Rallying Behind Britney Spears, Congressmen Need To Rethink Conservatorships

Citing Britney Spears and the spirit of the #FreeBritney movement, two Republican Congressmen are calling on the Justice Committee of the US House of Representatives to hold a hearing on conservatories. One of them even invited the pop star to testify personally and without representation.

In a letter sent this week to committee chairman Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., They cited Spears’ ongoing struggle with the Conservatory, under which she has been since 2008, which controls her person and estate after a public collapse in 2007.

They named the 39-year-old artist “the most striking example” of the need for a reform of the conservatory.

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At a status hearing in February, the first since the #FreeBritney documentary “Framing Britney Spears” was broadcast on FX and Hulu, the Los Angeles County Probate Court ruled that co-curator Bessemer Trust could control the singer’s investments and not father Jamie Speere . The Spears estate is valued at approximately $ 58 million.

“It’s no secret that my client doesn’t want her father to be a co-curator,” said the singer’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, at the hearing. “But we recognize that the removal is a separate matter and the court refused to remove him.”

MPs Jordan and Gaetz commented on Jamie’s role in his daughter’s life.

“The facts and circumstances that led to this agreement remain controversial, but include questionable motives and legal tactics by their father and current curator, Jamie Spears,” wrote Congressmen in their letter posted on Monday that read “Given.” In light of the constitutional freedoms and the opaqueness of these rules, it is up to our committee to convene a hearing to see if Americans are wrongly trapped in conservatories. “

Quoting statements by the American Civil Liberties Union in their argument to convene a hearing, Jordan and Gaetz said that in recent years “public concern has grown over the use of conservatories to effectively grant individuals personal freedoms at the behest of others through the EU evade manipulation of the courts. “

Financial exploitation often goes unnoticed, they said, citing a study by the Justice Department.

“MS. Spears is not alone. There are countless other Americans who have been wrongly deprived of their freedoms by others with little recourse,” wrote Gaetz and Jordan, citing the example of a New Yorker who was forced into a ten-month conservatory against his will what was later called “a terrible miscarriage” of righteousness. “

Jamie Spears’ attorney Vivian Thoreen defended her client in a statement he made to TMZ on Tuesday.

“Jamie Spears has been diligent and professional in his duties as one of Britney’s curators, and his love for his daughter and his commitment to her protection are evident to the court,” she said, adding that the singer and her legal team Have been part of the decision-making process for years.

Last August, Jamie Spears spoke to the New York Post, deciphered the criticism of him and called the #FreeBritney movement “a joke”.

“I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year,” he replied to the allegations that he took money from his daughter. “How the hell would I steal something?”

But Spears’ boyfriend Sam Asghari beat up Jamie a month ago via his Instagram story.

“(I) It is important that people understand that I have no respect for someone who is trying to control our relationship and who is constantly throwing obstacles in our way,” he wrote. “In my opinion, James is a total d—. I won’t go into details because I’ve always respected our privacy, but at the same time I didn’t come to this country to not be able to express my opinion and freedom. “

“Britney was the most powerful popular pop star in the world, and this process of the conservatory has abused her, has her where she can’t vote, can’t marry, can’t work fair, hardly,” Gaetz told a TMZ videographer on Tuesday in Washington, DC “And if it can happen to Britney Spears, it can happen to anyone.”

Gaetz said he saw “Framing Britney Spears” and was “triggered”, which he viewed as a breach of due process, among other things.

“I think we should hear from Britney Spears directly. I think we can call her to the House Judiciary Committee with no lawyers or restorers and we could hear directly from her about the abuses in the process, ”he said.

The congressman then directed the #FreeBritney crew to contact Nadler and request a congressional hearing.

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