Britney Spears ‘Refuses To Perform’ While Her Dad Remains In Control Of Her Estate

The request to have her dad removed as a conservator has been denied by a US court.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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The #FreeBritney battle continues, as Britney Spears’ attorney has said the singer refuses to perform as long as her father is still in charge of her estate. Britney has been in a conservatorship due to concerns about her mental health – meaning she's not in total control of her finances and other important life decisions – which has been overseen by her dad, Jamie, since 2008. But the musician has requested to have her father removed from her conservatorship, asking instead for it to be managed by private financial company The Bessemer Trust.

However, the court rejected this request. At a hearing on Tuesday, the popstar’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham, said the pair had not spoken in ‘a long while’, that she was ‘afraid’ of him and that she would not perform so long as he remained in the role. Meanwhile, Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, argued that he always acted in the best interests of his daughter. A judge said she would consider future appeals for his dismissal or outright removal. In the meantime, The Bessemer Trust has been appointed as a co-conservator.

The request happened after Ingham learnt at the end of October, in a letter, that Britney’s father allegedly replaced her longtime business manager, Lou Taylor of Tri-Star Sports and Entertainment Group with Michael Kane of accounting firm Miller Kaplan. When Taylor resigned, James allegedly hired Kane - without informing Britney about any part of the deal. Ingham is now asking the judge to appoint an ‘honest broker’ to control Britney’s finances.

As reported by Billboard, Ingham described the letter in court papers as a ‘blatant attempt by James to try to retain full functional control of her assets, books and records in the face of Britney’s objections, TriStar’s resignation and the appointment of Bessemer Trust. The suggestion that James will hold onto Britney’s assets even after Bessemer Trust is appointed gives rise to a very serious concern as to the safety of Britney’s estate.'

Speaking on Instagram last week, the popstar assured fans that she was fine - despite their concerns for her wellbeing. 'Hi. So I know that there have been a lot of comments and a lot of people saying a lot of different things about me, but I just want to let you guys know that I am fine,' the 38-year-old said in the video. 'I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life.'

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