Britney Spears compares conservatorship to 'sex trafficking', claims her doctors watch her undress
'I feel ganged up on. I feel bullied. I feel left alone' Britney claimed in her appeal to the court
At a virtual hearing in Los Angeles, Britney Spears requested a judge to release her from a conservatorship primarily controlled by her father. Spears, on Wednesday, June 23, went as far as to liken her experience to being sex trafficked.
The dramatic appeal at the hearing came with her first words in open court in the conservatorship during its 13-year existence. “The only thing comparable is sex trafficking,” Spears told the judge, alleging that her doctors watch her undress, draw an average of eight vials of blood from her a week and have her on six types of medication. Talking about her dad Jamie Spears, she said: "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."
Spears stated her father sent her to a "small rehab program" that would cost $60,000 per month, leaving her crying for an hour while her dad "loved every minute of it." In court, Spears said she 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." Spears also revealed that she wants to sue her family and ultimately share her story with the world. She claimed Jodi Montgomery, who is the current conservator of her personal matters, has asked too much of her, including going to therapy several times a week at a location that leaves her exposed to paparazzi. She went on to lament that she no longer feels she can trust people since she has been "burned" so many times and feels she was "abused" by her previous mental health professional through the medication he prescribed her. Spears went as far as admitting that she got on her knees and thanked God when he died. "I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive," said Spears. "I don't feel like I can live a full life."
Spears further added that her father, James Parnell Spears and anyone involved in the conservatorship should be “in jail.” “I feel ganged up on. I feel bullied. I feel left alone,” Spears said. Spears also revealed that she wants to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari and have a baby, but the conservatorship won’t allow her to. She told the court she’s being pressured to take birth control against her will. “All I want is to own my money and for this to end and for my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his fucking car,” Spears said.
In the written speech that lasted more than 20 minutes, she shared many details that have been carefully secured for years by the court. When an attorney representing her co-conservator stated that the hearing and transcript should be kept sealed if individual medical information was to be revealed, Spears shouted her down to say her words should be public. According to Spears, after she disagreed with a piece of choreography that was supposed to appear in her canceled 2019 Vegas residency, she was forced to take lithium. She made a point of adding that she’s 'not a slave' to anyone and is allowed to say no to a dance move.
More than 100 fans from the #FreeBritney movement assembled outside the courthouse before the trial, holding signs that read “Free Britney now!” and “Get out of Britney’s life!” One fan who was inside the courtroom cried and clapped during the remarks. Spears stated that she has not felt heard in any of her past hearings before the court, all of which were kept sealed from the public.