Much to the disappointment of troubled pop superstar Britney Spears, a judge this week denied a request from the songstress to expedite a hearing in the battle to remove her father, Jamie Spears, from a conservatorship put in place to manage her estate that dates back to 2008, as Variety reports.
Spears recently retained new legal counsel in her fight against her father’s continued role in her affairs, and that attorney’s petition to speed up a hearing previously — and still — slated for Sept. 29 was denied without prejudice by Judge Brenda Penny in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Lawyer Matthew Rosengart argued in his filing that “every day matters” when it comes to extricating his client from her father’s control, financially and otherwise, and he requested that the scheduled hearing be moved up a full month.
Rosengart claimed that Jamie Spears has been “dissipating” her once-considerable fortune and continues to wield “microscopic” and often inhumane control over her daily life, documenting in hard-dollar figures the extent to which he believes Britney Spears’ father has enriched himself by virtue of the conservatorship.
As the Daily Mail noted, Jamie Spears, for his part, opposes any change to the current arrangements and maintains that his daughter is “mentally sick” to a sufficient degree that she could well be subject to “involuntary psychiatric hospitalization” based on his own observations and those of temporary conservator overseeing Britney Spears’ personal and medical decisions, Jodi Montgomery.
Adding to the vexing nature of the case, Montgomery subsequently denied Jamie Spears’ characterization of her thoughts on Britney’s mental state, and she has continued to support the notion that the singer’s father should no longer be involved with the conservatorship, according to Variety.
Interest in the Britney Spears saga has extended far beyond music fans in recent months, with prominent lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressing support for her quest to be freed from her father’s control, even going so far as to introduce a bipartisan bill to enhance protections for those in guardianships, as The Hill noted.
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who joined with Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) to bring the legislation to the forefront, explained, “The fact that we have a Democrat and a Republican doing this in concert in Congress today is pretty extraordinary,” later adding, “This is really not a right versus left issue, this is a right versus wrong issue, and far too many times these things go wrong.”
In a recent discussion of the situation with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, actress Rose McGowan posed the rhetorical question of why anyone should “care about a rich pop princess,” but poignantly added, “it goes deeper than that…it goes to…the rot in the machine and how society also plays a part in a weird form of oppression,” suggesting that even while the masses lavished her with adoration, Britney Spears was effectively “being tortured.”