BRITNEY Spears’ father, James Spears, has agreed to step down as conservator of his daughter’s multimillion-dollar estate.
In a statement The “Toxic” singer’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said: “We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed,” as conservator.
Even as Spears’ father argued that there were no “actual grounds for suspending or removing” him from his daughter’s conservatorship, Jamie Spears acknowledged in a court filing it would be in her best interest for him to step down.
“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests,” the filing in Los Angeles Superior Court states.
“So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”
Jamie Spears has controlled his daughter’s affairs since she suffered a mental health breakdown in 2008.
At the time, Britney was not only “suffering mentally and emotionally, she was also being manipulated by predators and in financial distress,” Jamie claimed, adding he “came to his daughter’s rescue to protect her.”
The 39-year-old star, however, told the court in June that her dad loved to control her, detailing how she had been drugged, forced to use birth control and made to work against her will under the guardianship agreement.
“I’m not here to be anyone’s slave,” she said.