#FreeBritney Trends Ahead of Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Hearing

January 19, 2020 By Jordan Miller

Fans unite ahead of Britney Spears’ important court date.

A hearing discussing Britney’s conservatorship takes place on Wednesday, January 22nd. It could be a sink or swim day for the singer. The meeting will reportedly decide whether the conservatorship shall remain in place for the time being, or if it’s time to take steps towards dissolving the legal restraints.

The hype surrounding the court date resurrected the#FreeBritney hashtag – it began trending on Twitter over the weekend. Around the same time it started trending, Britney posted a photo of a flower on Instagram with the caption, “God bless you all !!!!”

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The evaluation.

People connected to the conservatorship, including her guardians, conservators, doctors and law enforcement officials – people who take part in planning her personal life, financial affairs and medical treatment, were interviewed. They’ll have to prove to the investigator they acted with proper intentions. It’s worth mentioning TMZ previously reported that at one point Britney’s situation amid the ********** era was so dire, she nearly died. Mind you, that was with the conservatorship in place.

The investigator had their work cut out for them. They reviewed Britney’s medical and financial records, as well as her custody agreements and even contractual obligations (**********). One of the questions the investigator will need answering… if Britney was in such a fragile state, why was she embarking on another Vegas residency? And if she wasn’t on the decline, why the mental health facility stay?

Britney also participated in an overall mental health evaluation and those findings will get presented as well.


Custody.

Earlier this year, Jamie Spears stepped down as the personal conservator over Britney, temporarily handing the responsibilities over to a woman named Jodi Montgomery. The move came after Kevin Federline filed a restraining order against Mr. Spears following a physical altercation with Britney’s eldest son, Sean. It bars him from seeing both of Britney and Kevins’ sons for at least three years. That threw a wrench into how he can properly care for Britney as the personal conservator. Because Mr. Spears proved to a judge he may act unstable in the presence of her kids, Britney’s visitation time with them was reduced. That reportedly caused more destruction to her and her father’s strained relationship.

“Jamie isn’t opposed to being removed as conservator of Britney as the person, but will fight any attempt to remove him as conservator of her estate,” a source told Us Weekly. The estate manages Britney’s finances.

Britney wants more time with her two sons, Sean and Jayden, and is preparing to go to court to make sure that happens.

Us Weekly reported Britney wants the judge to agree to 50-50 custodial time split between her and Kevin Federline. “Britney’s goal in the new year is to go to family court and petition the judge for increased custody time with the boys,” the insider said.

“The relationship between Jamie and Britney has completely fallen apart,” the source tells Us. “Britney remains very angry at Jamie because his actions with her kids resulted in losing custody time with the kids.”

As for her relationship with K-Fed, the source says they’re pretty distant apart from “everyday coparenting stuff. They’re cordial but don’t do very much as a family.”


The princess of pop opens up.

Last year, Britney shared a few photos from her Piece Of Me days, and with it included a self-reflective caption. 

It’s rare that Britney lets fans in on her personal journey, but more and more she’s sharing her honest truth.

“I hope y’all haven’t forgotten about me!!! I’m taking this transition in my life to focus on what I really want,” she wrote. “I’ve been working nonstop, well, since I was 8 years old in the business. Sometimes it’s good to stop and reflect !!!! Miss you all … I really do have the best fans in the world !!!”


Reports claimed Britney was “OK” with the conservatorship.

According to court docs filed by Britney’s lawyers, obtained by The Blast, the singer is cool with being in personal and financial conservatorships and has no objection to the newly configured situation. 

Britney’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham, says the reason Britney did not attend past court hearings was because “she does not object to the proposed temporary conservator or prefer another temporary conservator.”

In earlier court docs, Mr. Spears said Britney was “able but unwilling” to attend that hearing.

The site writes, “Britney Spears has made it clear through her legal team she is totally fine with being under a conservatorship.” They add: “Britney’s court-appointed attorney told the court he spoke with his client and the star has no issue with the current legal situation she is in, and has no objections to the conservatorship.”

Interestingly, the public has yet to hear from Britney herself if she is OK with this situation. Instead, the people who make hundreds of thousands of dollars from the conservatorship are the ones making the assurance.

You may recall Britney reportedly tried hiring a lawyer named Jon Eardley in 2008 to help her fight the conservatorship, but was denied after the legal restraints were put in place. Mr. Spears filed a restraining order against Eardley that year, claiming he caused “substantial emotional distress” to Britney. Eardley wanted her to testify in court to back up his claims that she did indeed try to enlist his services to contest the conservatorship, but it never happened. In that same year, leaked voicemails that are believed to be left by Britney back up Eardley’s claims. The woman can be heard saying she feared her kids would be taken away and mentions Eardley by name. Britney’s team labelled the voicemails as fraudulent.

Cut to 2020, Britney is still entangled in the conservatorship, typically meant for someone incapacitated, yet proved she can endure multiple tours, residencies, album promotions and interviews.

The cancellation of **********, Britney’s disappearance from paparazzi and social media and the#FreeBritney campaign sparked by the BritneysGram podcast – which claimed Britney was being held against her will at a mental health facility – created a ripple effect in Britney’s life. The judge overseeing her conservatorship case wanted answers. 

