A US judge has denied Britney Spears’ request to remove her father James Spears from his role as her conservator.
Britney recently spoke in an open court for the first time about her conservatorship, which allows someone else to control her money and personal life. She called the arrangement "abusive" and petitioned the court to both remove her father from the role and end the conservatorship altogether. She has been under the conservatorship for 13 years, ever since a public meltdown in 2008.
“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” the 39-year-old had said. “I deserve to have a life.”
Following her revelations that left the world stunned, her father sought a court probe to investigate his daughter's claims. James emphasised in a pair of documents that he has had no power over his daughter’s personal affairs for nearly two years.
Britney's request to remove her father was filed in November, long before she spoke in court, and is not a consequence of that hearing. The November request was to add Bessemer Trust to serve as co-conservator alongside her father.
"The conservator's request to suspend James P Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice," reads the court filing.