A Los Angeles County judge has granted Britney Spears’ request to hire her own counsel in the ongoing battle over her conservatorship.
The singer’s new counsel, Mathew Rosengart, announced in court on Wednesday that he would be filing paperwork within the next few weeks to end the conservatorship, which gives Spears’ father, Jamie, control over her $50 million dollar fortune, Deadline reports.
Rosengart told reporters outside the courthouse that “Jamie Spears should be removed as conservator because it is in [the] best interest of the conservatee.” He added that his legal team “would be moving promptly and aggressively for [Jamie Spears’] removal. The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that’s what’s in the best interest of the conservatee.”
The singer is petitioning the court to end the conservatorship, which has been in effect since 2008, following her public breakdown.
At a hearing last month, Spears requested that she choose her own counsel, claiming that her court-appointed representative, Samuel D. Ingham, had discouraged her from speaking out against the conservatorship, which she described as abusive. Ingham, who had represented Spears since 2008, resigned as her counsel on July 6.
Although Ingham had stated in his resignation that he would remain counsel until Spears was assigned another court-appointed attorney, she was instead granted permission to retain her own counsel.
Spears took to Instagram to celebrate her victory, posting a video of herself first on horseback, and then performing a series of cartwheels around a small lake. “I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED!!!!” she wrote in an emoji-speckled post that accompanied the video. “Thank you to my fans who are supporting me … You have no idea what it means to me [to] be supported by such awesome fans!!!!”
She ended the post with a simple hashtag: #FreeBritney.
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