The legal arrangement prevents the international superstar from managing his business and financial affairs.
The father of international pop star Britney Spears has asked a Los Angeles court to end a 13-year guardianship that prohibits the singer from governing her own personal and business affairs.
In a surprise development Tuesday, Jamie Spears, who established the court-sanctioned settlement in 2008, said in a court docket that he believed the judge should “now seriously consider whether this guardianship is no longer necessary.”
The deal has come under increasing scrutiny as 39-year-old Britney Spears has been seeking for months to have her father removed as supervisor of her $ 60 million estate. She told the court in June that the arrangement was “abusive, shameful and humiliating,” and included being prohibited from removing an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) to get pregnant.
“If Ms. Spears wants to end the guardianship and believes she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes she should have that opportunity,” the petition to terminate the legal settlement read.
The filing comes after Jamie Spears first said last month that he was willing to resign as curator. Britney Spears also has a second guardian in charge of her medical and personal affairs.
However, Tuesday’s petition went further, asking the court to end the guardianship entirely.
“Ms. Spears has recently demonstrated a level of independence that calls into question whether a guardian of the person is required,” the presentation reads, citing that the singer hired an attorney of her choice and drove alone again.
The decision to end the guardianship rests with Los Angeles Judge Brenda Penny. The matter will be debated in a hearing on September 29.
Britney Spears, who rose to international fame as a teenager in the early 2000s, was placed under guardianship after suffering a public mental health collapse. The nature of his mental health problems has never been revealed.
In late 2009, he returned to acting, recording several more albums and going on sold-out world tours until his last performance in late 2018.
The singer has said that she will not act again as long as her father is in control of her career.
The New York Times, citing confidential court documents, reported in June that Jamie Spears received a commission for Spears’ performances and tours.
Spears’ prolific production helped spark a grassroots movement called #FreeBritney that has continued to question the singer’s need for the conservative.
The attention has led advocates to call for broader reforms to court-ordered guardianships, which critics say may be poorly regulated and exploitative.