LOS ANGELES – Pop star Britney Spears fears her father and has vowed to continue to not perform until he no longer has control over her career, an attorney for the singer said on Tuesday.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge upheld James “Jamie” Spears role as conservator of his daughter’s estate, which has had control over her career and finances for the last 12 years, during a hearing to review accounting, appoint conservators and review other motions in the long-running legal saga.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” attorney Samuel D. Ingham III said. “She will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career.”
Ingham said Spears and her father have not spoken in a long time.
Spears did score a small victory. At her request, the judge did appoint a financial fiduciary as co-conservator, the Bessemer Trust, and said the court would consider future petitions to remove or suspend him, which Ingham said he intends to file.
Spears, 38, and her mother Lynne both urged Jamie to step down as conservator, which he has held since 2008 when the performer had a much publicized breakdown. Spears did not attend the hearing. Her parents were present through videoconferencing.
Jamie Spears attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen defended the father’s record, citing the singer’s net worth increase from debt to more than $60 million.
“I don’t believe there is a shred of evidence to support my client’s suspension,” she said.
Spears has not performed publicly since 2018. She ended a Las Vegas residency in January 2019 before it started. She then checked in to a mental health facility.
Conservatorships are typically limited to people with diminished ability to make decisions and are temporary. Spears has been under this control longer than expected. She has said the conservatorship was necessary when it started but in August started seeking more transparency. Jamie Spears stepped down briefly last year for health reasons.
“(His) sole motivation has been his unconditional love for his daughter and a fierce desire to protect her from those trying to take advantage of her,” attorneys for Jamie Spears said in court documents.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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