It’s been an interesting week for Britney Spears and the #FreeBritney movement, and now, there’s an interesting new development in the case involving her father, her conservatorship, and her estate.
While last week’s hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court continued that arrangement. Judge Brenda Penny overruled the objections of Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, to a third party, Bessemer Trust, having been established as co-conservator of her estate.
The pop star was placed into a legal conservatorship controlled by her father in 2008. It’s usual in that, as NPR pointed out, it’s “an arrangement more typically made for an elderly person or someone with cognitive impairment.”
NBC News, reporting on the case, noted that last year, Britney Spears filed a petition to remove her father from control, seeking to place a financial institution as the sole conservator over her estate. Her attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, argued at the time that she was afraid of her father and preferred a professional financial institution take over her estate.
Objections raised by James Spears’ attorney, Vivian Thoreen, on how the co-conservatorship would be delegated were rejected Thursday. Thoreen sought to have her client to be able to delegate investment powers, but he will now have to share that with Bessemer Trust.
NPR observed, “Spears’ situation has drawn renewed attention in the wake of The New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears,” which debuted last week on the FX channel and is streaming on Hulu.”
It went on to note, “It includes interviews with #FreeBritney activists and revisits the way that the media, comedians and the music industry characterized Spears during her rise to superstardom and during her very public struggles around the time of her divorce from former husband Kevin Federline and their battles over the custody of their two children.”