Britney Spears‘ new attorney today announced that he’s ‘aggressively’ trying to kick the singer’s father, Jamie Spears, off the conservatorship that’s been controlling her life for 13 years.
‘My firm and I are moving aggressively and expeditiously toward removing Jamie Spears…..’ said Mathew Rosengart outside Los Angeles Superior Court in downtown LA.
He thanked 39-year-old Britney ‘for her courage and strength’ and he also thanked her fans for their ‘overwhelming support,’ prompting cheers from an onlooking group of her followers who were gathered outside chanting and holding up ‘Free Britney’ signs.
Britney Spears’ lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, pictured said he is moving ‘aggressively and expeditiously’ to remove her father from the controversial guardianship controlling her affairs
Britney Spears’ new layer Mathew S. Rosengart walks by the fans and supporters of Britney Spears as he arrives to the Los Angeles County Courthouse for a scheduled hearing in the Britney Spears guardianship case, in Los Angeles on Monday
Britney Spears and her father Jamie Spears are pictured in an Instagram post from 2015
Rosengart was speaking after a court hearing today where Jodi Montgomery, Britney’s temporary conservator for her personal, not financial, affairs was asking Judge Brenda Penny to charge the conservatorship for extra security she’s had to hire since receiving several death threats. The security charges are around $1,800 per day.
The judge tabled her request till another hearing next Monday.
Last week Britney lashed out in an Instagram post at the ‘people closest’ to her who had ‘failed to help her in her time of need’.
She didn’t name names, saying, ‘they know who they are.’
But during a tearful phoned-in court appearance hours earlier, she told Judge Penny that she wants her father, 69, to be charged with abusing the conservatorship he’s been running since her much publicized breakdown in 2008.
‘I would like to charge my father with conservatorship abuse,’ she told the court in an emotional tirade. ‘I want to press charges against my father today. I want an investigation into my dad.’
The songstress is now represented by former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, seen in a court sketch last week, appearing before Judge Brenda Penny in Los Angeles
This weekend, Britney said her fans could only look forward to dance videos from home until her father wasn’t making her financial decisions for her in his role as conservator
Bad blood: Britney laid into her father Jamie Spears and sister Jamie Lynn in another angry Instagram post on Saturday, explaining that she wouldn’t perform in Vegas until her dad was off her conservatorship; seen with Jamie Lynn at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
In a repeat of the explosive testimony she gave during her June 23 court appearance, she described once again the trauma of her conservatorship and claimed her father and others involved in the conservatorship had threatened her,
”There should be no threats to me at all, ever. I have serious abandonment issues,’ said the singer who added that her car keys, hair vitamins and coffee had been taken from her.
Fighting back tears, she told Judge Penny, ‘Ma’am, that’s not abuse, that’s just f****** cruelty. Excuse my language but it’s the truth.
‘I thought they were trying to kill me. If this is not abuse, I don’t know what is.’
Spears – who has two sons, Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14, by her ex-husband, Kevin Federline – called for her father to be banned from running her life and she told the court that she wants the conservatorship terminated without the need for a medical assessment.
But she said her priority was ousting her father from his role while allowing co-conservator Jodi Montgomery – who looks after the star’s personal, rather than financial needs – to remain until the conservatorship is ended
Britney’s parents Jamie and Lynne are seen in November 2012. They divorced in 2002
‘My dad needs to be removed today and I will be happy with Jodi helping me,’ she said. ‘I’m here to press charges. I’m angry and I will go there.’
During the hearing last week, Judge Penny agreed to Britney’s wish to pick her own lawyer, Mathew Rosengart. Before that, she had been represented by a court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham, who resigned after Spears’ bombshell June 23 court appearance.
Rosengart told the court last Wednesday that he would be filing paperwork in the next few weeks to end the conservatorship and in an impromptu press conference on the courthouse steps, he called on Jamie to voluntarily step down as conservator.
‘We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal,’ he said. ‘The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that’s what’s in the best interest of the conservatee.’
Rosengart praised Britney’s ‘courage, passion, and humanity’ for speaking out in court, and called her testimony ‘clear, lucid, powerful, and compelling.’
Over the weekend, Spears posted a video showing off some dance moves at home
Fans and supporters of Britney Spears hold ‘Free Britney’ signs outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse during a scheduled hearing in the Britney Spears guardianship case
Free Britney supporters outside LA courthouse rally in support of Britney Spears
‘My firm and I will be taking a top to bottom look at what’s happened over the past decade,’ said the top attorney who added that Spears ‘is entitled to due process, which includes the right to a competent lawyer.’
Britney choosing her own attorney presents a challenge because under the terms of the conservatorship, she is prevented from signing any legally binding contracts without her father’s permission.
Rosengart argued against this, saying that Jamie should not have the power to reject her choice of lawyer – given that her lawyer is representing her in a case against Jamie himself!
The 58 year-old former Federal prosecutor is well respected in LA where his Hollywood clients have included Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck and his brother Casey, director Michael Mann and actor/director Sean Penn – who, in an interview with the New York Times, described Rosengart as ‘tough as nails with a big brain and bigger principles.’
Fans and supporters of Britney Spears hold ‘Free Britney’ signs as they gather outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse during a scheduled hearing in the Britney Spears guardianship case
Even before Britney Spears asked the court to end her guardianship, her loyal fans had mounted a #FreeBritney campaign, gathering outside court hearings and at rallies across the globe