Britney Spears able to hire own attorney in key win, accuses father of 'conservatorship abuse' in court

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Why is Britney Spears in a conservatorship?

Britney was put under conservatorship following her very public breakdown in 2008. Following a year of seemingly erratic behavior—such as shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo's car with an umbrella—the singer was put under a "5150 hold" in a psychiatric hospital for a mental health evaluation. HarpersBAZAAR.comWhat Is the "Free Britney" Movement? - Britney Spears's Conservatorship Details

Who is Britney Spears conservator?

Samuel Ingham Samuel D. Ingham III has been Spears' court-appointed attorney ever since Judge Reva Goetz, Penny's predecessor, first placed the pop star into the conservatorship in 2008. According to The New Yorker, Spears has been paying Ingham $520,000 per year for his services. NPRBritney Spears' Conservatorship Is Back In Court: Who's Who, And What They Want

When is Britney's hearing?

July 14, 2021 Britney Spears conservatorship hearing. cnn.comBritney Spears conservatorship hearing: Live updates

Who is Matthew Rosengart?

Mathew S. Rosengart is a former federal prosecutor, previously serving as a Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney and Justice Department Trial Attorney, where he investigated and prosecuted cases of national and international significance ranging from violent crimes to public corruption, with substantial civil ... gtlaw.comMathew S. Rosengart | Professionals | Greenberg Traurig LLP

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Rep. Matt Gaetz Speaks at #FreeBritney Rally, Says Spears 'Abused By Grifter Father'

Newsweek 15 July, 2021 - 12:27am

Gaetz also claimed Spears, who has been under a conservatorship for 13 years that she has said "traumatized" her, "has been abused by the American justice system."

Gaetz is working on legislation that would change the way conservatorships like the one Spears is currently under, work in the United States. The Florida Republican recently invited Spears to testify before Congress about conservatorship.

"We need to come together, create a federal cause of action, a federal change in the law that will free Britney," the congressman said to cheers from the crowd, "and the millions of Americans who are impacted by a corrupt guardianship system that empowers people to take advantage of the weak."

Gaetz has been the subject of a Justice Department investigation into underage sex trafficking allegations and is a controversial figure in Congress.

"One thing we can all agree on is the Jamie Spears is a dick," he told the #FreeBritney demonstrators Wednesday.

"This case should open our eyes to the broader abuse that occurs in this system to the millions of Americans impacted," Gaetz said, speaking of the conservatorship system. More than a fifth of Florida residents are over 65, and many have accumulated wealth, making them vulnerable to abuse via conservatorship and guardianship, Gaetz has said.

"The momentum that Britney Spears' case has generated...should be seized for broader reform," Gaetz previously told Politico.

Spears is scheduled to attend the Wednesday hearing virtually.

Britney Spears' mother, Lynn Spears, petitioned the court on July 1 to allow her daughter to choose her own attorney, saying, "Now, and for the past many years, Conservatee is able to care for her person and in fact has, within the parameters of this conservatorship, earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celebrity."

Newsweek reached out to Rep. Matt Gaetz's office for comment.

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Britney Spears supporters hold 'Free Britney' rally at Lincoln Memorial

The Hill 14 July, 2021 - 05:06pm

A small crowd gathered for a “free Britney” rally to call attention to the pop star’s 13-year conservatorship at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/xKm7yd9Jua

Participants at one point began marching with signs at the Memorial, chanting "Hey hey, ho ho, the conservatorship has got to go."

I’d estimate about 50 people are here with signs (and fans and umbrellas) for the #FreeBritney rally, which has been organized by the DC-based group Free Britney America: pic.twitter.com/yuXE2ENE74

"Britney's been abused by the media, she's been abused by a grifter father, and she has been abused by the American justice system," Gaetz also said.

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