Britney Spears’ father has agreed to step down as her conservator, with lawyers calling it a “vindication” for the singer.
Court documents say Jamie Spears is “willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly”.
The documents urge “all interested parties to meet and confer in order to resolve those pending matters in the best interests of Ms. Spears”.
Jamie Spears, pictured in 2012, says he will step down but no timetable has yet been specified. Pic: AP
The star’s fans have supporteD her at court hearings in the US. Pic: AP
Spears‘ finances and personal affairs have been controlled by the legal agreement since 2008, when she suffered a series of mental breakdowns.
Her father has overseen her life and finances for most of that period, but the 39-year-old has been fighting for him to be removed in recent years.
The singer’s lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, said in a statement: “We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed.
“It is vindication for Britney. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms Spears and others.”
Mr Rosengart said a “vigorous investigation” into the conduct of Mr Spears and others would continue, and accused him of reaping “millions from his daughter’s estate” over 13 years.
The court documents say that Mr Spears believes there are no grounds for forcing him out, but will voluntarily withdraw when “pending matters” have been resolved.
“Mr. Spears continues to serve dutifully, and he should not be suspended or removed, and certainly not based on false allegations,” the filing says.
It says he has been “the unremitting target of unjustified attacks” but “does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests”.
“Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to
a new conservator,” according to the documents.
However, no timetable is specified for him withdrawing from the agreement.
The Baby One More Time singer recently said she would never perform again while he remained in control of her life and has repeatedly called for his removal.
In a court appearance last month, Spears said she wanted him charged with conservatorship abuse and removed from the legal agreement.
On 26 July her legal team filed a petition to suspend and remove Jamie Spears from the agreement, which it said was “unequivocally supported by the law and all parties involved” including her medical team.