She requested an overall mental health evaluation on the singer and an internal investigation on everyone intimately connected to the conservatorship. That included Britney’s doctor, who suddenly died in August just weeks before a court hearing to discuss his review.

The claims that Britney is perfectly fine with the conservatorship contradict earlier reports from Britney’s court hearing in May. She appeared with mom Lynne and her lawyers in direct opposition of Mr. Spears. According to TMZ, Britney told the judge she was held against her will at a mental health facility, was given medication she did not want to take and asked to dissolve the conservatorship. Mr. Spears countered his daughter’s request by filing to extend the conservatorship into 12 additional states outside of California. That includes Hawaii, where Britney frequently vacations. 


Injunction Against#FreeBritney Blogger

Britney’s conservatorship team recently won an injunction against Anthony Elia, the administrator behind the Absolute Britney blog, barring him from having any involvement in the#FreeBritney campaign.

Britney’s father, who acts as the singer’s conservator of her financials, pursued legal action against Elia after Elia claimed Spears’ team was deleting positive comments on her Instagram to promote a storyline that she’s unwell and “using her social media in a way to negatively portray her and do her harm.”

In a post on social media, Elia stated her team allegedly removed positive comments “to keep up the illusion that she needs help.”

“They were all so quick to remove all comments before but now all the sudden they are leaving all negative ones but removing positive ones!” he claimed at the time. “How much longer is this going to be?!? This has to be human rights violation!!!!#FreeBritney.”

The conservatorship asked the court for unspecified damages because Elia’s claims, according to them, created serious damage to the “business, occupation, reputation as conservator, and standing in the community.”

“It is time for the conspiracy theories about Britney Spears’ well-being and the mob#FreeBritney movement to stop,” the court document stated. “Elia has made it his mission to spread numerous false and malicious lies on the Internet about Britney, her conservatorship, and her team, including that those around Britney are harming her and not acting in her best interests. It is clear that, without any actual information about Britney and what is or is not in her well-being, [he] has made it his agenda to ensure that Britney is no longer in a conservatorship.”


“A while ?? How bout a decade !!!!!”

2019 was a wild ride for Britney. After she abruptly cancelled **********, the pop star was admitted into a mental health facility and remained sight unseen for months on-end. When she was finally spotted, it was due to immense pressure from people demanding to know if the rumors that she was being held there against her will and being force-fed medication were true. To save face, Britney was conveniently photographed by paparazzi, but it cast an eerie shadow on her state of affairs. 

Things changed after that. Her relationship with manager Larry Rudolph became fractured, her parents are at odds regarding how to handle their daughter, and Britney was nowhere to be seen on the Spears’ family vacation soon after.

The Glory singer shared an old photo of a woman chilling on the beach with the words, “I’ve put myself in timeout until I can play nice with others. This may take a while.”

But it was Britney’s caption on that photo that caused a ruckus.

“A while ?? How bout a decade !!!!!”

Britney’s conservatorship has remained in full-effect for just over a decade – fans are under the impression she’s making a direct reference to it and taking a blatant jab.


A hybrid business model.

Spears’s relationship with Rudolph appears to be non-existent at this moment. Rudolph said he hadn’t spoken to Britney in months, and raised eyebrows when he referred to the conservatorship as a business tool.

“The last thing any California state judge wants is to do something incorrectly and inappropriately and be the subject of a story about a judge that has done something wrong by Britney Spears,” he said. “The conservatorship is not a jail. It helps Britney make business decisions and manage her life in ways she can’t do on her own right now.”

Rudolph’s comments about the conservatorship being used as a business tool came at an interesting time. Britneys Gram shared court documents filed by Britney’s former co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, in November 2018 – prior to ********** being cancelled. In them, he justifies to the courts why he deserved a raise in salary. 

[Britney’s] business activities have greatly accelerated due to her increased well being and her capacity to be more engaged in further her career activities. The next several years promise to be very lucrative for the conservatorship estate.”

He also tells the judge the “conservatorship should be viewed more as a hybrid business model.”

It is very unusual for a conservatorship to be used as an ongoing business tool, however Britney’s life is also very non-typical.

Wallet’s statements were made around the time Britney’s medications reportedly became imbalanced. During this period, she was also supposedly distraught by her father’s illness – as Rudolph calls it, it was the “perfect storm” for disaster.

Wallet abruptly left the conservatorship without a clear explanation just months after a judge approved his request for a raise.


A reminder.

Britney appeared in court last May after the#FreeBritney movement gained so much momentum that it prompted a judge to put a meeting on the books. During that hearing, the people in attendance were asked to clear the room so Britney could enter and speak with the judge regarding her situation.

The pop star reportedly told the judge overseeing her conservatorship case she was held against her will at a mental health facility and given medication she didn’t want to take. She also reportedly asked to dissolve the legal restraints, but was denied. 

Britney’s team requested a judge seal the information that will be presented as well as the transcript from the upcoming hearing because it could cause her harm and put her kids “at risk,” The Blast reported. It’s unclear how Britney’s sons could be affected, but her custody arrangement is also under investigation. 

Following the May hearing, Harvey Levin from TMZ claimed to have intimate knowledge of Britney’s situation. He said on the air that Britney had never been formally diagnosed as bipolar. The clip was removed the same day.

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