Britney Spears has long called for her father to be removed from his career oversight duties.
And she could be on the verge of making her wish come true – her attorney has asked a Los Angeles judge to have Jamie, 69, immediately removed from guardianship and replaced with a temporary appointment.
Jamie has controlled the singer’s estimated $ 60million (£ 44million) estate since 2008, when she was placed under the complex legal regime that is usually reserved for the very old or infirm.
Spears has become increasingly direct in his demands to remove Jamie, which he agreed to do in August.
A judge will have to sign on the go, possibly in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday. The hearing comes after years of public and private appeals from Spears.
In June, the New York Times said it had obtained confidential court records showing that Spears had objected to his father’s handling of the guardianship as early as 2014.
The singer’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel D Ingham, has reportedly revealed his client wanted Jamie removed as a curator over a “shopping list” of grievances, including his drinking.
In November 2020, these concerns were made public.
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In a public hearing, Mr Ingham said Spears was afraid of his father and would not perform again while he oversaw his estate.
They had no “viable working relationship,” the court said, and had not spoken for “a long time.”
June brought an explosive development to the affair.
Spears addressed the court personally, delivering damning testimony for a breathtaking 23 minutes.
“This tutelage does me a lot more harm than good,” she said. “I deserve to have a life, I have worked my whole life. I deserve a two or three year break.
The mother of two, Spears, claimed that the “abusive” arrangement prevented her from marrying and having children with her partner Sam Asghari.
Jamie’s lawyers responded by issuing a brief statement on his behalf.
He would say, “He is sorry to see his daughter suffer and suffer so much. Mr. Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much.
July saw another passionate intervention from Spears’ courtroom.
She said she wanted Jamie to be charged with conservative abuse while repeating his requests for release.
She said, “My father is to be kidnapped today.”
The pressure on Jamie ultimately led him to announce that he would be stepping down.
He agreed to walk away in August while insisting that there was “no real reason” for his suspension or dismissal.
Mathew S Rosengart, the powerful Hollywood lawyer who replaced Mr. Ingham, then accused Jamie of trying to “extort” his daughter while demanding that he be immediately fired.
He said in a court file: “Mr Spears and his lawyer are now on notice: the status quo is no longer tolerable and Britney Spears will not be extorted.”
Earlier this month, in a movement of shock, Jamie asked the judge in the case to consider ending the guardianship.
The file said, “As Mr. Spears has said time and time again, all he wants is what’s best for his daughter.” If Ms. Spears wants to end the guardianship and thinks she can manage her own life, Mr. Spears thinks she should be given that chance. “