- The #FreeBritney movement has been raising awareness for Britney Spears’ conservatory for years.
- But after a June 23 testimony from Spears himself, things are moving quickly in the legal case.
- See a timeline of how the legal guardianship that oversees Spears’ lives is starting to change.
- Visit the Insider website for more stories.
Britney Spears has lived under a legal arrangement called a conservatory since 2008, which gives control of her personal life and property to a group of people, including her father, Jamie Spears, and a financial institution called the Bessemer Trust.
Following a June 23 hearing in which Spears was able to speak directly with an open court judge for the first time, there has been news of the people currently in the conservatory̵
Let’s look chronologically at everything that has happened so far immediately after the June 23 statements from Spears (which you can read more about here).
June 23: Spears’ parents give both statements in court following her testimony about the bomb
Us Weekly reported that Lynne Spears’ lawyer Gladstone Jones said during the hearing that Lynne was “a very worried mother.” Grib also reported that Lynne asked the court for “a plan” to accommodate Spears’ wishes.
Jamie’s lawyer also spoke on behalf of their client, saying Spears’ father was “sad to see his daughter in so much pain,” according to Vulture.
June 29: Jamie says in court that he is concerned about ‘managing and caring for his daughter’
Spears’ conservatory is divided into two functions: one oversees her personal life and medical affairs, and the other manages her financial property. Jamie was removed from the personal aspect of the conservatory in 2019 when a woman named Jodi Montgomery was placed as a co-conservator to take her place overseeing Spears’ personal affairs. Jamie continued as curator of Spears’ financial property and worked with the firm Bessemer Trust.
In documents reviewed by Insider, Jamie accused Montgomery and Spears’ court-appointed attorney, Sam Ingham, of the allegations Spears made in the testimony on June 23.
Montgomery’s reps denied Spears’ claims in an email to Insider, saying Montgomery has been a “tireless advocate” for Spears since becoming her conservator.
June 30: Judge formally rejects Ingham’s monthly request to remove Jamie as Spears’ conservator
Judge Brenda Penny rejected a November 2020 request to remove Spears’ father as her conservator and ruled that the Jamie and Bessemer Trust would retain equal power over the pop star’s finances and persona.
The paper, which was being considered at the time, was “intended solely for the judge to approve the Bessemer Trust as co-conservator, but also repeats the judge’s decision not to remove the oldest Spears from the pop star’s conservatory,” as explained by Variety.
July 1: Bessemer Trust files to withdraw from guardianship in light of the pop star’s cursing testimony
Bessemer Trust’s resignation initially took effect immediately, but the papers (obtained by Insider) were later updated. In the court documents reviewed by Insider, Judge Penny said they would review this request at a later hearing scheduled for July 14.
The Bessemer Trust was appointed by the court to be a conservator in November 2020, but had not yet commenced its duties or received assets or charged fees, according to the New York Times.
Journalists Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino, who had been investigating the conservatory starting months ahead of Spears’ testimony on June 23, wrote that they spoke to Lynne over the phone and that she “spoke in a whisper and apologized that she might have to make a bang. if other family members went in and found out she was talking to a reporter. “
“I got mixed feelings about everything,” Lynne reportedly told them. “I do not know what to think … It’s a lot of pain, a lot of worry.”
Journalists also interviewed a family friend from Spears who claimed she had been “exploited” in 2008 when she was asked to testify, which eventually helped the conservatory establish itself in the first place.
The New Yorker’s investigation also said Spears called 911 the night before her conservatory heard testimony to report “conservatory abuse.”
July 5: Spears longtime manager Larry Rudolph retires and says Spears plans to retire
In a letter to Spears’ curators, published by Deadline, Rudolph wrote: “It’s been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated, at which point she informed me that she would take an indefinite break from work.”
“As you know, I have never been a part of the conservatory or its operations, so I am not familiar with many of these details,” the letter continued. “I think it’s in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.”
July 6: Spears’ lawyer files to retire from the conservatory
Ingham has been the court-appointed attorney representing Spears since 2008. He is paid by her through the conservatory, an annual salary that is said to reach a maximum of $ 520,000 – more than Spears’ own cost of living, according to the New Yorker.
During her testimony, Spears claimed that Ingham told her that it was “not good” for the pop star to talk about her experiences during what she called her “violent” conservatory. Sources told TMZ that Ingham was upset by Spears’ statement in court.
On July 6, Ingham filed a petition in court requesting permission to resign as Spears’ attorney. Judge Penny will review the request at a forthcoming hearing on July 14.
July 6: Jodi Montgomery says Spears has asked her to stay in the role of curator
A Montgomery representative told People, in a statement also shared with Insider, that Spears had asked Montgomery to be her conservator as late as July 5th.
July 6: Lynne submits a petition to the court requesting that Spears be allowed to choose her own lawyer
Lawyers for Lynne wrote in court that filed on her behalf that Spears has been able to take care of herself for years, asking the court to “listen to her daughter’s wishes.” These desires included her ability to “choose her own lawyer.”
“Her capacity is certainly different today than it was in 2008,” it continued.
July 7: Montgomery asks for more security, citing a significant increase in the number of threats she has received since Spears’ testimony
Montgomery said in a lawsuit obtained by NBC News that there had been a “marked increase in the number and severity of threatening positions” sent to her via social media, text, phone and email since Spears ’23. June testimony.
In the same court, Montgomery requested that Spears’ conservatory, which oversees the property, pay the bill for additional security, which could cost over $ 1,800 per month. Day.
July 8: Jamie submits a petition that he is ‘very concerned’ about the ‘dangerous rhetoric’ surrounding the conservatory and says Montgomery should not receive extra security
Jamie’s submission to the court, reviewed by Insider, was an opposition to Montgomery’s request for additional security.
“Mr. Spears is very concerned about the situation that has been evolving for many months and the dangerous rhetoric that has been circulating for some time regarding the conservatory,” his lawyers wrote.
They said Jamie himself had been exposed to “innumerable and ongoing threats” and said Montgomery’s request for indefinite additional security was not “reasonable, necessary or a proper expense.”
The next conservatory hearing is scheduled for July 14, when the judge can make a decision on Spears’ ability to choose his own lawyer and address the other petitions filed by the Bessemer Trust, Montgomery, and Jamie and Lynne Spears. It is unlikely that the conservatory will be closed on that date, given that a formal request would have to be made to the court to close it. No such filing has been entered into the court system at the time of publication.
It is unclear whether Spears herself will summon this hearing, although some sources report that she plans to do so. (Spears’ representative did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.) But even though she is actually appearing virtually, she may not be able to testify again this time.