EXCLUSIVE: Britney’s dad is seen for the first time since conservatorship hearing: Frail-looking Jamie Spears, 68, is pictured at home where he’s living in a trailer after the pop star revealed shocking details about his control over her
- James ‘Jamie’ Parnell Spears, 68, was pictured in exclusive DailyMail.com photos looking frail while wearing a Monster Energy hat
- He sat talking to friends and signing papers in rural Kentwood, Louisiana where Britney grew up
- Monster Energy has been a sponsor for Jamie Lynn, Britney’s 30-year-old sister who has come under fire for her silence following the hearing
- Jamie, who reportedly receives a salary of about $16,000 per month for his role as conservator, lives in a fifth-wheel trailer parked at a storage facility
- The storage facility also houses much of the memorabilia amassed in her career
Britney Spears’ father has been seen stepping outside of the RV where he lives parked outside a warehouse in Louisiana for the first time since his daughter claimed in explosive testimony that she has been treated like a ‘slave’ and even forced onto birth control.
James ‘Jamie’ Parnell Spears, 68, was pictured in exclusive DailyMail.com photos looking frail while wearing a Monster Energy drink cap as he sat talking to friends and signing papers in rural Kentwood, Louisiana where Britney grew up with her family.
Monster Energy has been a sponsor for Jamie Lynn, Britney’s 30-year-old sister who has come under fire for her silence following the hearing – though it was not clear why their father was wearing the Monster hat. Their brother Bryan has also remained silent.
Her father, Jamie, receives a salary of about $16,000 per month plus an extra $2,000 monthly for office space for his role as conservator, according to the New York Times.
He lives in a fifth-wheel trailer parked at a storage facility on the outskirts of the town that also houses much of the memorabilia amassed over her career.
The RV parked on the property appears to be a Dutchmen ‘Denali’ fifth wheel model, which on RV sales websites can go for around $35,000 for late models.
James ‘Jamie’ Parnell Spears, 68, was pictured in exclusive DailyMail.com photos looking frail while wearing a Monster Energy drink cap as he sat talking to friends and signing papers in rural Kentwood, Louisiana where she grew up
Jamie, who reportedly receives a salary of about $16,000 per month for his role as conservator, lives in a fifth-wheel trailer parked at a storage facility on the outskirts of the town
Monster Energy has been a sponsor for Jamie Lynn, not pictured, Britney’s 30-year-old sister who has come under fire for her silence following the hearing. It was not clear why their father was wearing the Monster hat
Jamie Spears, right, is pictured speaking with a friend while memorabilia, including a toy car, appear to sit on the table
Jamie Spears is pictured speaking with a friend inside a storage unit at the facility on the outskirts of town
Jamie Spears is pictured near where his RV is parked in which he now lives after selling the family home
The pictures come after the hearing earlier this week in which Britney, 39, gave an impassioned 23 minute speech before Los Angeles Judge Brenda Penny on Wednesday. Pictured: The storage facility where Jamie Spears lives
The exclusive photos also show a trailer for the catering company Jamie Spears owns called Cookin Cruzin and Chaos which is still registered at the family’s old home in Kentwood
The RV appears to be a Dutchmen ‘Denali’ fifth wheel model, which on RV sales websites can go for around $35,000
Following Britney’s remote appearance in court, Jamie Spears’ legal team have released a statement insisting he ‘loves his daughter very much’
The exclusive photos also show a trailer for the catering company Jamie Spears owns called Cookin Cruzin and Chaos which is still registered at the family’s old home in Kentwood.
Jamie has sold the house that Britney grew up in, according to the Times.
Since the incredible allegations this week in the hearing to request to end her conservatorship, Britney jetted off to Hawaii with longtime boyfriend Sam Asghai after describing the extent of her misery since her father was given almost complete control over her life and reported $60 million fortune in 2008.
The pictures come after the hearing earlier this week in which Britney, 39, gave an impassioned 23 minute speech before Los Angeles Judge Brenda Penny on Wednesday in which she said her parents should have even been jailed for the way they treated her.
