The father of pop queen Britney Spears has fired off a response after GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Jim Jordan of Ohio said his “questionable” conservatorship over his daughter should end.
Jamie Spears has come under renewed criticism by the #FreeBritney movement after she came into the spotlight again after the New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears” was released.
At present, Jamie’s conservatorship gives him control over her estate, though the singer has begun legal action to regain control over her life and affairs, Fox News reported.
The documentary suggests that Jamie Spears’ conservatorship has been abusive and that it’s unnecessary because she is in full control of her faculties and can control her estate on her own.
“If the conservatorship process can rip the agency from a woman who was in the prime of her life and one of the most powerful pop stars in the world, imagine what it can do to people who are less powerful and have less of a voice. I’ve heard the story of those people in Florida, and I am concerned about access to due process forwards,” Gaetz said in a statement posted to his congressional site.
Both lawmakers — Jordan is the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee — have sent a letter seeking a hearing in order to “review and examine the plight of Americans trapped unjustly in conservatorships,” which drawing attention specifically to the Spears’ case.
Vivian Thoreen, Jamie’s attorney, told Fox News in a statement that Gaetz and Jordan don’t understand the situation, saying Britney’s legal team has been involved in decisions surrounding the conservatorship for many years.
In addition, Thoreen said an outside, professional third-party also has some input regarding facets of the conservatorship.
“Britney’s Conservatorship of the Estate was co-managed by a private professional fiduciary and her father until early 2019,” Thoreen said. “At that time, Britney requested in court papers that her father be the sole conservator of her estate. Her Conservatorship of the Person is not managed by her father but by a private professional fiduciary.”
Thoreen also objected to the lawmakers’ suggestion of Jamie’s “questionable” motives, saying he is a caring father.
“Jamie Spears has diligently and professionally carried out his duties as one of Britney’s conservators, and his love for his daughter and dedication to protecting her is clearly apparent to the court,” she said, Fox News reported.
“Any time Britney wants to end her conservatorship, she can ask her lawyer to file a petition to terminate it; she has always had this right but in 13 years has never exercised it,” Thoreen continued.
“Britney knows that her Daddy loves her, and that he will be there for her whenever and if she needs him, just as he always has been — conservatorship or not.”
She noted that when Jamie took over Britney’s finances she only had $2.8 million in the bank though she had earned tens of millions per year for more than 10 years. Now, she said, after his intervention, she has a reported $60 million in assets.
Gaetz and Jordan use the Spears example as one of many regarding allegedly unjust conservatorships as justification for hearings.
To that end, the Florida lawmaker told Fox News that Britney Spears herself would be a “great witness.”
“I think Britney would be a great witness … and would likely have a lot to say on this subject,” he said.
The lawmakers sent their letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), but it’s not clear that he’ll agree to hold hearings.
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