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    The court battle continues between Britney Spears and her father, Jamie Spears, who has controlled her estate and finances since 2008. At that time, a judge appointed Britney’s father as a conservator, giving him control of her wealth and medical decisions, due to his daughter’s “mental health issues” and her inability to care for her own estate at the time. Since then, a “Free Britney” movement has circulated and trended, which has recently been heightened by The New York Times‘ recent documentary release Framing Britney Spears.

    The case continued as Britney’s attorney met with her father and his attorneys in court on Thursday to go over the matters. The judge decided that for the time being, Jamie will continue as co-conservator alongside financial institution Bessemer Trust. The judge denied Jamie’s request for full conservatorship. Britney is fighting to have her father completely removed from any control over her estate. Another court hearing will be held March 17th. Britneys attorney Samuel D. Ingham III stated, “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”

    RESPONSE

    Britney’s fans celebrate the small win but believe that Britney should have more control of her own estate and life. Many disagree with conservatorship as a whole and argue that it can easily be abused.

    “Even when there is no abuse, conservatorships limit a person’s ability to advocate for themselves, learn from their decisions and mistakes, and grow and develop. There is a risk in being told that your opinions, your likes and dislikes, don’t matter — it makes it harder to stand up to abuse or neglect.”

    Zoe Brennan-Krohn, Staff Attorney with the ACLU Disability Rights Program

    What happened at Britney Spears’ court hearing today: a bunch of people who aren’t Britney Spears got paid BY Britney Spears to decide what to do with Britney Spears’ money, without her consent or approval. AKA – same shit different day,” wrote comedian Babs Gray. LA Times contributor Kurt Bardella tweeted, “The conservatorship system is in need of massive reform. Wow. That a court would allow such glaring conflict-of-interests to exist is corrupt.” LGBTQ activist Steph Frosch asked, “Can someone please explain to me why when Britney Spears has a mental break she is deemed ‘crazy’ and put in a conservatorship, But when Kanye West has a mental break he is considered a genius?’ Oh, yeah. Misogyny!”

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