BRITNEY Spears may finally be free of her controversial conservatorship today.
At a hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Friday, a judge will decide whether to terminate the conservatorship that has exercised vast control over the Britney Spears’ life and money for nearly 14 years.
With no significant opposition from anyone involved, it appears likely Judge Brenda Penny will dissolve the legal arrangement.
Britney Spears’ attorney, her parents, and the court appointees who control the conservatorship all publicly support termination.
Jodi Montgomery, the conservator who oversees the singer’s life and medical decisions, has developed a care plan with her therapists and doctors to guide her through the end of the conservatorship and its aftermath.
It is not clear whether Spears, 39, will take part in the hearing today.
Fans who have demanded the court #FreeBritney, whom she has credited with bringing her to this point, will be outside the courthouse in significant numbers.
Read our Britney Spears live blog for the latest news and updates…
WHEN WILL WE KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COURTHOUSE?
Because streaming and electronic devices aren’t allowed in the courtroom, the public won’t know what’s going on in the hearing until it ends, or until a recess is held.
It’s unknown how long the hearing will last.
A break may also happen at some point during the hearing.
WHY DID JAMIE WANT A TERMINATION INSTEAD OF A SUSPENSION?
According to Rosengart, a termination would afford Jamie Spears protection from legal actions against him, including retribution for recording and monitoring Britney in conversations with her children, family and even attorney for several years.
“Jamie wants a termination instead of a suspension and orderly termination because it means he won’t have to turn over records as a fiduciary of the estate,” summarized Twitter user @BritneyLawArmy, who was allegedly in the courtroom in September and is there again today.
JAMIE’S SUSPENSION: WHAT IT MEANS
In September, Jamie Spears was removed from his daughter’s conservatorship.
In doing so, he was asked to hand in all books and records connected with the conservatorship.
Britney Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart requested Jamie to be removed after years of “abuse.”
A temporary conservator was appointed in Jamie’s place.
WHAT DID BRITNEY’S LAWYER SAY?
Britney Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart said previously: “My client does not want a settlement, mediation or anything else with Mr Spears.
“I speak all the time with my client, including today.
“Our termination plan is fair and logical. Our termination plan is fair and logical. My client has been abused by Mr. Spears — not just in the conservatorship but since her childhood.”
NO UPDATES FROM IN THE COURTROOM DURING HEARING, TWEETS SAY
A Twitter account that provides updates on Britney’s legal battle shared a new rule being enforced during Britney’s hearing today.
BritneyLawArmy shared that, unlike during the previous hearing, those who are watching the proceedings in real-time won’t be able to leave the courtroom until the hearing is over.
In September, the account was able to gain access to the courtroom, and regularly provided others waiting outside with updates.
FANS LEAVE #FREEBRITNEY CHALK ART IN FRONT OF COURTHOUSE
BRITNEY’S ‘PLEADING’ FOR JAMIE TO LEAVE HER ALONE
Rosengart also said during the last hearing on Britney’s case that her father, Jamie Spears, only had “experience” in “domestic violence orders placed against him by her children and ex-spouse.”
“You know what really makes my client upset. That her father, who does nothing, isn’t a business or talent manager- who is abusive and cruel and toxic- takes more money from her estate each month than he allows her to have.”
He added that the singer is “pleading” for Jamie to no longer be part of her life.
BRITNEY’S LAWYER PREVIOUSLY SAID DAD HAS ‘ZERO EXPERIENCE’
In September, Britney’s attorney Mathew S. Rosengart claimed he did not “have to prove immorality” and “criminal conduct” from Jamie, insisting that a New York Times article will reveal more information.
“The best interests of my client is that man be gone from her life today.
“Vivian’s low shots at my clients choice for conservator of estate brings her clients credentials at issue.”
Mathew added that Jamie has “ZERO experience with anything, business, finance.”
AFTER THIRTEEN YEARS, BRITNEY IS ‘READY FOR VENGEANCE’
A member of Britney’s legal team told The Sun that Britney, 39, is feeling ready for justice after spending 13 years of her life under the extremely restrictive conservatorship.
