Britney Spears’ father has lost his bid to retain some of his rights over the pop star’s estate.
Jamie Spears has controlled his daughter’s finances and personal affairs since she was admitted to hospital in 2008, as part of a contentious legal agreement.
The conservatorship known as guardianship in many US states is normally a temporary measure for people with diminished ability who struggle to make decisions for themselves.
In November last year, the 39-year-old unsuccessfully tried to oust her father from the role – and the judge in that hearing named private wealth management firm the Bessemer Trust as a co-conservator instead.
At the time, her lawyer had said she was scared of her father and would not resume her singing career while he had power over it.
At a hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday, Mr Spears lost a bid for the right to delegate investment powers for the estate, which was worth $60m (£43m) as of last year.
Jamie Spears’ lawyer Vivian Thoreen said there was “no intent or desire” for the two conservators to be unequal and that Mr Spears intended to delegate the estate’s investment power to the wealth management firm, rather than a third party.
Ms Thoreen said the agreement with the firm made after last year’s hearing had been “unclear and ambiguous by design” in an effort to take authority away from Mr Spears.
Britney Spears has sold more than 100 million records but has not performed live since October 2018, and Mr Spears’ lawyers have previously insisted his management of her affairs saved her from financial ruin.
For the first 11 years of the conservatorship, Mr Spears was co-conservator with lawyer Andrew M Wallet, but Mr Wallet resigned in 2019.
Shortly afterwards, Mr Spears temporarily stepped down as conservator of his daughter’s personal affairs, citing health reasons, but kept his role as conservator of her finances.
Another hearing regarding the conservatorship is set for March 17.
It comes after a new documentary about the singer’s career was released in the US.
Framing Britney Spears is by The New York Times and explored her rise to fame, difficulties she has faced, and the controversy concerning her welfare.
Miley Cyrus, Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler are among the stars who have shown support for Spears following the release of the documentary.
Spears’s family did not participate in the documentary and it is expected to air in the UK during the spring.
Spears appeared to be referring to it in a social media post earlier this week, saying: “Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories.
“We all have so many different bright beautiful lives.
“Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person’s life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens.”
- Korle-Bu doctor poisons colleague’s water with HIV blood
- NSMQ 2021: 3-man Sandema SHTS team without supporters, books place in final U/E qualifiers
- Missing ‘okada’ rider found dead in the bush
- EC must review processes leading to 2020 election results collation – Akoto Ampaw
- Keep an eye on househelps to curb sexual abuse – Victim of child defilement advises parents
- #FixTheCountry: Convenors of protest disappointed in Supreme Court over hearing scheduled for June
- 20 arrested in Atewa forest aren’t national security operatives – Oppong Nkrumah
- Prince Misizulu named next Zulu king amid family feud
- Ghana loses $200m to untapped online forex trading market
- Akufo-Addo has not lived up to expectation – Kofi Bentil
Pastor Allen Caiquo releases ‘Finally’ ahead of ‘Priest & King’ EP
#FixTheCountry organisers exhibited ‘bad faith’ during National Security meeting – Godfred Dame
Blaq Jerzee recruits Marioo, Eddy Kenzo on ’Sokoma’ track
13 types of guys who stay single and don’t ever find lasting love
Blunt and Blay: Real reason why the Church won’t allow a Muslim student to fast in a ‘Mission School’
I have no regrets participating in ‘OccupyFlagstaffHouse’ protest – Kofi Bentil
Neymar signs new Paris St-Germain contract
National security cloned #FixTheCountry protester’s mobile phone – Baker-Vormawor alleges
Akufo-Addo has not lived up to expectation – Kofi Bentil
Doubts over venue for Champions League final between Chelsea and Man City as Turkey added to red list
Covid-19: GHS Director of Health Promotion advises against #FixTheCountry demonstration
FanMilk launches NutriDay zinc fortified yoghurt
Software developer volunteers to teach youth programming
Libya: Gunmen storm hotel used as Presidential Council HQ
Covid-19: Roll-out for second doses to begin May 19