Britney Spears approved to hire her own lawyer, judge rules

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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

What is Britney conservatorship?

What is the conservatorship? A conservatorship is granted by a court for individuals who are unable to make their own decisions, like those with dementia or other mental illnesses. Spears' conservatorship is split into two parts - one is for her estate and financial affairs, the other is for her as a person. bbc.comBritney Spears: Singer's conservatorship case explained

What is conservatorship abuse?

While there are a variety of ways that an elderly individual may be abused or exploited, one of the most common types involves financial exploitation. A common way for an individual to take advantage of an older individual is to become his or her conservator, or guardian. peckbloom.comWhat is Conservatorship Abuse?

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny also approved resignations from her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, and the financial group Bessemer Trust that served as a co-conservator. 

Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, will represent the pop star going forward. The changes follow a hearing last month where Spears demanded the judge end the court-ordered arrangement.

Spears broke down while speaking to the court Wednesday, accusing her father, Jamie, of abuse and called on the judge to immediately remove him from the conservatorship. Rosengart requested this on her behalf but an attorney for her father declined, saying he "will not resign this way."

Spears, who has put her career on hold, claimed she had been forced to work 70 hours a week in the past and was forbidden from driving for eight months after getting a speeding ticket. She also claimed she's not allowed to drink coffee or take vitamins for her hair. 

Later Wednesday, Spears shared a video of her horseback riding and doing cartwheels to Instagram, with the caption: "Coming along, folks ... coming along. New with real representation today. I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED !!!! Thank you to my fans who are supporting me. You have no idea what it means to me be supported by such awesome fans !!!! God bless you all !!!!! Pssss this is me celebrating by horseback riding and doing cartwheels today."

At last month's hearing, Spears made damning claims against the conservatorship, saying she was forced to take strong drugs and was prevented from removing a birth control device. On Wednesday, lawyers for her father pushed back, saying the singer is entitled to make her own medical decisions, including the removal of the birth control device. 

A crowd of fans on Wednesday expressed support for the singer outside the hearing, wearing "Free Britney" shirts. Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, appeared outside with fans, calling for an end to the conservatorship. 

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