(AP) — Three weeks after Britney Spears
made dramatic remarks in court condemning the conservatorship
that has controlled her life for 13 years, a Los Angeles judge
and others with legal authority over the pop star will convene for a hearing Wednesday to deal
with the fallout.
Spears' comments prompted the resignation of her court-appointed lawyer, the withdrawal of an estate-management company that was supposed to oversee her finances, and a barrage of accusations between her father
and a professional conservator over who is to blame for the legal circumstances Spears described as "abusive" and needing to be ended.
Spears is unlikely to speak again at the afternoon hearing, in which all parties are expected to participate remotely, but she may weigh in as she seeks to hire a lawyer of her choice.
Spears stated in court for the first time
on June 23 that she was forced to take medication and use an intrauterine device for birth control, that she was not allowed to marry her boyfriend
, and that she wanted to own her own money
Spears stated, "I just want my life back."
She was harshly critical of her father, who is the conservator of her finances, but more measured in her criticism of Jodi Montgomery
, the court-appointed professional who is the conservator of her person, overseeing her life choices.
In a legal filing, James Spears
stated that the court should investigate the allegations and Montgomery's role, pointing out that his daughter's personal life has been out of his control since he resigned as conservator of her person in 2019, a role he had held for 11 years. He also opposed Montgomery's request for money to hire security
due to recent death
threats, claiming that he has been subjected to sim
Montgomery denied that Britney Spears was barred from marrying or forced to use birth control, and she slammed James Spears, claiming that Britney Spears has expressed no desire to depose her as she did her father.
Montgomery stated that she is committed to remaining on the job and is putting in place a care plan to help end the conservatorship, which she claims James Spears has expressed no desire to do.
“Mr. Spears, as Conservator of the Estate, and Ms. Montgomery, as Conservator of the Person, should be working as a team to ensure that Ms. Spears’ best interests are being met, that she is on a path to recovery and the termination of her conservatorship, and that she is living her best life possible,” Montgomery wrote in a court filing.
Montgomery's position is still technically temporary despite nearly two years on the job; she appeared to be on track for a permanent appointment prior to recent events.
Britney Spears will continue to be represented at Wednesday's hearing by her longtime court-appointed lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, who filed documents last week stating that he resigned, effective as soon as she got a new attorney, which she stated at the June hearing.
The Bessemer Trust
, a financial firm that Spears had sought as a replacement for her father last year but was instead appointed to work alongside him, also withdrew from the conservatorship last week, stating that it no longer wanted to be a part of a legal arrangement that she did not want.
Andrew Dalton, AP Entertainment Writer
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