In Britney Spears’ struggle to regain control of her life and free herself from the guardianship imposed 13 years ago — and maintained by her father — the singer’s administrator, Jodi Montgomery, seems willing to continue waging the battle alongside the artist. This Friday Montgomery presented some documents in which he attacks the artist’s father, Jamie Spears, stating that it is “ironic” that his father “want the guardianship to ‘reflect his wishes’ [em referência à cantora pop], since it’s no secret that Mrs. Spears wanted her father out of her life for years.” So says the North American portal TMZ, which had access to the documents presented by the lawyer of Montgomery, Lauriann Wright, and other means of communication such as Daily Mail british and the magazine people. According to the writing, Jamie Spears spent “more than two million dollars of his daughter” (about 10.52 million reais) in his own defense to maintain the command of the guardianship.
In his plea, filed in a Los Angeles, California, courtroom, Montgomery denies that he is making decisions without Jamie Spears, as he suggests, since all those involving the singer’s resources pass through him and that “everything costs cash”. “Expenses cannot be made without going through Mr. Spears”, continues in the document, and adds: “Not all of the requested expenses were approved, which raised some of the concerns raised by Ms. Spears on June 23, 2021”. On that date, the singer asked the judge to end the legal guardianship imposed in 2008. “I’m not happy, I can’t sleep. I am very angry and depressed. I cry every day”, said the artist at the time before judge Brenda Penny. The guardianship imposed in 2008 allows the artist’s father to manage a fortune in excess of $60 million and receive $16,000 per month in salary, while limiting his daughter’s expenses to $2,000.
On Wednesday, according to people, Montgomey filed a petition for a guardian ad litem ― appointed by a court to best meet the interests of the guardianship ― to advise the singer in choosing her lawyer without having to undergo a medical evaluation. A request that came after the singer’s so far lawyer, Sam Ingham, and his office, filed their resignation and asked for the appointment of a new defense. In the documents presented to the court, Montgomery also makes reference to this fact, stating that Britney Spears does not agree with Ingham’s request that her departure take effect the moment the court chooses a new lawyer. “After 13 years of guardianship, she wants to choose her own lawyer without further medical evaluation”, he says in the writing.
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Ingham is not the only person who has walked away from the singer in recent weeks. Earlier this week, Larry Rudolph, who has been her manager for 25 years, stepped down on the grounds that Spears plans to retire from music. In addition, the Bessemer Trust, the investment fund that together with her father Jamie co-oversees Spears’ estate, asked to step away from her legal guardianship to “respect” the artist’s wishes.
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