Britney Spears’s father Jamie is preparing to give up control of her finances, which have been the centre of a long-running legal battle, it has been reported.
His lawyer is ready to file legal documents in which Spears signals his readiness to renounce his conservatorship of the 39-year-old former teenage pop phenomenon’s estate, according to showbusiness website TMZ.
But in the papers, he insists that Britney’s petition to have him removed is unjustified and claims he had her best interests at heart.
Lawyers for mother-of-two Britney, who lost control of her own affairs after a mental health crisis in 2008, hit back and accused him of taking “cheap shots” at his daughter.
In June, the singer told a Los Angeles court in an emotional 20-minute statement that she wanted to end the “abusive” conservatorship so she could get married to long-time boyfriend Sam Asghari and have more children.
“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” she said, speaking remotely. “I deserve to have a life.”
Britney, whose fans have been conducting a Free Britney campaign, including protests outside the courthouse during hearings, has a fortune estimated at about £44 million.
TMZ reported that the legal papers Spears is preparing to submit to the court said: “There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr Spears as the Conservator of the Estate.
“Nevertheless, even as Mr Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter … would be in her best interests.
A Britney Spears supporter holds up a portrait of the star during a protest outside a Los Angeles court
“So, even though he most contest this unjustified petition, Mr Spears intends to work with the court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”
The papers go on to insist he will always love Britney unconditionally, and to attack his former wife Lynne, with whom Britney has also had a troubled relationship.
Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, told TMZ he was pleased by the decision to step down but disappointed at the “ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms Spears and others”.
He went on: “We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr Spears, and others … while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate.
“Rather than making false accusations and taking cheap shots at his own daughter, Mr Spears should step aside immediately.”
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