In the most anticipated hearing in the case in years, Britney Spears is expected to speak before a judge overseeing the conservatory, which has overseen the pop star’s money and affairs since 2008.
If Los Angeles Supreme Court Justice Brenda Penny doesn’t make a last-minute decision on Wednesday to seal the trial, Spears’ words will go public for the first time in 13 years of conservatory life.
The hearing was eagerly awaited by fans of the so-called #FreeBritney movement, who feel unfairly controlled against their will and are likely to gather in large numbers outside the courthouse.
Spears, who is scheduled to attend remotely, requested the hearing so she could go to the court directly.
Your court-appointed lawyer Samuel Ingham III. made the motion at an April 28 hearing. He gave no indication of what the 39-year-old pop star is trying to say.
But in recent court records, Spears has sought a greater say in who heads the Conservatory’s leadership and has requested that her father, who has had extensive power over her life and money for most of her life, be removed.
Spears said through Ingham that she fears her father, James Spears, and would not end a 2 1/2 year hiatus in her career while he was in control.
The judge refused to remove James Spears entirely, although he now plays a minor role. He serves as the co-restorer of her finances with the real estate management firm Bessemer Trust and in 2019 handed over his role as curator of his daughter’s life choices to a court-appointed professional.
Last week, Britney Spears said on Instagram that she wasn’t sure she would ever perform live again.
“I have no idea,” she replied to a fan who asked when she wanted to take the stage. “I’m having fun right now. I am in a transition in my life and I enjoy it. That’s it. “
Britney Spears has spoken in court at the Conservatory, but the courtroom has always been cleared and the transcripts sealed.
The last time she was known to have turned to the judge in May 2019.
Spears has since asked for more transparency from the court, and Penny has allowed a lot more to keep them public.
The singer never asked the court to end the restoration entirely, despite having stressed in documents that she reserves the right to do so at any time.
It was introduced when she was going through a mental crisis in 2008. She has credited her for saving her from financial ruin and making her a top pop star.
Her father and his lawyers have stressed that they and their assets, which are more than $ 50 million according to court records, remain vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. By law, Spears would have to prove she is capable of being released and making her own decisions.