A federal judge in Los Angeles, California has suspended the conservatorship between Britney Spears and her father James in a long-awaited and major victory for the pop music superstar.
The “Kafkaesque nightmare imposed upon her” – as Spears and her attorney Mathew Rosengart described it – began in 2008 following a series of personal mental health complications that threatened to upend Spears’s career. It quickly devolved into systematic control over every aspect of the performer’s life, including her ability to see her children, get married, spend the money she earned on tours, and travel freely. It also forced Spears to live in supervised confinement that she has testified under oath had frequently resulted in physical and psychological abuse by her caregivers.
“Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny agreed with a petition from Spears and her attorney that James Spears needs to give up his role as conservator. The decision comes months after the pop star pleaded for her father’s removal in dramatic court hearings,” the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
“The current situation is untenable,” Penny remarked upon delivering her ruling. “It reflects a toxic environment which requires the suspension of James Spears.”
Throughout the summer, Spears has made “serious allegations regarding forced medical treatment and therapy, improper medical care, and limitations on personal rights” that are “untested,” and has – slowly – opened up about her experiences with the public and her devoted fans.
Millions of people are part of the “Free Britney” movement, which frequently holds protests outside of courthouses demanding that Britney be set free and given permission to live her life on her own terms.
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