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Judge overrules Britney Spears’ father Jamie’s objections over conservatorship order

Britney Spears’ conservatorship battle continued on Thursday with a judge denying her father Jamie Spears’ objections to establishing Bessemer Trust Co as a co-conservator over her estate.  

The pop star filed a petition last fall to replace her father as the sole conservator. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny denied the petition, instead ruling that Jamie should split the role with an independent financial institution. 

At issue in Thursday’s hearing were objections that Jamie raised over the proposed order Britney’s attorney, Samuel Ingham, drew up effectuating the co-conservatorship with Bessemer. 

Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, argued that the order improperly reduced his powers over his daughter’s estate, according to Variety. 

Ingham responded by telling the court that the purpose of the order was to give both Jamie and Bessemer ‘an equal division of responsibility, in the hopes that they would sit down and figure out together the best way to handle this complex estate for the benefit of my client’.

Judge Penny ultimately denied Thoreen’s objections, ruling that the order should not be amended.  

Britney Spears’ conservatorship battle continued on Thursday with a judge denying her father Jamie Spears’ objections to establishing Bessemer Trust Co as a co-conservator over her estate. Pictured: Britney and her father Jamie

Outside the court dozens of Britney’s fans gathered holding signs demanding that the conservatorship be removed

Ingham has separately indicated that he may revisit his request to remove Jamie as conservator entirely, but did not seek to do so on Thursday. 

‘It’s no secret that my client does not want her father as co-conservator, but we recognize that removal is a separate issue,’ the attorney said.  

Bessemer and Jamie are expected to meet to come up with a budget and investment plan for Britney’s estate ahead of another hearing scheduled for March 17. 

Outside the court dozens of fans gathered holding #FreeBritney signs demanding that the conservatorship be removed. 

Jamie was appointed as his daughter’s conservator in 2008 following her very public breakdown. However, last year, he stepped aside from the role due to ongoing health issues. 

Alandria Brown, a supporter of singer Britney Spears, gathers with other supporters outside a courthouse as a judge hears the singer's temporary conservatorship case on Thursday

Alandria Brown, a supporter of singer Britney Spears, gathers with other supporters outside a courthouse as a judge hears the singer’s temporary conservatorship case on Thursday

Two #FreeBritney supporters hold a sign with the words: 'Where is Britney's money?!

Two #FreeBritney supporters hold a sign with the words: ‘Where is Britney’s money?!

The singer's long-running fight to wrest control of her estate away from her father was pulled back into the limelight last week with the release of 'Framing Britney Spears'

The singer’s long-running fight to wrest control of her estate away from her father was pulled back into the limelight last week with the release of ‘Framing Britney Spears’ 

The singer’s long-running fight to wrest control of her estate away from her father was pulled back into the limelight last week with the release of ‘Framing Britney Spears’.

The New York Times documentary shined a light on her past mental health issues, as well as her struggle to regain autonomy in her career. 

While the the Toxic songstress hasn’t addressed the documentary directly, she used Twitter to seemingly suggest that there is much more to her story than what ‘Framing Britney Spears’ provided. 

‘Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person’s life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens,’ she tweeted. 

Jamie was appointed as his daughter's conservator in 2008 following her very public breakdown

Jamie was appointed as his daughter’s conservator in 2008 following her very public breakdown

Britney has not performed live since October 2018 when she wrapped up the final legs of her Piece of Me Tour, after concluding her Las Vegas residency on December 31, 2017

Britney has not performed live since October 2018 when she wrapped up the final legs of her Piece of Me Tour, after concluding her Las Vegas residency on December 31, 2017

A principal motivation for the changes Britney is seeking in her legal status appeared to be her desire to no longer continue performing.

In November, Britney’s attorney told a court that she is scared of her father and is refusing to perform again until he is removed as her conservator.

‘My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,’ Ingham told a judge during a hearing to determine whether another conservator should be appointed. ‘She also stated that she will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career.’

The Circus singer has not performed live since October 2018 when she wrapped up the final legs of her Piece of Me Tour, after concluding her Las Vegas residency on December 31, 2017.

In another tweet this week, Spears appeared to address those reports, insisting in a that while she loves being on stage, she is ‘taking the time to learn and be normal’ and to ‘enjoy the basics of everyday life’.  

Cryptic: While the the Toxic songstress hasn't addressed the documentary directly, she used Twitter to seemingly suggest that there is much more to her story than what Framing Britney Spears provided

Cryptic: While the the Toxic songstress hasn’t addressed the documentary directly, she used Twitter to seemingly suggest that there is much more to her story than what Framing Britney Spears provided

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