Britney’s highly-publicized and contentious relationship with her once-estranged father has become has birthed ‘Free Britney’ movements worldwide among her fans and fellow celebrities concerned for her welfare.
It was revealed during the Wednesday hearing that Britney wants to end the conservatorship and that she has been opposing it quietly for the past seven years.
‘I want this conservatorship to end – I truly believe that this conservatorship is abusive,’ Spears told Judge Penny.
‘I want to be able to get married to my boyfriend and have a baby but the conservatorship told me I can’t do that,’ she continued.
‘I have an IUD (intrauterine device) inside me to prevent me from having a baby. I want to go to a doctor and take it out so I can have a baby but they (the conservatorship) told me no,’ she added.
‘I feel ganged up on and bullied and alone,’ the singer continued.
‘I want changes. I want changes going forward, and I deserve changes. It’s my wish and dream for all of this to end.’
A court sketch from inside the Los Angeles County Courthouse, with Judge Brenda Penny presiding
Since the incredible revelations this week, Britney jetted off to Hawaii with longtime boyfriend Sam Asghai after describing the extent of her misery since her father was given almost complete control over her life
Britney Spears, pictured, claimed in explosive testimony that she has been treated like a ‘slave’ and even forced onto birth control
Britney even compared the conservatorship to ‘sex trafficking,’ saying they are, ‘making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away credit card, cash, phone, passport.’
She was put on several types of medications including lithium which made her feel ‘drunk,’ adding that her family did nothing and, ‘My dad was all for it.’
Britney’s dad says he’s ‘sorry’ and mom says she’s ‘concerned’
After the bombshell hearing, Britney’s parents Jamie and Lynne both released brief statements to the public.
‘[Jamie] is sorry to see his daughter in so much pain. [He] loves his daughter and misses her very much,’ a statement from Jamie’s representative read.
Lynne’s attorney, Gladstone Jones said the 66-year-old is a ‘very concerned mother’.
Jones encouraged the judge to listen to Britney’s request to hire her own private attorney and to change her care plan.
Britney’s sister Jamie Lynn has come under fire for her silence following the hearing, and has turned off comments on Instagram amid the criticism.
Britney’s brother Bryan has also stayed silent.
‘I cried on the phone to my dad for an hour and he loved every minute of it.
My dad and everyone else who has played a key role in my conservatorship should be in jail,’ she said.
‘They have way too much control. I don’t drink alcohol but I should, considering what they put my heart through,’ Britney added.
The singer also clearly stated to the judge: ‘I want this conservatorship to end – I truly believe that this conservatorship is abusive.’
Britney’s status hearing did not hear any petitions, meaning that a decision on whether to release her from the conservatorship was not requested.
Judge Penny said that she will set a hearing as soon as possible, so that Britney can make that petition.
She was told twice by Judge Penny to slow down after talking too fast, but made it clear she wants the conservatorship to end, immediately.
‘I want to end this conservatorship. I don’t want to be evaluated. I have had enough. I don’t want to be in this stupid conservatorship any more. It’s embarrassing and humiliating. I’m not lying. I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough. I’m done,’ she said.
She was put in a $60,000-a-month treatment facility three years ago, which she initially said publicly that she was happy there, but she admitted in court that was a lie.
‘When I went there they took everything away from me. They watched me change, naked every single day. I sat in a chair for 10 hours a day, seven days a week.
‘I am not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, I’m insane. I’m scared by people. I don’t trust people,’ she added.
‘The conservatorship should end. What state allows people to say, ‘You can’t spend your money unless you do as we say,’ Spears continued.
Britney Spears, second right, is pictured with her family including her father Jamie Spears and mother Lynne Spears and her siblings Bryan Spears and Jamie-Lynn Spears
Jamie Spears and daughter Britney Spears are seen in an Instagram photo
Jamie and Britney Spears are pictured in 2008, the same year he was granted conservatorship over his pop star daughter
After her passionate speech, which Judge Penny called, ‘courageous,’ the singer’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham, said he has not been asked to file a motion to end the conservatorship, but he said if Britney, ‘directs me to file a petition to end the conservatorship, I will do that.’
