Report

  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.

Matt Gaetz, Britney Spears looking at the camera: Rep. Matt Gaetz and other GOP lawmakers are inviting singer Britney Spears to testify in Congress. Alex Wong/Getty Images; Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic © Provided by Business Insider Rep. Matt Gaetz and other GOP lawmakers are inviting singer Britney Spears to testify in Congress. Alex Wong/Getty Images; Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
  • Florida lawmaker Matt Gaetz penned a letter to singer Britney Spears inviting her to testify in Congress.
  • "You have been mistreated by America's legal system. We want to help," Gaetz wrote.
  • The letter was also signed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and other GOP lawmakers.
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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has extended an invitation to singer Britney Spears to testify in Congress about her conservatorship battle and to tell the tale of how her "life, liberty, and happiness" was taken from her.

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

  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.

Penning a letter co-signed by other GOP lawmakers, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Utah Rep. Burgess Owens, and Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, Gaetz invited Spears to tell her story in Congress.

"You have been mistreated by America's legal system. We want to help. The United States Congress should hear your story and be inspired to bipartisan action," Gaetz wrote. "What happened to you should never happen to any other American. Congress can make things better, and you can inform our policy decisions. If you will speak to Congress, we are ready to listen."

"The federal courthouse door was closed to you and too many Americans," Gaetz continued, noting that Spears could give "hope to millions" by talking about her struggles.

Jamie Spears Acknowledges Britney’s “Suffering” After Bombshell Conservatorship Testimony

  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.

"Please take advantage of the empowerment that public congressional testimony can unlock," he added in the letter.

There has been an outpouring of support for Spears after she addressed a Los Angeles Court on June 24 in a plea to end her legal guardianship. Speaking for around 24 minutes, Spears described the controls the conservatorship imposed on her life, including being unable to remove an IUD implanted in her body.

On July 1, a judge denied Spears' request to remove her father, Jamie Spears, from her conservatorship. However, Bessemer Trust, the wealth-management firm acting as the co-conservator of Spears' estate, asked on Thursday to withdraw from the guardianship arrangement in light of the star's testimony.

Spears has now found another ardent champion in Gaetz, who seems intent on having her speak in the House. In a further attempt to get his message about Spears out, Gaetz went on conservative news network OAN on June 30 to say that "Britney Spears wants to tell her story."

Amber Tamblyn Supports Britney Spears in Essay About Young Fame: 'A Profoundly Radical Act'

  Amber Tamblyn Supports Britney Spears in Essay About Young Fame: 'A Profoundly Radical Act' 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.

"She's not someone who wants to just crawl under a rug and pretend this didn't happen. She wants accountability and justice, and I can think of no better place than the United States Congress to really tackle this problem and bring people together from all sides of politics to solve it," Gaetz said in his interview with OAN.

Gaetz has attempted to champion the "Free Britney" movement in the past. In March of this year, he called for a hearing on court-ordered conservatorships with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

Gaetz is the subject of an ongoing investigation into whether the Florida politician paid underage girls for sex.

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Madonna Expresses Support for Britney Spears: 'Give This Woman Her Life Back' .
The 62-year-old pop icon expressed her full support for Spears.The "Like a Virgin" singer took to Instagram Story to post a throwback photo of herself wearing a Britney shirt. She also expressed how she feels about Britney's conservatorship.

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