By Aditi Shukla
On June 23, 2021, Britney Spears officially requested a judge to end her conservatorship and accused her father of guardianship abuse.
For the past 13 years, Britney Spears’s father, James Spears, has had complete control over his daughter’s personal and financial life. This stemmed from a ruling by the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2008 after Spears had several public mental breakdowns.
Her father, James Spears, and attorney, Andrew Wallet claim that the conservatorship is to oversee her financial and life decisions, but also to protect her from people they deem unfit for her life. For instance, Britney Spears had requested a restraining order be issued against Sam Lufti in 2009 and 2019 because he was a bad influence when she was having her mental breakdowns. Britney Spears' lawyers claimed that Sam Lufti was trying to cause trouble in her life and trying to interfere with the conservatorship. Currently, he must stay at least 200 yards away from her.
Britney Spears has fought back, stating that she has lost her freedom. She filed a lawsuit against those responsible for the conservatorship. The case was scheduled for June 23rd.
On the day before the ruling, however, Spears called 911 and self-reported herself as a victim of “conservatorship abuse.” The next day, Spears made her most recent public and official statement, which addressed her situation. She explained that she was abused emotionally, financially, and medically. She stated that everyone who had been a part of this abuse, including her dad and managers, should be arrested. She also blamed many of the issues with the conservatorship on the California legal system.
Much of the public shares a similar concern, which started back in 2009 with the #FreeBritney campaign. This campaign holds support for Britney in terms of getting back control over her professional and personal affairs. We are now waiting for the conclusion of this case to see how the cause of the movement progresses.