Judge Penny said she wants to schedule a hearing to discuss the next steps, since there currently is no petition in front of the court.
‘There is no petition before the court. A number of those items that Miss Spears brought before the court, we will be discussing, and they do require petitions,’ said Judge Penny.
Last year, Penny refused a motion to remove Jamie as head of the conservatorship, and appointed financial services company Bessemer Trust to share the duties with him.
Following Britney’s remote appearance in court, Jamie Spears’ legal team released a statement insisting he ‘loves his daughter very much.’
They said: ‘He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr Spears loves his daughter very much.’
Fans have long wondered why Britney has continued to qualify for the two-pronged conservatorship in California, which covers her person and her estate, according to The New York Times.
Conservatorships are typically used as a final effort to help people who cannot care for themselves like people with serious disabilities, mental illness and dementia.
Jamie was only occasionally around for his daughter’s rise to incredible fame and a 2004 court filing obtained by the outlet shows he went to rehab for alcoholism after Britney demanded it.
But Britney herself started struggling by 2007 while headlines speculated on her mental health and substance abuse amid her custody battle over her two young sons.
Jamie was appointed conservator of his daughter and her estate in 2008 just after she was involuntarily taken for psychiatric evaluations over concerns about her mental health and substance abuse.
The New York Times obtained court records before the bombshell hearing on Wednesday, which revealed Britney may have wanted the end the conservatorship as far back as 2014 when her court-appointed lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, said in a hearing closed to the public she wanted to explore removing her father as conservator.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRITNEY SPEARS’ CONSERVATORSHIP BATTLE?
Britney Spears has made it clear that she wants her ‘abusive’ conservatorship battle to come to an end, but it’s certainly not a simple matter.
The 39-year-singer still needs to formally ask a judge by filing a petition to terminate the order, at which point the court would then require a further hearing to assess the situation.
The next step is for Spears to file a formal request to terminate the order – which she said Wednesday she did not know she could do.
Free Britney: Spears fans protest outside a conservatorship court hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court in March this year
‘Ma’am, I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end it,’ she said.
Adding: ‘I’m sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn’t know that. But honestly, but I don’t think I owe anyone to be evaluated.’
A court-appointed investigator will speak with everyone involved in the court-ordered arrangement once a termination request has been filed.
However, legal experts have warned that it won’t be easy for Spears to terminate the agreement without putting up a fight.
MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said after the hearing: ‘This is probably the most unique conservatorship case ever. The judge will not terminate this conservatorship lightly or without ample evidence.’
‘Once the system gets ahold of you… whether it’s a county – or a court-supervised private conservatorship, they will drain your money and it is really hard to get out,’ attorney Peter Walzer told The Los Angeles Times.
‘When it comes to the decision of whether or not to remove the conservatorship, the judge has to ultimately consider the best interest of the conservatee — in this case, Britney Spears,’ Sabino Biondi, a trust and estates attorney and partner at Wilk Auslander LLP in New York City added to the LA Times.
‘Even though she is an adult and appears competent and ready to take over her own affairs, the court has the discretion and responsibility to decide if it is in Britney Spears’ best interest to remove the conservatorship.’
‘If the judge has any concerns that she might not be responsible enough to handle her own financial affairs, [the judge] won’t remove it.’
Attorney Adam Streisand, who used to represent Spears, told CNN Wednesday night: ‘There’s been a terrible miscarriage of justice. She’s been deprived of her rights. She’s never had anyone who has advocated for her.’
Legal analyst Lisa Green told the TODAY show after the hearing: ‘While Britney would wish the judge could wave a magic wand and end this, what’s going to happen is that it will start a whole new proceeding, and the judge will hear from Britney, and her friends and relatives can speak.’
