Britney Spear’s legal team is pushing for her case to pick up the pace, urging Jamie Spears to step down as her conservator. The singer’s father has had control over her life for the past 13 years now. He is now demanding around $2 million to cover legal and third-party fees; however, Britney’s lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, is persistent that he should step down without a price tag.
Rosengart has filed a response on Tuesday to the Los Angeles Superior court, stating,
Regardless of the past, Mr. Spears and his counsel are now on notice: the status quo is no longer tolerable, and Britney Spears will not be extorted.
"The status quo is no longer tolerable, and Britney Spears will not be extorted."
— Stephanie. (@steffgarciat) September 1, 2021
The former federal prosecutor who was the first choice of Britney also commented,
Mr. Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms. Spears’s estate by Mr. Spears and his associates, is a non-starter.
A 12-page supplemental petition submitted by Britney’s legal team says,
The only honourable, decent, and humane course of action is for Mr. Spears to resign now, provide all necessary information to evaluate his accounting, and, if matters cannot be resolved consensually, to try to defend his accounting.
Yesterday’s filing makes it clear that Britney is not willing to wait anymore; Britney seems to seek his suspension if he refuses to step down.
Jamie Spears responded by saying that his voluntary resignation will be dependent upon the approval of his latest accounting, which includes the legal fees of around $1.4 million that he has spent during the trials over the year plus a hefty payment to third parties, which includes the Tri-Star Sports & Entertainment Group as well.
On August 12th, Jamie sent a legal salvo which inclined towards the point that he was not being judged fairly and asked for a “transition process.” However, the petition submitted yesterday by Britney’s team states,
Contrary to the powers that Mr. Spears and his counsel seek to arrogate unto themselves, they do not get to choose the time and place of Mr. Spears’s departure. Those issues are governed by law, the best interests of Ms. Spears, and by this Court.
Jamie is under pressure from the public as well as directly from Britney to step down from his co-conservator position, which he has held since 2008. The next hearing is to be held in Judge Brenda Penny’s downtown Los Angeles courtroom on September 29th.
As of now, Judge Penny has rejected or postponed any request to remove Jamie from his co-conservatorship role and also rejected to offer a new or earlier date for the hearing. So, Jamie still holds power over Britney’s career and financial decisions, which includes her $60 million fortune. While the co-conservator, chosen by Britney, Jodi Montgomery, only has rights over her medical and personal matters.
Rosengart has pleaded to the court that forensic CPA Jason Rubin replace Jamie Spears in the conservatorship; however, this was not mentioned in yesterday’s filing.
Rosengart stated to the PEOPLE,
As we wrote in our new filing with the Court, however, the quid pro quo preconditions that Mr. Spears sought in his Aug. 12, 2021, court filing are inappropriate and unacceptable. Mr. Spears was forced to concede in his Aug. 12, 2021, ‘First Response’ to Britney Spears’s Petition to remove him that he must depart — and his departure is now inexorable.
Britney Spears will not be bullied or extorted by her father,” Rosengart says. “Nor does Mr. Spears have the right to try to hold his daughter hostage by setting the terms of his removal. This is not about him, it is about the best interests of his daughter, which as a matter of law, mandate his removal. Even putting aside the legal issues requiring his prompt removal, if he loves his daughter, Mr. Spears should resign now, today, before he is suspended, he further said, “It would be the correct and decent thing to do.”
Rosengart defines Britney’s condition as a “hostage” situation and referenced her heart touching testimony made on July 23rd, stating,
The world heard Ms. Spears’s courageous and compelling testimony, Britney Spears’s life matters. Her well-being matters. Every day matters. There is no basis to wait.
Even Britney’s mother filed a petition to the court previously to let her hire her own lawyer as she mentioned that Britney has a “fear and hatred” of Jamie.
Rosengart commented on the matter, saying,
Lynne Spears does, indeed, support Mr. Spears’s suspension and removal, but the Petition must be granted regardless of her views. As the Petition made abundantly clear, it is Mr. Spears’s independent adverse impact on his daughter’s life, well-being, and best interests that requires the Petition be granted. That Mr. Spears would use this solemn occasion to pick one more fight with his ex-wife (the mother of his daughter) speaks volumes.
Rosengart has requested the court to suspend Jamie in the hearing that is to be held on September 29th if Jamie does not step down and resign from his position before the hearing.