Britney Spears’ lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, has slammed her father, Jamie Spears, for requesting that Britney pay his legal bills after he was suspended from her now-discontinued conservatorship. Mr Spears was singled out by the lawyer, who termed his demand “shameful.”
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Mr Rosengart addressed Mr Jamie’s demand. “, he explained “The request is reprehensible. As Britney’s conservator, Mr. Spears collected millions of dollars while paying his lawyers millions more, all from Britney’s hard work and hard-earned money.”
He said, “The conservatorship has been terminated and Mr Spears was suspended ignominiously. Under the circumstances, his petition is not only legally meritless, it is an abomination. Britney poignantly testified about the pain her father caused her and this only adds to it. This is not what a father who loves his daughter does.”
Mr Spears asked the court to fund the costs of his legal representation, who are “engaging in proceedings addressing his ongoing fiduciary duties linked to winding up” the singer’s conservatorship, according to court documents acquired by The Hollywood Reporter.
When she brought her father to court over the legal arrangement, the singer was required to pay both her own and her father’s legal bills and fees as part of the conservatorship agreement.
It came to an end in September, when Mr Spears petitioned to terminate his legal conservatorship before being fired as the pop star’s conservator. Britney’s conservatorship was then legally dissolved by a LA judge in November of this year.
The appeal comes after the Grammy-winning singer’s repeated pleas over the last decade, which peaked in the last year, to have her father removed as conservator of her person and estate.
Britney Spears spoke for herself in court in June, saying that she was “traumatized” by a “abusive” conservatorship that forced her to tour and change her meds against her will, among other things.
Britney Spears was first placed under conservatorship in 2008, with the conditions of the court-ordered arrangement requiring her father to supervise his daughter. The next hearing is scheduled for January 19 to discuss unresolved accounting and other matters.