Britney Spears’ father claimed he’s “ready to stand aside” as her conservator on Thursday, but believes that there’s no need for him to be replaced or resign from the job, which he’s held. James “Jamie” Spears’ legal team said in a response to a petition to remove him that he entered into his daughter’s life in 2008 through the conservatorship because she was “desperately in need of resources”. According to the filing, Britney Spears was suffering emotionally.
“Mr. Spears is willing to stand aside when the time is appropriate, but the transition must be orderly and include the conclusion of ongoing Court proceedings.”
According to the affidavit, Jamie Spears had been working on a transition with his daughter’s previous attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III.
In the document, it’s unclear to whom he was attempting to delegate his authority. Bessemer Trust, a banking institution, was appointed as a co-conservator last year, but it resigned from the case this month.
Instead, Jamie Spears’ filing states that various issues pending in the conservatorship must be resolved before he may be removed.
Mr. Spears will be able to step away after these issues are settled, according to the filing. “However, Mr. Spears’ immediate suspension has no convincing reasons.” The court is expected to announce a ruling at a hearing next month.
In a filing on Monday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny denied the petition to continue the hearing. Britney Spears’ mental health, according to Rosengart, is being harmed by her father’s influence over her life.
Britney Spears’ conservator-of-the-person, Jodi Montgomery, signed a declaration last month alleging that the existing father-daughter dynamic was not constructive. Jamie Spears’ statement on Thursday addressed charges made by his ex-wife, Lynne Spears, who also signed a declaration saying she didn’t believe he was acting in their daughter’s benefits. Jamie Spears’ “totally microscopic control” over their daughter through threats and pressure, she claimed, had turned their relationship to “fear and hatred.”
Britney Spears was being treated by a “sports enhancement” doctor hired by Jamie Spears during that time, according to Lynne Spears, who was “prescribing what I and many others felt to be an absolutely inappropriate prescription to my daughter, who did not want to take the medicinal drugs.”
Lynne Spears “has not acknowledged the entire degree” of the kind of care and treatment their daughter required for her mental health, according to Jamie Spears. According to the petition, the doctor was a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who was approved by Britney Spears after an interview.
“During which time he took millions of dollars from his daughter’s inheritance,” the statement said. He also denied coercing his daughter to “do anything,” even putting her in an inpatient institution.