The conservator in charge of Britney Spears
' personal life has responded to the pop star's father's criticisms, accusing him of using millions of dollars from his daughter's estate to keep control of her finances.
Spears' father, Jamie Spears
, blamed attorney Jodi Montgomery
earlier this week for the suffering and abuse
his daughter testified to experiencing during her 13-year conservatorship
, a legal arrangement that places her finances and most aspects of her personal life under the control of a handful of other people
, including her father.
In court documents filed on Wednesday, he stated that Montgomery had been in charge of Britney's "day-to-day personal care and medical treatment" and that he was concerned that Montgomery "does not reflect Ms. Spears' wishes."
Montgomery, on the other hand, addressed that claim directly in court documents on Friday.
“It is ironic that Mr. Spears now wants the conservatorship to ‘reflect her wishes,’ given that Ms. Spears has wished her father out of her life for years,” the documents state, according to People.
Furthermore, Montgomery stated in a separate statement that Jamie Spears' complete control over his daughter's finances means that he can choose to approve or deny any requested expenses, which influences decisions about her personal care.
Montgomery also accused Jamie Spears of using more than $2 million of his daughter's money
for his own legal efforts to keep control of her estate, according to People, and he did not respond to the news
site's request for comment.
Last month, Britney Spears testified passionately about the conservatorship's severe mistreatment and lack of freedom. Spears has asked the court to remove her father from the conservatorship, though she also stated in her testimony that Montgomery had gone "too far" in exerting control.
The singer's conservatorship is divided into two parts: one for her estate and one for her personal life. Jamie Spears used to oversee both parts of the conservatorship, but stepped down as his daughter's personal conservator in 2019, leaving Montgomery in charge.
Following Britney Spears' explosive testimony, the wealth
management firm Bessemer Trust
, which had been appointed to oversee her finances alongside Jamie Spears, asked to resign, claiming that it had been misled into believing that the conservatorship was voluntary on Britney Spears' part.