Britney Spears’ dad has requested an investigation into his daughter’s claims that she had been mistreated under a legal conservatorship.
In a court filing late on Tuesday, attorneys for Jamie Spears, 68, said that he was “greatly saddened to hear of his daughter’s difficulties and suffering” and “believes there must be an investigation into those claims.”
The Toxic singer, 39, has been under a conservatorship since she suffered a mental health breakdown in 2008 and made a string of allegations against her dad to a Los Angeles judge last week.
She told the judge that she wanted the “abusive” conservatorship to end.
However, Judge Brenda J Penny denied the pop star’s request to remove her estranged father on Wednesday, reports TMZ.
Britney’s lawyer, Sam Ingham, is said to have asked the court to suspend Jamie from conservatorship duties in November last year but the request was denied back then too.
The publication reports that the lawyer wanted Jamie replaced by Bessemer Trust, which would have become the sole conservator of her estate, but the judge rejected this call.
It is expected that Britney’s legal team will file a motion requesting to remove Jamie again.
Jamie is a joint conservator of his daughter’s finances and was in charge of her personal affairs until September 2019 when he stepped down.
Care manager Jodi Montgomery, a licensed fiduciary, was appointed temporary conservator of the singer’s personal affairs and Britney started a legal process last year to stop her father from ever returning to the position.
Jamie’s attorneys said in the new filing that he didn’t want to reclaim the position and was not involved in her “personal care or medical or reproductive issues.”
The filing in Los Angeles Superior Court said: “Mr. Spears has been unable to hear and address his daughter’s concerns directly because he has been cut-off from communicating with her.”
The attorneys also requested that the court held a hearing to decide whether Montgomery should still oversee the singer’s personal affairs given Britney Spears’ court testimony.
In a statement, Montgomery’s lawyer, Lauriann Wright, said that her client “has been a tireless advocate for Britney and for her well-being” and would present a care plan to the court “setting forth a path for termination of the conservatorship.”
The statement also said the conservatorship did not govern marriage or family planning.
“If Britney needs any assistance with either, Ms. Montgomery has and will be there to provide any assistance needed,” the statement said.
In her remarks to the court last week, Britney Spears called her father “ignorant” and controlling. “He loved every minute of it, the control he had. He loved it,” she said.