Who is Lynne Spears? Britney Spears' mom asks judge to 'listen' to daughter's wishes
Britney Spears' mother has written to the judge overseeing her conservatorship case, requesting that her daughter be allowed to choose her own counsel and stop the legal framework that she claims is wrecking her life, claiming that she is capable of looking after herself and has done so for years.
Spears was recently in the news after she appeared in court and gave testimony regarding her controversial conservatorship for the first time on Wednesday, June 23. The 'Toxic' singer has long wanted to remove her father as her conservator since 2016. She had requested to address the court directly in April.
In 2019, she announced a temporary hiatus from her career until she freed herself of James Spears' conservatorship. On Wednesday, July 7, Lynne Spears, Britney's mother, asked Judge Brenda Penny to "listen to the wishes of her daughter".
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Lynne claimed that her daughter is in a significantly different place now than when her conservatorship began in 2008, according to a court file acquired by CNN on Wednesday, July 7. "On June 23, 2021 in very courageous showing, Conservatee [Britney] appeared by phone and spoke for almost twenty—five minutes, baring her heart to the Court in an impassioned plea to be heard on several requests," Lynne's attorney wrote.
"Petitioner Lynne Spears, interested party and mother of the Conservatee, hereby petitions this Court to listen to the wishes of her daughter, and as first step, respectfully requests an Order granting permission to the Conservatee to hire her own private legal counsel." Britney has "quite literally earned hundreds of millions of dollars" as a star, according to Lynne's lawyer and can support herself.
"It is beyond dispute that this is a unique conservatorship. In the original petition for an appointment, her given address was the UCLA Medical Center. That was over 13 years ago. Now and for the past many years, she is able to care for her person and in fact has, inside the parameters of this conservatorship, earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celebrity. She should no longer be held to the same standard," the statement continued.
Lynne's filing comes one week after her daughter gave dramatic evidence in which she asked for her almost 13-year conservatorship to be removed, which she described as "abusive." She also indicated that she planned to hire an attorney on her own.
In a second motion, Jodi Montgomery, Britney's co-conservator in control of her 'person' - meaning she makes her own medical choices - requested that the court authorize money for protection since she has been receiving death threats, the Daily Mail reported. She claimed Britney wants her to keep control of her person and she even shared a text she claims Britney sent her after she testified in court. The next hearing for the conservatorship is scheduled for July 14.