‘But the conservators, including her father, may not agree with her,’ Green added.
What Spears will need now is evidence to prove the conservatorship is no longer necessary, including medical evaluations – which the singer stressed on Wednesday she did not want to do.
On behalf of Britney, Ingham had cited Jamie’s alleged drinking and a ‘shopping list’ of objections to his role as conservator.
In the 2016 documents, an investigator wrote: ‘She articulated she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her. She is ‘sick of being taken advantage of’ and she said she is the one working and earning her money but everyone around her is on her payroll.’
The investigator had determined at the time that it would be best for Britney to remain in the conservatorship because of her ‘complex finances’ and ‘intermittent’ drug issues, The New York Times reported.
Last year, Ingham told the judge that Britney was ‘afraid of her father’ who has faced accusations of physical and verbal abuse.
According to the report, Britney has said her father was ‘obsessed’ with her and wanted to control everything about her – and that she could not even make friends without first getting his approval.
She was also limited to a $2,000 weekly allowance though her father makes about $16,000 per month, plus $2,000 a month for office space rent, as her conservator, according to The New York Times.
Jamie has also been allowed to take a percentage of various deals signed for his daughter including a 2.95% commission for his work on Britney’s successful 2011 Femme Fatale tour and 1.5% of gross revenues from her $138 million Las Vegas residency Piece of Me.’
BRITNEY’S STATEMENT IN FULL
BRITNEY: ‘I just got a new phone, and I have a lot to say, so bear with me. Basically, a lot has happened since two years ago, the last time — I wrote all this down — the last time I was in court.
‘I will be honest with you. I haven’t been back to court in a long time, because I don’t think I was heard on any level when I came to court the last time. I brought four sheets of paper in my hands and wrote in length what I had been through the last four months before I came there.
‘The people who did that to me should not be able to walk away so easily. I’ll recap. I was on tour in 2018. I was forced to do… My management said if I don’t do this tour, I will have to find an attorney’
JUDGE PENNY: ‘Ms. Spears, I hate to interrupt you, but my court reporter is taking down what you’re saying, so you have to speak a little more slowly’
BRITNEY: ‘Oh, of course. Yes. Okay. The people who did this to me should not be able to walk away so easily. To recap: I was on tour in 2018. I was forced to do…
‘My management said if I don’t do this tour, I will have to find an attorney, and by contract my own management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the tour. He handed me a sheet of paper as I got off the stage in Vegas and said I had to sign it. It was very threatening and scary…
‘And with the conservatorship, I couldn’t even get my own attorney. So out of fear, I went ahead and I did the tour…
‘When I came off that tour, a new show in Las Vegas was supposed to take place. I started rehearsing early, but it was hard because I’d been doing Vegas for four years and I needed a break in between…
‘But no, I was told this is the timeline and this is how it’s going to go. I rehearsed four days a week. Half of the time in the studio and a half of the other time in a Westlake studio..
‘I was basically directing most of the show. I actually did most of the choreography, meaning I taught my dancers my new choreography myself. I take everything I do very seriously. There’s tons of video with me at rehearsals. I wasn’t good — I was great. I led a room of 16 new dancers in rehearsals.
‘It’s funny to hear my managers’ side of the story. They all said I wasn’t participating in rehearsals and I never agreed to take my medication — which my medication is only taken in the mornings, never at rehearsal…
‘They don’t even see me. So why are they even claiming that? When I said no to one dance move into rehearsals, it was as if I planted a huge bomb somewhere. And I said no, I don’t want to do it this way.
‘After that, my management, my dancers and my assistant of the new people that were supposed to do the new show all went into a room, shut the door and didn’t come out for at least 45 minutes. Ma’am, I’m not here to be anyone’s slave. I can say no to a dance move…
‘I was told by my at-the-time therapist, Dr. Benson — who died [in 2019] — that my manager called him and then that moment and told him I wasn’t cooperating or following the guidelines in rehearsals…
‘And he also said I wasn’t taking my medication, which is so dumb, because I’ve had the same lady every morning for the past eight years give me my same medication. And I’m nowhere near these stupid people. It made no sense at all.
