Pop icon Britney Spears’ has lost her battle to have her father removed from his role as conservator of her estate, despite widespread public support and an impassioned plea to the court last week.
“The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of the estate is denied without prejudice,” the court documents, which were obtained by Fox News, state.
Spears’ court-appointed lawyer, Sam Ingham, asked the court to replace Jamie Spears with the Bessemer Trust. According to TMZ, Ingham reportedly only recently filed paperwork requesting that Bessemer be appointed as a co-conservator, which was approved, though the outlet reports that additional paperwork to make Bessemer’s role official has yet to be filed.
Ingham had initially filed the motion to remove Jamie late last year, saying that Spears was “afraid of her father.” The motion was denied and he recently refiled. The star has also said she wouldn’t perform again until her father was no longer in control of her career.
In her 24-minute address to the court last week, the star claimed that her father “loved” the control that he held over her thanks to the “abusive” guardianship. Spears asked for her statements to a Los Angeles courtroom could be shared publicly.
“I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work and provide money and work for myself and pay other people,” Spears told Judge Brenda Penny. “It makes no sense.”
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