LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears
' father has asked the judge
overseeing his daughter's conservatorship
to look into her comments to a judge last week about the court's control over her medical treatment and personal life, which she described as overly restrictive and abusive.
In a pair of documents filed late Tuesday night, James Spears
stated unequivocally that he has had no control over his daughter's personal affairs for nearly two years.
According to his filing, the court must investigate "serious allegations of forced labor
, forced medical treatment and therapy
, improper medical care, and personal rights limitations."
“Given the nature
of the allegations and claims, it is critical that the court confirm whether or not Ms. Spears’ testimony was accurate in order to determine what corrective actions, if any, must be taken,” according to the documents.
The filings come a week after Britney Spears testified in open court for the first time in the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money
for 13 years, accusing those in power of forcing her to perform live shows, forcing her to use an intrauterine device for birth control, forcing her to take lithium and other medications against her will, and preventing her from getting ma.
Spears stated, "I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive."
For the majority of the conservatorship's duration, James Spears was in charge of his daughter's personal life, but he now only oversees her money and business
dealings in collaboration with an estate-management firm. Since her father relinquished that role in 2019, a court-appointed professional, Jodi Montgomery
, has had authority over Britney Spears' personal decisions.
“Mr. Spears is not the conservator of the person, and he has not been the conservator of the person since September 2019,” one of the court filings states
, adding that “Ms. Montgomery has been fully in charge of Ms. Spears’ day-to-day personal care and medical treatment.”
Montgomery, whose appointment Britney Spears supported, is serving on a temporary basis; the court was expected to make her role permanent, but according to one of James Spears' filings, his daughter's criticism of Montgomery last week suggests that she does not want her in the role.
When James Spears was conservator over his daughter's personal decisions, he says he did everything in his power to support her well-being, including consenting to her getting married in 2012 and sharing conservatorship duties with her fiance. Spears was engaged to former manager Jason Trawick in 2012, but the couple broke up in 2013.
The filing also criticizes Britney Spears' personal attorney, Samuel L. Ingham III
, claiming that he incorrectly claimed in a recent filing that the court had found Spears lacked capacity to consent to medical treatment and is using that as a pretext for a court order removing her right to give informed consent.
Emails seeking comment from Ingham and Montgomery's attorney were not immediately returned.
While Britney Spears criticized both Montgomery and Ingham in her nearly 20-minute speech, she singled out her father for some of her harshest criticism.
She accused him of relishing his power over her, as evidenced by his refusal to admit her to a mental hospital
after she failed a battery of psychological tests in 2019.
“I cried on the phone for an hour, and he loved every minute of it,” Spears said, referring to the control he had over someone as powerful as her. “He loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%.”
During the hearing, James Spears expressed regret that his daughter was in such pain through his lawyer.
In court filings, he stated that “all parties must be given a full and fair opportunity to respond to allegations and claims asserted against them.”
“Either the allegations will be shown to be true, in which case corrective action will be taken, or they will be shown to be false, in which case the conservatorship can continue its course; it is not acceptable for the Conservators or the Court to do nothing,” the documents state.
Spears informed Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge Brenda Penny
that she wanted the conservatorship to end, but she has yet to file a petition with the court.
“I want and deserve to see changes in the future,” she stated.
Britney Spears testified in court that she was unaware she could petition to end it, and Ingham testified that she had not asked him to.
Penny praised Spears' comments as courageous, but gave no indication of what actions she will take; an investigation
and numerous legal maneuvers are likely before she makes a decision.
Andrew Dalton, AP Entertainment Writer
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