‘There was a week period where they were nice to me, and I told them I don’t want to do the — They were nice to me, they said if I don’t want to do the new Vegas show, I don’t have to because I was getting really nervous…
‘It was like lifting literally 200 pounds off of me when they said I don’t have to do the show anymore, because it was really really hard on myself and it was too much. I couldn’t take it anymore…
‘So I remember telling my assistant, but y’know what I feel weird if I say no, I feel like they’re gonna come back and be mean to me or punish me or something. Three days later, after I said no to Vegas, my therapist sat me down in a room and said he had a million phone calls about how I was not cooperating in rehearsals, and I haven’t been taking my medication…
‘All this was false. He immediately, the next day, put me on lithium out of nowhere. He took me off my normal meds I’ve been on for five years. And lithium is a very, very strong and completely different medication compared to what I was used to.
‘You can go mentally impaired if you take too much, if you stay on it longer than five months. But he put me on that and I felt drunk. I really couldn’t even take up for myself. I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad really about anything…
‘I told him I was scared, and my doctor had me on six different nurses with this new medication, come to my home, stay with me to monitor me on this new medication, which I never wanted to be on to begin with…
‘There were six different nurses in my home and they wouldn’t let me get in my car to go anywhere for a month…
‘Not only did my family not do a goddamn thing, my dad was all for it. Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad. And my dad acted like he didn’t know that I was told I had to be tested over the Christmas holidays before they sent me away, when my kids went to home to Louisiana. He was the one who approved all of it. My whole family did nothing.
‘Over the two-week holiday, a lady came into my home for four hours a day, sat me down and did a psych test on me. It took forever. But I was I was told I had to. Then after, I got a phone call from my dad, basically saying I’d failed the test or whatever, whatever. “I’m sorry, Britney, you have to listen to your doctors…
‘They’re planning to send you to a small home in Beverly Hills to do a small rehab program that we’re going to make up for you. You’re going to pay $60,000 a month for this.” I cried on the phone for an hour and he loved every minute of it.
‘The control he had over someone as powerful as me — he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%. He loved it. I packed my bags and went to that place. I worked seven days a week, no days off, which in California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking…
‘Making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away — credit card, cash, phone, passport — and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them. They all lived in the house with me, the nurses, the 24-7 security…
‘There was one chef that came there and cooked for me daily during the weekdays. They watched me change every day — naked – morning, noon and night. My body – I had no privacy door for my room. I gave eight vials (?) of blood a week…
‘If I didn’t do any of my meetings and work from eight to six at night, which is 10 hours a day, seven days a week, no days off, I wouldn’t be able to see my kids or my boyfriend. I never had a say in my schedule. They always told me I had to do this. And Ma’am, I will tell you, sitting in a chair 10 hours a day, seven days a week, it ain’t fun… and especially when you can’t walk out the front door…
‘And that’s why I’m telling you this again two years later, after I’ve lied and told the whole world “I’m OK and I’m happy.” It’s a lie. I thought I just maybe if I said that enough maybe I might become happy, because I’ve been in denial…
‘I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. You know, fake it till you make it. But now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day…
‘And the reason I’m telling you this is because I don’t think how the state of California can have all this written in the court documents from the time I showed up and do absolutely nothing — just hire, with my money, another person and keep my dad on board…
‘Ma’am, my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship and my management who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no — ma’am, they should be in jail. Their cruel tactics working for Miley Cyrus as she smokes on joints onstage at the VMAs — nothing is ever done to this generation for doing wrong things…
‘But my precious body, who has worked for my dad for the past f**king 13 years, trying to be so good and pretty. So perfect…
‘When he works me so hard. When I do everything I’m told and the state of California allowed my father — ignorant father — to take his own daughter, who only has a role with me if I work with him, they’ve set back the whole course and allowed him to do that to me…
‘That’s given these people I’ve worked for way too much control. They also threaten me and said, If I don’t go, then I have to go to court. And it will be more embarrassing to me if the judge publicly makes the evidence we have…
‘You have to go. I was advised for my image, I need to go ahead [to rehab] and just go and get it over with. They said that to me. I don’t even drink alcohol — I should drink alcohol, considering what they put my heart through…
‘Also the Bridges facility they sent me to, none of the kids — I was doing this program for four months, so the last two months I went to a Bridges facility. None of the kids there did the program…
‘They never showed up for any of them. You didn’t have to do anything if you didn’t want to. How come they always made me go? How come I was always threatened by my dad and anybody that participated in this conservatorship? If I don’t do this, what they tell me to enslave me to do, they’re gonna punish me…
‘The last time I spoke to you by just keeping the conservatorship going, and also keeping my dad in the loop, made me feel like I was dead — like I didn’t matter, like nothing had been done to me, like you thought I was lying or something. I’m telling you again, because I’m not lying…
‘I want to feel heard. And I’m telling you this again, so maybe you can understand the depth and the degree and the damage that they did to me back then.
