A California judge has granted pop icon Britney Spears’s request and removed her father Jamie from controlling her multi-million dollar fortune. The pop singer who has been under a strict conservatorship controlled by her father for years will finally have some financial independence after the judge shifted control to an independent accountant who will be in control until the full conservatorship comes to an end.
According to The Daily Wire:
“[F]or the first time since 2008, Ms. Spears, 39, will be without her father’s oversight, a Los Angeles judge has ruled, as the singer moves toward terminating her conservatorship altogether,” the New York Times reported late Wednesday. “At a hearing on Wednesday, Judge Brenda Penny granted a petition by Ms. Spears’s lawyer, suspending Mr. Spears, 69, from his position as overseer of his daughter’s $60 million estate — a move Ms. Spears was pleading for, her lawyer said.”
Judge Brenda Penny, who is presiding over the current assessment of Britney Spears’ conservatorship — a complicated life management schematic that the singer has lived under for the past 13 years — said Wednesday in her ruling that the current situation is “not tenable,” and that Jamie Spears is suspended from handling Britney’s accounts.
“She named a California accountant, John Zabel, as the temporary conservator of the singer’s finances,” taking a recommendation from Britney Spears’ lawyer.
Interestingly, Penny did not fully terminate Jamie Spears’ relationship with the conservatorship, conceding to Britney Spears’ wishes. Britney’s attorneys had requested Jamie Spears remain connected to the matter so that they could “further investigate” his conduct, according to the New York Times.
However, the judge has yet to rule on the full conservatorship as Jamie Spears was only in control of finances while other matters such as Britney’s life, health, and household decisions were controlled by a different conservator.
Jamie Spears released the following statement:
“For thirteen years, he has tried to do what is in her best interests, whether as a conservator or her father. This started with agreeing to serve as her conservator when she voluntarily entered into the conservatorship,” he said through his attorney. “This included helping her revive her career and re-establish a relationship with her children. For anyone who has tried to help a family member dealing with mental health issues, they can appreciate the tremendous amount of daily worry and work this required.”