translated from Spanish: Britney Spears’ father calls for an end to his daughter’s guardianship

Jamie Spears, the father of Britney Spears, asked a court on Tuesday to end the guardianship of his daughter, a controversial legal regime by which her father has controlled the finances and life of the singer for 13 years. The pop star’s defense described as a “massive victory” the decision of Jamie Spears, who less than a month ago announced his intention to abandon his role as legal guardian, but until now planned to leave in the hands of someone else that control function he has exercised since 2008. As Mr. Spears has said time and time again, all he wants is the best for his daughter. If Miss Spears wants to end the guardianship and believes she can manage her own life, Mr. Spears believes she should have that opportunity,” said the father’s attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen.In a new document filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, which is handling the case, Thoreen argued that “it could be that there are no longer grounds to establish a guardianship.” This is a step further from his Announcement on August 12, when Jamie Spears resigned from continuing as legal guardian of his daughter but asked that the regime remain in the hands of someone else, and did not clarify when that transition would occur. In June, Britney Spears denounced as “abusive” her legal guardianship, a figure that in the US is reserved for disabled or seriously ill people, who cannot take care of themselves. In a telephone statement to the court, the 39-year-old singer then begged to be allowed to recover her life and reported that, although she would like to have a baby, her guardians would not let her go to the doctor to remove the IUD (intrauterine device) that she has inserted. Although the artist asked the court to remove her father as legal guardian, so far she has not formally requested the end of the guardianship, which since 2019 is divided in two, with the financial part in the hands of Jamie Spears and the personal aspect in those of the lawyer Jodi Montgomery.La judge who takes the case, Brenda Penny, will now have to decide whether to accept the new request of the singer’s father, and the next hearing of the litigation is scheduled for September 29. Britney Spears’ lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, described the news as a “massive” victory for the artist, but warned that they will continue to explore options to sue the father for his alleged negligent handling of the singer’s finances. If Mr. Spears believes he can dodge justice and accountability, including an affidavit and answering questions under oath, he is wrong,” Rosengart, who has represented the singer since July, said in a statement. Britney’s father took over her personal life and finances in 2008, following a period of erratic behaviour by the singer. Although the measure was temporary in its beginning, it has been maintained over 13 years in which the artist has performed, published albums and starred in a millionaire show in Las Vegas between 2013 and 2017, sometimes against her will. The conflict between the singer and her father has generated a great movement in social networks in support of the artist, with the slogan “#FreeBritney” (Freedom for Britney), a clamor that gained momentum this year after the premiere of the documentary about the tutelage “Framing Britney Spears”.

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