‘I want changes, and I want changes going forward. I deserve changes. I was told I have to sit down and be evaluated, again, if I want to end the conservatorship.
‘Ma’am, I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end it. I’m sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn’t know that. But honestly, but I don’t think I owe anyone to be evaluated.
‘I’ve done more than enough. I don’t feel like I should even be in room with anyone to offend me by trying to question my capacity of intelligence, whether I need to be in this stupid conservatorship or not. I’ve done more than enough.
‘I don’t owe these people anything — especially me, the one that has roofed and fed tons of people on tour on the road. It’s embarrassing and demoralizing what I’ve been through.
‘And that’s the main reason I’ve never said it openly. And mainly, I didn’t want to say it openly, because I honestly don’t think anyone would believe me. To be honest with you, the Paris Hilton story on what they did to her to that that school, I didn’t believe any of it. I’m sorry. I’m an outsider, and I’ll just be honest. I didn’t believe it.
‘And maybe I’m wrong, and that’s why I didn’t want to say any of this to anybody, to the public, because I thought people would make fun of me or laugh at me and say, “She’s lying, she’s got everything, she’s Britney Spears.”
‘I’m not lying. I just want my life back. And it’s been 13 years. And it’s enough. It’s been a long time since I’ve owned my money. And it’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end without being tested…
‘Again, it makes no sense whatsoever for the state of California to sit back and literally watch me with their own two eyes, make a living for so many people, and pay so many people, trucks and buses on the road with me and be told, I’m not good enough. But I’m great at what I do. And I allow these people to control what I do, ma’am. And it’s enough. It makes no sense at all.
‘Now, going forward, I’m not willing to meet or see anyone. I’ve met with enough people against my will. I’m done. All I want is to own my money, for this to end, and my boyfriend to drive me in his f*king car.
‘And I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you. I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them.
‘I want to be able to be heard on what they did to me by making me keep this in for so long, it is not good for my heart. I’ve been so angry and I cry every day. It concerns me, I’m told I’m not allowed to expose the people who did this to me.
‘For my sanity, I need you to the judge to approve me to do an interview where I can be heard on what they did to me. And actually, I have the right to use my voice and take up for myself. My attorney says I can’t…
‘It’s not good. I can’t let the public know anything they did to me and by not saying anything, is saying it’s OK.
‘It’s not OK. Actually, I don’t want an interview — I’d much rather just have an open call to you for the press to hear, which I didn’t know today we’re doing, so thank you. Instead of having an interview, honestly, I need that to get it off my heart, the anger and all of it that’s been happening.
‘It’s not fair they’re telling me lies about me openly. Even my family, they do interviews to anyone they want on news stations. My own family doing interviews, and talking about the situation and making me feel so stupid. And I can’t say one thing. And my own people say I can’t say anything.