“She spent years afraid of her father but she’s not afraid anymore. She’s confident and ready for vengeance and with her new team around her, that’s exactly what she is going to get,” they told The Sun.
“This is only the beginning of justice for her and only the beginning of investigations into anyone who has wronged her over the years.”
BRITNEY WILL ‘BE A FREE WOMAN’ TODAY, SAY LEGAL TEAM
A member of Britney’s legal team told The Sun ahead of the hearing: “Britney and Mathew fully believe that if all goes according to plan, she will be a free woman by the end of the day.
“She has been emotional all week and was crying last night both happy tears and tears of joy. I think she doesn’t fully believe it’s coming to an end yet after so many years of pushing and fighting.
They added, “She keeps saying “I can’t believe it’s really happening” and I don’t think it will sink in until after the hearing.”
BRITNEY WAS ‘EMOTIONAL’ AFTER SEPTEMBER HEARING
Britney’s lawyer Mathew S. Rosengart exclusively told The Sun following Britney’s September hearing: “Britney became emotional upon the call when I called and told her the news.
“We are in constant communication but I won’t be going into further detail about the matter of the call.
“Today was a great day for justice.”
BRITNEY’S SHOCKING CLAIMS (continued)
Britney said her silence over the years has mistakenly been interpreted as complicity, stating: “I’ve lied and told the whole world, ‘I’m okay, I’m happy.’ I’ve been in denial, I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized.“
Additionally, Britney claimed nurses watch her every move and she’s not allowed to change her clothes in private.
She added her father was controlling and “enjoyed” the power over her.
“I cried on the phone for an hour and he loved every minute of it,” the singer said. “The control he had over someone as powerful as me, as he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%.”
BRITNEY’S SHOCKING CLAIMS
Britney gave a sensational testimony in front of a court and pleaded with a judge to end the arrangement, saying it is “doing me way more harm than good.”
She told the court she wants to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari, 27, and have a baby, but that the conservatorship won’t allow it.
The couple have since become engaged.
WHO IS NOW BRITNEY’S TEMPORARY CONSERVATOR?
Britney’s temporary conservator is CPA John Zabel.
Before the decision was made to remove Britney’s dad Jamie Spears as the conservator, Jamie’s lawyer requested the conservatorship be terminated in 30 to 45 days.
WILL BRITNEY APPEAR IN COURT TODAY?
Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, arrived to the courthouse without Britney.
As in the September hearing, it’s expected Britney will Zoom in virtually but won’t be at the courthouse in person.
WHEN WILL BRITNEY’S CONSERVATORSHIP BE DISSOLVED?
Britney’s next court hearing is today, November 12, and the decision will be made whether or not her conservatorship will come to an end.
Ever since Judge Penny removed Jamie Spears from his daughter Britney’s conservatorship, many have wondered what will come next for the pop hitmaker.
The majority of court hearings that have taken place over the past year have worked out in Britney’s favor.
WHAT HAS BRITNEY SAID ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT HER?
In a since-deleted social media post from September 27, the singer slammed past documentaries that have touched on her ongoing legal battle, calling them “untrue.”
Britney wrote: “It’s really crazy guys … I watched a little bit of the last documentary and I hate to inform you but a lot of what you heard is not true !!! I really try to disassociate myself from the drama.
“Number one … that’s the past !!! Number two … can the dialogue get any classier… Number three … wow they used the most beautiful footage of me in the world !!! What can I say .. the EFFORT on their part.”
It is not clear which documentary Britney was referencing in her post.
BRITNEY: MOM LYNNE ‘RUINED MY LIFE’
Britney made the bombshell claim on Instagram that her mom Lynne gave her dad the idea of the conservatorship and “secretly ruined my life.”
“Pssss my dad may have started the conservatorship 13 years ago.. but what people don’t know is that my mom is the one who gave him the idea!!! I will never get those years back… she secretly ruined my life… and yes I will call her and Lou Taylor out on it,” she wrote in the post.
