Britney Spears was reportedly likened to a ‘comatose patient’ by her lawyer Sam Ingham during a recent hearing regarding her conservatorship.
The singer, 38, is currently in the middle of a legal battle over her conservatorship, after filing against her father Jamie Spears, 68, being made her sole conservator again.
Her father had been the co-conservator of his daughter for 11 years following her high-profile breakdown in 2007 and had managed all her financial affairs and daily life until last year.
In September 2019 he was forced to step down due to medical issues and Jodi Montgomery became Britney’s temporary conservator, with the Lucky hit-maker now wanting to give permanent control of her estate and finances to Jodi.
A hearing took place on Wednesday to discuss the case, with TMZ reporting that a judge had asked for Britney to sign a declaration in order to have a first-hand account of her feelings.
Her lawyer, Mr Ingham, had been speaking on behalf of Britney and commented that she lacks the mental capacity to sign such a declaration.
The publication claims Mr Ingham likened Britney to a ‘comatose patient’ in a bid to exemplify how she isn’t capable of signing a legal document and needs lawyers to speak for her.
The judge had requested the signed declaration from Britney after Mr Ingham said in the hearing that Britney doesn’t want to perform again, but her father Jamie is intent on Britney continuing her music career.
It brought up the issue of whether hearsay regarding the star’s feelings is admissable, as Britney hasn’t herself told the judge in a declaration her plans for her career.
The hearing came after reports claimed Britney could be under her conservatorship for ‘the rest of her life’.
Her former estate manager Andrew Wallet told the Daily Mail that the conservatorship is in place ‘for good reason’ and in Britney’s ‘best interests’.
‘Britney to this day does not have the capacity to sign documents and make decisions for herself. Protecting her assets is very important and for that the conservatorship has to stay in place because she is susceptible to undue influences,’ he claimed.
‘I have had people in conservatorship who have got themselves right and it has been terminated but you don’t see that because they’re not people in the public eye.
‘Other people can be in a conservatorship their whole lives. I’m not saying that’s going to be Britney but it could happen to her.’
A conservatorship is when a guardian (or conservator) is appointed to oversee the financial affairs and/or daily life of another person, who is considered unable to do so themselves.
Concerned for her well-being, fans have created the Free Britney movement and are campaigning for the pop star to be freed from her conservatorship and to be allowed to make her own legal and financial decisions.
The movement has been slammed by Britney’s dad Jamie, who told The New York Post: ‘All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world doesn’t have a clue.
‘It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.’
Britney’s dad is still currently in charge of her conservatorship, with recent reports revealing it has now been extended until February 2021.
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