‘It’s been two years. I want a recorded call to you actually, we’re doing this now — which I didn’t know that we’re doing this. My lawyer, Sam (Ingham), has been very scared for me to go forward because he’s saying if I speak up, I’m being overworked in that facility of that rehab place, that rehab place will sue me. He told me I should keep it to myself.
‘I would personally like to — actually, I’ve grown with a personal relationship with Sam, my lawyer, I’ve been talking to him like three times a week now, we’ve kind of built a relationship but I haven’t really had the opportunity by my own self to actually handpick my own lawyer by myself. And I would like to be able to do that.
‘The main reason why I’m here is because I want to end the conservatorship without having to be evaluated. I’ve done a lot of research, ma’am. And there’s a lot of judges who do end conservatorships for people without them having to be evaluated all the time. The only times they don’t is if a concerned family member says something’s wrong with this person.
‘And considering my family has lived off my conservatorship for 13 years, I won’t be surprised if one of them has something to say going forward, and say, “We don’t think this should end, we have to help her.” Especially if I get my fair turn exposing what they did to me.
‘Also I want to speak to you about my obligations, which, I personally don’t think at the very moment I owe anybody anything. I have three meetings a week I have to attend no matter what. I just don’t like feeling like I work for the people whom I pay. I don’t like being told I have to, no matter what, even if I’m sick. Jodi the conservator says I have to see my Coach Ken even when I’m sick…
‘I would like to do one meeting a week with a therapist. I’ve never before, even before they sent me to that place, had two therapy sessions. I had a doctor and then a therapy person. What I’ve been forced to do illegal in my life. I shouldn’t be told I have to be available three times a week to these people I don’t know.
‘I’m talking to you today because I feel again, yes, even [acting conservator] Jodi [Montgomery] is starting to kind of take it too far with me. They have me going to therapy twice a week and a psychiatrist.
‘I’ve never in the past – wait, they had me going, yeah, twice a week and Dr. Gold, so that’s three times a week. I’ve never in the past had to see a therapist more than once a week. It takes too much out of me going to this man I don’t know.
‘Number one, I’m scared of people. I don’t trust people with what I’ve been through. And the clever setup of being in Westlake, one of the most exposed places in Westlake, which, yesterday, paparazzi showed me coming out of the place literally crying in therapy.
‘It’s embarrassing, and it’s demoralizing. I deserve privacy when I go and have therapy, either at my home, like I’ve done for eight years. They’ve always come to my home. Or when Dr. Benson — the man that died — I went to a place similar to what I went to in Westlake which was very exposed and really bad.
‘Okay, so where was I? It was like, it was identical to Dr. Benson, who illegally, yes 100% abused me by the treatment he gave me, to be totally honest with you, I was so —
JUDGE PENNY: ‘Ms. Spears, excuse me for interrupting you, but my reporter says if you could just slow it down a little bit, because she’s trying to make sure she gets everything that you’re saying…
BRITNEY: ‘OK, cool… And to be totally honest with you, when [Dr. Benson] passed away, I got on my knees and thanked God. In other words, my team is pushing it with me again…
‘I have trapped phobias being in small rooms because of the trauma, locking me up for four months in that place. It’s not okay for them to send me — sorry, I’m going fast — to that small room like that twice a week with another new therapist that I pay that I never even approved. I don’t like it. I don’t want to do that. And I haven’t done anything wrong to deserve this treatment…
‘It’s not okay to force me to do anything I don’t want to do. By law, Jodi and this so-called team should honestly – I should be able to sue them for threatening me and saying if I don’t go and do these meetings twice a week, we can’t let you have your money and go to Maui on your vacations…
‘You have to do what you’re told for this program and then you will be able to go. But it was a very clever thing, one of the most exposed places in Westlake, knowing I have the hot topic of the conservatorship, that over five paparazzis are going to show up and get me crying coming out of that place. I begged them to make sure that they did this at my home, so I would have privacy. I deserve privacy…
‘The conservatorship, from the beginning, once you see someone, whoever it is, in the conservatorship making money, making them money, and myself money and working – that whole statement right there, the conservatorship should end…
‘I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work and provide money and work for myself and pay other people — it makes no sense. The laws need to change. What state allows people to own another person’s money and account and threaten them and saying, “You can’t spend your money unless you do what we want you to do.” And I’m paying them…
