Britney Spears’ attorney filed a petition requesting that Jodi Montgomery become the singer’s permanent conservator and that her father, Jamie Spears, resign from the position.
Jamie Spears has been her daughter’s curator since 2008 and was briefly her sole curator in 2019 following the resignation of her former co-curator, Andrew Wallet. Later that year, Jamie Spears took a break from controlling his estate due to his health and Montgomery stepped in as the person’s temporary conservator.
In a petition filed Tuesday, Britney Spears’ attorney “requested the resignation” of Jamie Spears and asked Montgomery to take over permanently. Last week the court was notified that the singer’s lawyer planned to file the petition.
Attorneys for Britney Spears and her father did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday about the filing.
The 39-year-old singer has had a legal guardian since her public collapse in 2007. A #FreeBritney movement gained popularity in 2019 after fans said Jamie Spears had abused conservatorship to maintain control over her daughter, allegations that he and his attorneys have repeatedly repeated. denied over the years.
Jamie Spears said he saved his daughter from exploitative influences and took her estate out of debt over the years.
In February, the family’s legal battle was featured in the New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears.” The film explored Britney Spears’ rise to stardom, the resulting media pressure and “the fervent fan base that is convinced that Spears should be released from guardianship,” wrote the New York Times.
Celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Valerie Bertinelli supported the pop star after the release of the documentary.
Britney Spears has not spoken publicly about guardianship since the documentary was released, but last month in court her attorney said it was “no secret” that she did not want her father to be her guardian.
His most direct speech of the situation came in 2019, before his request to expel his father, when he told fans that “rumors” and “death threats” against his family were spiraling out of control. Britney Spears urged fans not to believe everything they hear and asked for privacy for her family.
“My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing my best right now,” he said. “You may not know this about me, but I am strong and stand up for what I want!”