Britney Spears asked a judge on Wednesday to end the court-appointed guardianship that has controlled the pop star’s finances and affairs since 2008.
The dramatic request came at a hearing in Los Angeles with his first words in court in the 13-year-old’s legal agreement for his supervision.
Spears said the court-imposed guardianship was “abusive” and indicted her father and other people who controlled her.
“I want to end this tutelage without evaluation,” Spears said by phone in a long, emotional and at times insulting speech in which she condemned the legal agreement and her father who had been controlling her most of the time.
“This tutelage is doing me more harm than good,” Spears said. “I deserve to have a life.”
Spears, 39, said she wants to marry boyfriend Sam Asgari and have a baby, but guardianship doesn’t allow her. She explained to the court that they are forcing her to take contraceptives against her will.
“All I want is for me to have my own money and for this to end and for my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his (rude) car,” Spears said.
In the written speech that lasted more than 20 minutes, Spears revealed many details that the court carefully kept.
When a lawyer, representing one of the people responsible for her guardianship, said that the hearing and a copy of it should be kept confidential so that medical information would not be revealed, Spears confronted her and said her words should be made public.
“They interfered in my life, so I feel like it has to be a public hearing and that they have to listen and hear what I have to say,” Spears said.
Spears added that she was forced to take lithium against her will after interrupting rehearsals on a planned stay in Las Vegas in 2019 that was eventually canceled.
She said all she did was disagree with part of the choreography for the shows.
“I am not here to be anyone’s slave,” she said. “I can say no to dance movement.”
The judge was interrupted once and for all by court reporter Spears, who told her to slow down.
About 100 fans of the so-called #FreeBritney movement gathered outside the courtroom ahead of the hearing with banners reading “Free Britney Now!” and “Get out of Britney’s life!”
Spears said she felt that none of her previous court appearances had been heard, all of which were kept confidential.
The judge thanked her for their statements, which she described as “courageous” and did not comment further.
Other lawyers in the courtroom also said that was not the way to respond to the statements, but they agreed, saying they were brave. James Spears’ lawyer, Britney’s father, asked for a break to speak with his client.
Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham III filed a request that the pop star speak to the court at a hearing in April. He said Spears has not formally asked him to file an application to end the guardianship.
Guardianship was established when Spears was going through an emotional crisis in 2008. Spears said this helped save her from financial ruin and made her a first-class pop star.
Her father and her lawyers confirmed that the artist and her fortune, which exceeds 50 million dollars, according to court records, is still vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. By law, Spears is required to demonstrate that she is competent to make her own decisions.
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