After a long wait, a United States court has finally made a decision in favour of singer Britney Spears. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny has suspended Britney’s father Jamie Spears from the conservatorship that has controlled the pop singer’s life and estate for 13 years.
According to Variety, Penny appointed John Zabel, an accountant, to assume temporary control of the estate until the next steps are determined.
“I believe that the suspension is in the best interests of the conservative. The current situation is untenable,” the judge said while ruling out the decision.
Britney’s conservatorship began in 2008 after the singer had several mental breakdowns publicly.
Her father Jamie Spears served as both a conservator of her estate and person for more than a decade, but, in 2019, he temporarily stepped down as manager of her person due to his own health issues.
Jamie Spears has denied acting in anything but his daughter’s best interest, and has declined Rosengart’s demands that he resign immediately, saying in a court filing that in his 13 years in the conservatorship, “to the best of Mr. Spears’ knowledge and belief, not a single medical professional nor the report of a single probate investigator has recommended that Mr. Spears’ presence as Conservator was harming Ms. Spears or that he should be replaced.”
The conservatorship was established in 2008 when Britney Spears’ began to have very public mental struggles as media outlets obsessed over each moment, hordes of paparazzi aggressively followed her everywhere, and she lost custody of her children.