More drama continues in Britney Spears’ conservatorship case. In the latest news, her mother Lynne has demanded more than $650,000 in attorney fees as the matter inches closer to a conclusion.
In a petition related to payments filed on Monday, Lynne claimed that her lawyers are liable to be paid by Britney’s camp for their contribution to her conservatorship case. The request came right after Britney condemned her mother in a now-deleted Instagram post.
Britney wrote on Instagram: “Pssss my dad may have started the conservatorship 13 years ago … but what people don’t know is that my mom is the one who gave him the idea !!!!” She continued: “I will never get those years back… she secretly ruined my life.”
The pop star’s father, Jamie Spears, has been the frontman of the legal arrangement that says Britney has minimal or no say in her personal and financial matters. But reaching out on Instagram, the singer claimed that the conservatorship idea was whispered in her father’s ears by her mother, Lynne.
Britney Spears Blames Her Mom for Putting Her in a Conservatorship In a since-deleted Instagram post, the pop star alleged that mother Lynne “secretly ruined my life.” https://t.co/mGaYJNORiR
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In an Instagram post that has been deleted by the singer now, she stated: “You know exactly what you did. My dad is not smart enough to ever think of a conservatorship, but tonight I will smile knowing I have a new life ahead of me.” Read our piece on how the Pop Star reacted against sister Jamie Lynn and Father for ruining her life.
Spears’ post seems to have been impelled by her father’s plea in the court for the “immediate” and “unconditional” cessation of the conservatorship.
“Jamie unconditionally loves and supports his daughter. Full stop.” his lawyers claimed in court documents.
“The fact is that 13 years ago, a conservatorship was necessary to protect Britney in every sense of the word. Her life was in shambles and she was in physical, emotional, mental, and financial distress.” Read here the details of her conservatorship case and how it ended after 13 long years
The conservatorship is a legally bound custody normally granted for people who are not in a state to make their own decisions, like those with dementia or any other mental illnesses.
The court documents further said: “Through the conservatorship, Britney has been able to return to a path towards stability in all of these phases of her life. The mission has been successful and it is now time for Britney to re-take control of her life.”
Jamie’s attorneys also claimed that the plea came without “any caveat” and that he would hand over all the arrangement-related documents, adding that he had “nothing to hide.”
Britney’s conservatorship came under deep scrutiny; after years of silence, the pop icon finally broke the ice in an explosive 23-minute statement in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
She labeled the arrangement “abusive” and claimed she had been forced to perform against her free will. “I just want my life back,” she told Judge Brenda Penny.
Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart has indicted her father of financial wrongdoings and “reaping millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate.”
Furthermore, in court documents filed this week, Rosengart also accused Jamie Spears of avoiding answering questions about the suspected surveillance of the singer inside her house.
He stated: “all documents and communications relating to any recording or listening device in the home or bedroom of Britney Jean Spears, including all documents and communications relating to the decision to place any such recording or listening device and the records of any such recording.”
On the contrary, Mr. Spears has vehemently denied all allegations stating he always acted in his daughter’s “best interests”
Moving forward to the latest development, Britney called out both her mother and her former manager Lou Taylor in the social media post. She expressed: “So take your whole ‘I have NO IDEA what’s going on’ attitude and go f— yourself !!!! You know exactly what you did.”
However, neither Lynne nor Taylor immediately responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment on the matter.
In the court filing for attorney’s fees on Monday, Lynne’s lawyers made a claim that the singer’s mother reached out to them to “help Britney free herself from what she saw as a very controlling existence.” They further claimed that they also engaged in “researching and vetting appropriate qualified expert doctors” for Britney in May 2019. They later advocated for Jamie’s removal from the conservatorship as well.
“Lynne discussed joining the conservatorship as an interested party extensively with Britney and Britney enthusiastically agreed, and indeed asked her mother to join in the case in any capacity that would help to end her nightmare and the crisis she was enduring,” the document revealed.
As per the breakdown of fees, Lynne’s attorneys at Jones Swanson claimed that their actual fees amounted to $840,000, but they were “willing to apply a 40% discount” and asked for $504,000. The remaining fees are related to counsels at Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, who claimed $146,548. R
The attorney fees matter is scheduled to be discussed before the court on December 8, 2021, following the November 12, 2021 court proceedings where Judge Brenda Penny will pen down her decision whether or not to terminate Britney’s conservatorship.
In a request submitted by Jamie’s lawyer Alex Weingarten Monday, the singer’s father requested that her conservatorship may be “immediately terminated.”
“Britney’s recent testimony and requests to take personal control of her estate and affairs have made clear that continuing the Conservatorship is contrary to her desires,” the plea read. Therefore, “Jamie sees no reason why the Conservatorship should continue for any amount of time and asserts he has no interest in the Conservatorship continuing.”
However, Jamie’s court filing came after Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart allegedly claimed that Jamie was forced by hidden motives for wanting closure to the conservatorship out of the blue. He questioned whether the popstar’s father was “motivated by a desire to bolster his reputation or to avoid his deposition or responding to the outstanding discovery served on him in August.”
The court proceeding on November 12, 2021, shall prove decisive as everyone is eyeing this historic judgment.