Britney Spears says she’s ‘afraid’ of father Jamie and won’t perform again unless he quits conservatorship – The Sun

BRITNEY Spears said she won't perform again unless her father Jamie quits her conservatorship.

The 38-year-old singer is "afraid" of Jamie and doesn't want him to be "in charge" of her career anymore, her attorney revealed.

Jamie has had full control over Britney's financial and personal affairs since her public meltdown in 2008.

But since August, the mother-of-two has been battling in court to remove Jamie from the guardianship.

Her attorney Samuel D. Ingham III requested for Jamie to be suspended from his central role in the conservatorship, during a hearing at an LA court on Tuesday.

"My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career," Ingham told the judge.

The Gimme More singer has been on an indefinite work hiatus since early 2019.

Judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend Jamie from the court conservatorship – but said she would consider future petitions for his suspension or outright removal, which Ingham plans to file.

Jamie's attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, said Jamie has had a perfect record in his run as Britney's conservator, which has seen her net worth go from in debt to well over $60 million.

"I don't believe there is a shred of evidence to support my client's suspension," she said.

Britney's mom and Jamie's ex-wife Lynne Spears took part in the hearing as an interested party.

Her attorney called their relationship "toxic" and said Britney shouldn't be forced to obey her father's unreasonable demands.

"It has broken Lynne's heart that things have come to this point," the attorney, Gladstone N. Jones, said.

Jones said Lynne has no ill will toward her ex-husband, but she thinks it's "time to start fresh" and remove him.

"Contentiousness is not uncommon in families, but this is not a usual family."

Elsewhere in the hearing, the judge approved Britney's request that a corporate fiduciary, the Bessemer Trust, will now serve as co-conservator over her estate along with her father.

The conservatorship began in 2008 when she was having serious mental struggles and an often public meltdown.

The arrangements are normally limited to people with severely diminished ability to make decisions for themselves, and are meant to be temporary, but Britney, 38, has remained under court control longer than anyone expected.

Ingham on Tuesday called her a "high-functioning conservatee" who deserves at least notice of the actions her father is taking, which he has declined to provide.

He added that Britney has not spoken to her father in a very long time.

A ruling on who will ultimately run Britney's conservatorship is not expected until February 2021.

The Womanizer singer has acknowledged that the conservatorship was necessary when it began, and probably saved her career, and she remained silent both in public and in court for nearly all of its existence, with her attorney acting mostly as a neutral observer.

But starting in August she began publicly seeking to choose who had power over her and asking for greater transparency in the court's often secret moves.

She has even declared that she was sympathetic to fans who have increasingly demanded in protests and online posts that those in control must #FreeBritney.

Dozens of those fans protested outside the downtown Los Angeles courthouse as they do for every Spears hearing.

Britney also cited his recent failure to notify her that her business manager had resigned and he had appointed a new one.

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