Britney Spears’ mother, Lynne Spears, filed court documents Wednesday requesting permission for the pop star to hire her own lawyer amid her conservatorship battle.
Lynne, who has never had a formal role in what she called Britney’s “unique conservatorship” but is considered an “interested party,” asked in a petition obtained by Page Six that the court “listen to the wishes of her daughter,” which include allowing the Toxic singer to “hire her own private legal counsel” for the first time in 13-plus years.
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Britney, 39, had previously been represented by Samuel D. Ingham III, whom a judge appointed as her lawyer in February 2008 on the heels of her public breakdown.
Ingham requested to resign from the case in paperwork filed Tuesday. Loeb & Loeb LLP, the law firm that had recently been brought on to assist him, also asked to step down, leaving Britney without counsel.
Lynne, 66, called Britney’s June 23 court testimony “a very courageous showing” in Wednesday’s filing and praised her daughter for “baring her heart to the court in an impassioned plea to be heard on several requests.”
She also said Britney is “able to care” for herself and has been able to do so “for the past many years.”
Lynne went on to lay out the Grammy winner’s “requested changes going forward,” including that the conservatorship “be terminated without her having to endure another evaluation,” that she “be allowed to get married and have a baby” with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, and that she be able to “use her voice to take up for herself.”
During Britney’s bombshell testimony, she described the conservatorship — which controls her personal affairs and estate — as “abusive.” She also claimed she “didn’t know” that she could petition for the arrangement to be dissolved.
“I deserve to have a life,” she told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny. “I’ve worked my whole life.”
Britney further alleged that her management team and her estranged father, Jamie Spears, had forced her to go on tour in 2018 and sent her to a mental health facility against her will in 2019, which they have vehemently denied.
The entertainer’s longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, quit on Monday after the explosive court hearing, claiming that his “professional services are no longer needed” as Britney intends to “officially retire.”
Britney, who has been on an indefinite work hiatus since January 2019, has not confirmed Rudolph’s claim that she is quitting music.
The next hearing in the case is set for July 14.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission.
Originally published as Britney’s mum speaks out: ‘Listen to her’