The pop icon then slammed her 66-year-old mom for acting ignorant amid the conservatorship battle.
She continued, “so take your whole “I have NO IDEA what’s going on” attitude and go f**k yourself!!!! You know exactly what you did… my dad is not smart enough to ever think of a conservatorship.. but tonight I will smile knowing I have a new life ahead of me!!!”
Shortly after Britney’s bombshell post was deleted, her former manager Sam Lutfi claimed she was forced to remove it.
“Wow deleted… She’s been censored. Wow.” he tweeted.
BRITNEY SLAMS FAMILY IN INSTAGRAM POST
On Instagram, Britney wrote a post in early November about finally being able to smile after so long.
Britney wrote: “The moment I SMILE and I realize I haven’t in a very long time!!! My mom gets so CONCERNED and says “You’re acting weird… what’s wrong with you?” I say “Hi, my name is Britney Spears… nice to finally meet you!!!” Before I go any further, forgive me in advance… It’s been 13 years and I’m a little rusty!!!!
“It was a family business before… it’s not longer that anymore!!!! I was BORN today cause I get to SMILE… so thank you for exiting out of my life and finally allowing me to live mine!!!! Psssss do I know how mean I sound??? Yes… I 100 billion percent I so!!!!”
HOW LONG HAVE BRITNEY AND SAM BEEN TOGETHER?
Britney and Sam were linked in 2016 but didn’t label things as official until January 2017.
As Britney dealt with her conservatorship issues, Sam was said to have helped her feel calm and secure throughout it all.
“Britney is very anxious and is trying her best not to let her family and legal situation worsen her anxiety,” an insider told InTouch.
“She’s been really trying to use healthy tactics to counteract the anxiety.
“Sam has been helping Britney every step of the way and trying to keep her mind off of things. He’s a good influence in that sense.”
BRITNEY AND LONGTIME BOYFRIEND SAM ASGHARI ARE ENGAGED
Britney Spears is officially engaged to her long-term boyfriend, Sam Asghari.
The delighted singer announced the news with a video wearing the stunning piece on Instagram.
BRITNEY’S SONS, NOW 15 AND 16, TOWER OVER MOM
Recently, Britney shared sweet snaps with her sons Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15, as they enjoyed a night out while visiting the Van Gogh exhibition.
The Toxic singer, who shares her sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline, beamed as she posed alongside her sons who are now taller than her.
She wrote on Instagram: “Me and my boys last night” along with several red lips emojis.
In a clip posted by Britney, she was seen strolling around the immersive exhibit having fun with her boys and her longtime agent and pal Cade Hudson.
CARA CUNNINGHAM SHARES #FREEBRITNEY SNAP
Cara Cunningham, an internet personality who first found the national spotlight for the 2007 “Leave Britney Alone” viral video, shared a pro-Britney snap ahead of the hearing.
Cara captioned the selfie “Sending good energy today that this woman who has given so much to the world is finally free.”
BRITNEY SHARES WEDDING DRESS ON INSTAGRAM
Britney has revealed she is having her wedding dress created by Donatella Versace.
The pop icon posted photos earlier this week showing her posing in a pretty pink tulle gown.
The mom-of-two wrote: “No … this is not my wedding dress 👗 bahahah !!!! Donatella Versace is making my dress as we speak 🤫 …. Have a good night folks 🌙💖✨ !!!!”
Britney is engaged to marry her boyfriend of five years Sam Asghari who proposed to the singer in September.
WHAT BRITNEY WANTS
In a previous court proceeding, Britney’s legal representation Mathew S. Rosengart argued: “What Britney Spears wants- what she needs is- her father gone today- suspended- out of her life, a temporary conservator appointed for 30-45 days at which point we demand the conservatorship be terminated that day.”
Jamie’s attorney then stated that if the court grants termination of the conservatorship, Jamie fully intends to comply with all requirements.
She added that he is still Britney’s father and not just her conservator, but Rosengart interrupted and said: “It’s about what she wants! Sorry your honor.”