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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 time is Britney Spears hearing?

The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. local time at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. The last hearing was publicly accessible online, but the Los Angeles Superior Court has since ended remote hearings, so testimony can only be heard inside the courtroom. Page SixWhat to expect from Britney Spears conservatorship hearing on Wednesday

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?

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Britney Spears' conservatorship saga continued with yet another hearing on Wednesday.

At the hearing, a judge ruled that Spears would be allowed to hire her own attorney for the case after asking the court for permission to do so.

"I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse," Spears said in court of her father Jamie Spears. The singer went on to say she wants Jamie investigated and that "this conservatorship has allowed my dad to ruin my life."

She said she is now representing herself and wants "to press charges" against her dad, adding that she feels "angry."

The star broke down in tears as she pleaded for her father to be removed as her conservator and also spoke about the abandonment issues that she faces after growing up "extremely scared" of her dad, "worried he was going to show up drunk somewhere."

The ruling comes three weeks after Spears' explosive testimony in which she deemed the conservatorship "abusive" and railed against her father Jamie for exerting control over her and taking money from her.

In Wednesday's hearing, Spears doubled down on a list of things she's been barred from doing, including taking vitamins and driving, saying, "That's not abuse, that's f--- cruelty."

Jamie's attorney fired back, however, and said that many of Spears' "characterizations and memories are just incorrect" and there were "a lot of misstatements because of lack of recollection, information and understanding" when she spoke on Wednesday and last time on June 23.

The case has been in a whirlwind since the initial testimony in June, most notably with Spears' court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham resigning after she asked for permission to hire her own counsel. 

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Ingham’s resignation and signed off on his replacement of Spears' choosing: Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor. 

Additionally, Bessemer Trust's request to be removed as a co-conservator was granted by the court. In court documents previously obtained by Fox News that were filed after Spears spoke out, Bessemer cited "changed circumstances" as the reasoning for their removal request.

Reps for Spears and her father Jamie did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

The ruling will certainly appease Spears' mother, who previously requested the court allow her daughter to hire her "own private" lawyer.

The tension between Jamie and Spears' personal conservator, Jodi Montgomery, has also bubbled up, with the two trading jabs and accusations over Spears' conservatorship. 

Meanwhile, Spears is reportedly feeling "confident and strong" about the future of her conservatorship and appears to be looking to move on with her life. She's said to be awaiting a marriage proposal from boyfriend Sam Asghari as rumors she's retiring from the music industry swirl.

Several high-profile figures including Elon Musk, Madonna and Paris Hilton have recently expressed support for Spears, while her sister Jamie Lynn has openly declared that despite not using the #FreeBritney hashtag, she supports her sister.

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