Britney Spears Speaking at Conservatorship Hearing Today: Details + Live Updates
Britney Spears' conservatorship hearing takes place today.
On Wednesday (June 23), the 39-year-old pop star will finally speak in court, virtually, regarding her controversial conservatorship battle against her father, Jamie Spears.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court said that there will be a live audio feed of the proceedings, which is scheduled for 4:30 PM ET. This hearing does not mean that a definite decision regarding the potential removal of Britney's father as conservator will be made today, as a decision of that caliber will likely depend on testimonies from medical professionals to assess Britney's mental health.
On Tuesday (June 22), The New York Times published previously sealed court documents regarding the conservatorship. The new report claimed that Britney has wanted the conservatorship to end since at least 2016. Britney allegedly told a court investigator that the conservatorship had "become an oppressive and controlling tool against her" and that she wanted it to end as soon as possible. The documents also revealed that Britney has wanted her father out of her conservatorship since 2014, and alleged that Jamie had been drinking heavily at the time.
Britney's attorney Samuel Ingham III recently said that Britney asked to be able to address the court soon, after which Judge Brenda Penny confirmed today's date. This will be the first time she's spoken in court since May 10, 2019.
According to the Los Angeles Times, members of the public can listen in through the court's Remote Audio Attendance program. You can create an account to do so here. The type of case is "Probate" and the case number is BP108870.
LIVE UPDATES BELOW:
Updates to come here as the conservatorship hearing takes place today. Stay tuned.
- 6:28 PM ET: The court halted audio proceedings following the news that someone was recording the hearing.
- 6:18 PM ET: After a brief recess court is back in session. Jamie said that he is sorry to see his daughter in pain
- 5:56 PM ET: Conservator Jodi Montgomery's attorney has a potential care plan for her. Britney said that she wants to be in agreement with it and attend therapy only at locations where paparazzi are waiting outside.
- 5:40 PM ET: Britney claimed that she had an IUD implanted and wants it removed though she can not currently make that decision. She also said that she wants to be able to get married and have a baby.
- 5:37 PM ET: Britney noted that some of her family needs to be reminded that "they work for me."
- 5:28 PM ET: According to The Independent, Britney said that she is depressed, not happy and can't sleep. She continued, “My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management … they should be in jail.” She later added, "It’s not OK to force me to do anything I don’t want to. The conservatorship should end. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive."
- 5:15 PM ET: According to Fox News, Britney said that she has felt exploited and wanted to keep this hearing open to the public
- 5:08 PM ET: Court is in session with Judge Brenda Penny presiding
- 5:00 PM ET: Britney fans rally outside the courthouse amid the pop star's court hearing
- 4:30 PM ET: The website for the court hearing appeared to freeze or crash for members of the public who tried to tune in to listen to the hearing
ABOUT BRITNEY SPEARS' CONSERVATORSHIP BATTLE:
Britney has been under a conservatorship since 2008 following her 2007 mental health crisis. At the time, she was taken to the hospital for "involuntary psychiatric evaluations."
A conservatorship is awarded when someone has "severely diminished mental capacity." Under a conservatorship, a court can grant someone the power to make life decisions for a person who is believed to be unable to do so safely. The exact reason for Britney's conservatorship is unknown by the public
Britney's father Jamie was acting as her personal conservator until September 2019, when he stepped down. He still remains a co-conservator for her finances. Assistant Jodi Montgomery is currently Britney's personal conservator, and is overseeing aspects of the pop star's life, including medical treatment and security.
However, Britney has requested that Jamie be removed from any conservatorship role, as she is reportedly scared of him and refuses to perform if he is left her co-conservator.
In April, Britney's mother Lynne requested in a court filing that Jamie's law firm reimburse Britney's estate for "unnecessary fees." According to Lynne, her ex-husband used the money to embark on "a national media tour" in an attempt to turn public opinion in his favor, instead of focusing on conservatorship dealings.