LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 – A Los Angeles judge is expected to formally approve the process to end a controversial guardianship that has controlled the life of pop star Britney Spears for 13 years on Friday.
The Toxic Last month, the singer managed to get her father removed from – which she called “abusive” – ââand a temporary replacement of her choice was appointed.
Judge Brenda Penny then also accepted a request from Spears’ attorney to schedule another “short hearing” to formalize the “uncontested termination” of the guardianship itself.
âThis week is going to be very interesting for me! I haven’t prayed for anything more in my life, âSpears wrote in a now-deleted Instagram caption this week.
At last month’s hearing, both sides expressed support for the early end of the guardianship.
Confirming a previous U-turn, lawyers for Britney’s father, Jamie, have indeed requested its dissolution on the spot.
While denying that he abused his position in controlling the life and career of his pop singer daughter, he recently admitted that Britney “believes she can manage her own life”.
But Judge Penny agreed to set a later date to allow Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, to present a full plan for the wardship’s dissolution.
Another hearing, later in December, is scheduled to settle outstanding financial issues, including legal fees.
Friday’s hearing could cap a multi-year campaign by Spears and his legion of global fans to end a tutelage that began after his very public 2007 blackout, when the shaven-headed star attacked the car of a paparazzi at a gas station.
Now 39, Spears said through her lawyers that her father was “never fit to serve,” citing in a petition allegations of her “reported alcoholism” and the “trauma he was experiencing. has talked to his daughter since childhood “.
As the momentum gathered momentum, Spears said in a September filing that she wanted to end the guardianship as soon as possible so that she could marry her fiance Sam Asghari with a prenuptial agreement.
Spears has two children with her former husband, rapper Kevin Federline, and had a brief Las Vegas marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander which was called off after just 55 hours.
She previously alleged in court that her father had prevented her from having a contraceptive IUD removed, even though she wanted to have more children. Jamie Spears has denied the allegation.
He was removed from trusteeship with immediate effect during last month’s hearing, with accountant John Zabel installed to look after his finances until the end of the project.
Professional restaurateur Jodie Montgomery remains officially responsible for Britney’s person until December 31, although her role may be terminated on Friday.
It’s unclear whether Spears will appear or address the court by phone like she did earlier this summer.
A rowdy army of fans carrying “Free Britney” signs were regularly set up outside the downtown Los Angeles courthouse during the hearings. – AFP