Britney Spears’ father agrees to step down as pop star’s conservator | Ents & Arts News
Britney Spears’ father has agreed to step down as the pop star’s conservator.
Court documents say: “Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and include a resolution of matters pending before the Court.
“In order to reach that result, the Court should encourage all interested parties to meet and confer in order to resolve those pending matters in the best interests of Ms. Spears.”
According to court documents, Mr Spears says he is “the unremitting target of unjustified attacks” but “he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests.”
The filing says James Spears will fight the petition to force him out but will work with the court and Spears’ attorney Matthew Rosengart to “prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”
Mr Spears lawyers also hit out at Spears’ mother, Lynne.
He said: “Instead of criticizing Mr Spears, Lynne should be thanking him for ensuring Ms. Spears’ well-being and for persevering through the years-long tenure requiring his 365/24/7 attention, long days and sometimes late nights, to deal with day-to-day and emergency issues – all to protect Ms Spears and those around her charged with protecting his daughter.”
Mr Rosengart, said in a statement: “We are pleased that Mr Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed.
“It is vindication for Britney. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms Spears and others.”
Jamie Spears has largely controlled her life since 2008, when she was placed into a conservatorship following some difficulties with her mental health.
On 27 July, Mr Rosengart made a court filing seeking to remove her father from his role overseeing her finances as part of her conservatorship.
The Baby One More Time singer recently said she would never perform again while her father remains in control of her life, and has repeatedly called for his removal.
In a court appearance last month, Spears said she wanted her father to be charged with conservatorship abuse and removed from the legal agreement that has controlled her life for more than 13 years.