Britney Spears’ new attorney filed court papers Monday seeking to remove the singer’s father as the conservator of her estate and replace him with a San Fernando Valley accountant.
Attorney Matt Rosengart’s motion requests that Jamie Spears be replaced by Woodland Hills accountant Jason Rubin.
Britney Spears has repeatedly decried her father’s involvement in the conservatorship, calling him an abusive figure who relishes the power he wields over her career. During an emotional court hearing last month, the singer demanded an end to the conservatorship entirely, something Rosengart said last week he would work to accomplish.
Jamie Spears has been serving as the sole conservator of his daughter’s estate. A wealth-management company, the Bessemer Trust, had been appointed to serve as a co-executor of the estate. But the company withdrew from the job before it ever even started, citing Britney Spears’ June court testimony saying she wanted the conservatorship to end entirely. Bessemer’s court papers indicated it was unwilling to participate in an involuntary conservatorship.
A court hearing on Spears’ conservatorship was being held Monday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles. The hearing was not expected to immediately address the push to remove Jamie Spears as the estate conservator. That issue was not expected to be addressed until December.
It was not immediately clear what would be decided during the Monday hearing. There was speculation that Judge Brenda Perry might consider a request by Jodi Montgomery — the conservator of Britney Spears’ person — for funding to pay for additional personal security.
Montgomery said she had been subjected to escalating threats of violence following Spears’ emotional June testimony condemning the conservatorship and virtually everyone involved with it.
Penny held a hearing on Montgomery’s petition July 19, but the lawyers asked that they be allowed more time to discuss Montgomery’s security issue.
Montgomery maintained in her court papers that she has seen a “marked increase” in threats directed at her on social media and through text messages, phone calls and emails.
“Many of the messages threaten violence and even death against petitioner (Montgomery),” according to the court papers. “Security has determined the security risk to be serious enough to recommend that 24/7 physical security be provided to (Montgomery) on an interim basis in order to protect her from harm.”
Rosengart has yet to file a petition to end the conservatorship.
Jaime Spears’ attorney, Vivian Thoreen, told the judge during a July 14 hearing that the elder Spears plans to stay in his role.
The long-lingering conservatorship has prompted Spears’ fans to launch an online FreeBritney movement, calling for an end to the oversight of the 39-year-old singer’s life and affairs. Organizers of the movement held a colorful rally outside the downtown courthouse during the July 14 hearing, when Spears also addressed the court.
A hearing scheduled Sept. 29 will deal with many of the accounting issues that have been delayed for months in getting resolved.
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