Britney Spears has asked to go to the court to discuss the conservatory that has controlled her life and finances for 13 years, her attorney said Tuesday, and a judge has set an appointment in June to hear from her to listen.
Court-appointed Spears attorney Samuel Ingham III said in a hearing in the Los Angeles Supreme Court that she had asked to speak to the court soon and agreed to an appointment with Judge Brenda Penny on June 23. He didn’t say what she specifically wanted to say.
It would be the first known time in more than two years that the 39-year-old pop star has spoken in court. The last time, on May 10, 2019, the courtroom was sealed. Nothing she said went public.
The judge can also close the hearing in June for the media and the public. But Spears, through Ingham, pushed for more transparency in the Conservatory’s legal proceedings and documents.
Spears did not attend Tuesday’s hearing, and she attends very rarely.
As with almost every Spears hearing, around 50 fans of the so-called #FreeBritney movement picketed the courthouse downtown.
On Tuesday, they carried signs that read “CONSERVATION IS slavery” and “THIS IS TOXIC”.
A woman wearing a #FreeBritney t-shirt had her head shaved during the demonstration in solidarity with Spears, who shaved her own head just before the Conservatory opened in 2008.
Spears herself has said on court documents and on social media that she welcomes the support for her and the review of her circumstances that has come from fans.
Through Ingham, she has tried to gradually exercise more control over her life and finances in court. However, she has yet to demand that the court terminate the conservatory.