‘Ma’am, I’ve worked since I was 17 years old. You have to understand how thin that is for me every morning I get up to know I can’t go somewhere unless I meet people I don’t know every week in a office identical to the one where the therapist was very abusive to me…
‘I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive, and that we can sit here all day and say oh, conservatorships are here to help people. But ma’am, there is a thousand conservatorships that are abusive as well…
‘I don’t feel like I can live a full life. I don’t owe them to go see a man I don’t know and share him my problems. I don’t even believe in therapy. I always think you take it to God. I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated. In the meantime, I want this therapist once a week…
‘I just want him to come to my home. I’m not willing to go to Westlake and be embarrassed by all these scummy paparazzi laughing at my face while I’m crying, coming out and taking my pictures as all these white nice dinners, where people drinking wine at restaurants, watching these places. They set me up by sending me to the most exposed places, and I told them I didn’t want to go there because I knew paparazzi would show up there…
‘They only gave me two options for therapists. And I’m not sure how you make your decisions, ma’am. But this is the only chance for me to talk to you for a while. I need your help, so if you can just kind of let me know where your head is. I don’t really honestly know what to say but my requests are just to end the conservatorship without being evaluated. I want to petition basically to end the conservatorship. But I don’t want to be evaluated, and be sat in a room with people four hours a day, like they did me before. And they made it even worse for me after that happened…
‘I’m honestly new with this. And I’m doing research on all these things. I do know common sense and the method that things can end – for people, it has ended without them being evaluated. So I just want you to take that in consideration…
‘It also took a year, during COVID, to get me any self-care methods. She said there were no services available. She’s lying, ma’am. My mom went to the spot twice in Louisiana during COVID. For a year, I didn’t have my nails done — no hairstyling and no massages, no acupuncture. Nothing for a year. I saw the maids in my home each week with their nails done different each time. She made me feel like my dad does. Very similar, her behavior and my dad, but just a different dynamic…
‘Team wants me to work and stay home instead of having longer vacations. They are used to me sort of doing a weekly routine for them. And I’m over it. I don’t feel like I owe them anything at this point. They need to be reminded they actually work for me…
‘I was supposed to be able to — I have a friend that I used to do AA meetings with. I did AA for two years. I did three meetings a week. I’ve met a bunch of women there. And I’m not able to see my friends that live eight minutes away from me, which I find extremely strange…
‘I feel like they’re making me feel like I live in a rehab program. This is my home. I’d like for my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his car. And I want to meet with a therapist once a week, not twice a week. And I want him to come to my home. Because I actually know I do need a little therapy. (Laughing.)
‘I would like to progressively move forward and I want to have the real deal, I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby, I have a (IUD) inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the (IUD) out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children – any more children. So basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good…
‘I deserve to have a life. I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three year break and just, you know, do what I want to do. But I do feel like there is a crutch here…
‘And I feel open and I’m okay to talk to you today about it. But I wish I could stay with you on the phone forever, because when I get off the phone with you, all of a sudden all I hear all these no’s — no, no, no. And then all of a sudden I get I feel ganged up on and I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone. And I’m tired of feeling alone…
‘I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does, by having a child, a family, any of those things, and more so. And that’s all I wanted to say to you. And thank you so much for letting me speak to you today.’
JUDGE PENNY: ‘Ms. Spears, you’re quite welcome. And also, I just want to tell you that I certainly am sensitive to everything that you said and how you’re feeling and I know that it took a lot of courage for you to say everything you have to say today, and I want to let you know that the court does appreciate your coming on the line and sharing how you’re feeling.’
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