Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears’ new lawyer, after a hearing today thanking Britney for her courage, Judge Penny, and the fans. He and his firm are working on a petition to remove Jamie Spears from the conservatorship unless he resigns first. #FreeBritney pic.twitter.com/8ouQ1YQN42
“No words” — Britney on Jamie Lynn performing her songs (2017) pic.twitter.com/a0BlA0fW9c
.@BritneySpears's conservatorship situation is a nightmare. If this can happen to her, it can happen to anybody. We need transparency and accountability in the conservatorship process. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/HQd3o3nufn
I really love every single second of the day spent with my son. Goodnight!
Paris was heading into Fia Restaurant Monday night in Santa Monica with her sister, Nicky -- who was hosting the French Sole summer dinner party -- when a photog asked about Britney's battle.
Clearly, nothing's changed for Paris -- she's still very much on board with the "Free Britney" movement. You'll recall she publicly declared her position during her DJ set in Las Vegas ... days after Brit's testimony.
But, Paris' support for Britney dates back to last year when she told Andy Cohen, "I just love her so much. I feel like if you are an adult, you should be able to live your life and not be controlled."
As we've reported ... Britney posted #FreeBritney herself last week after crying in court and reiterating her desire to end the conservatorship. She also made claims that her father, Jamie, and others had threatened her, and said she wants her dad investigated for conservator abuse.
Paris doesn't go that far, but had 2 words for Jamie that sum up her feelings.
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20 July, 2021 - 04:02pm
20 July, 2021 - 04:02pm
Britney Spears' former bodyguard has claimed she was given a cocktail of powerful drugs once a week when he worked for her in 2010.
Fernando Flores alleged the 39-year-old pop superstar would be given anti-psychotic medications which would make her 'go from sane to talking about parallel universes'.
Flores, 40, who worked for the singer from February to July 2010, claimed her phone was monitored and she was never allowed to leave the house alone under the rules of her conservatorship.
The former police officer, who quit his job after eight months, told The Sun that a woman would visit Britney at her home once a week on a Friday to give her the medication.
Flores made the claims days after Spears secured a major win in her conservatorship battle when a judge granted her the right to appoint her own lawyer, after she told the court she wants her father charged with conservatorship abuse.
Fernando Flores (pictured with Britney in March 2010 in Glendale, California) alleged the 39-year-old pop superstar would be given anti-psychotic medications which would make her 'go from sane to talking about parallel universes'
'I'd explain [to Britney] what everything was — three anti-psychotic medications and birth control pills,' Flores said.
'She’d go from sane to talking about parallel universes.'
Fernando also told how Britney would be left in tears after being called multiple times a day by her father and conservator Jamie Spears, adding that visitors to her mansion in LA would have their bags searched.
'Jamie would call three or four times a day to check what was going on,' he said. 'If she wanted something, she had to ask his permission.
'She spent her days watching TV, or working out. When down, she'd cry listening to [James Brown's] It's A Man's World.'
Fernando also told how Britney would be left in tears after being called multiple times a day by her father and conservator Jamie Spears, adding that visitors to her mansion in LA would have their bags searched
Flores' claims comes just days after Britney shared her outrage at the 'people closest' to her who had failed to help her in her time of need in an Instagram post.
Despite her angry tone, she avoided mention any specific names, though she said they 'know who [they] are.'
Britney posted a short text snippet summarizing her position.
'Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask,' it read.
She went into more specifics in her lengthy caption and sounded notably more upset than she usually allows herself to be on social media.
'There’s nothing worse than when the people closest to you who never showed up for you post things in regard to your situation whatever it may be and speak righteously for support … there’s nothing worse than that!!!!' she wrote.
Betrayed: Britney Spears, 39, lambasted 'people closest' to her who didn't speak out about her treatment under her conservatorship until it became a source of public outrage in a cryptic Instagram post on Friday; seen in 2016 in LA
Furious: She called out people she cared about who 'never show up' when she needed them. 'Did you put your hand out when I was drowning???? Again ... NO,' she wrote angrily
Though she didn't name names, Britney indicated they were part of her closest inner circle by calling them 'the people you love the most.'
'How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE … did you put your hand out when I was drowning????' she continued. 'Again … NO …'
The Toxic singer added that the people she was targeting likely knew she was mad at them.
'If you’re reading this and you know who you are … and you actually have the nerve to say anything about my situation just to save face for yourself publicly!!! If you’re gonna post something …. Please stop with the righteous approach when you’re so far from righteous it’s not even funny,' she added, before adding, 'And have a good day!!!!!'
After airing her grievances, Britney added words of encouragement to others who were dealing with a lack of support: 'If you’re reading this today and you can relate …. I’m sorry because I know what it’s like … and I send you my love!!!!'
The entertainer's post arrived a day after her sister Jamie Lynn Spears, 30, posted a message to her Instagram Stories reading: 'Dear Lord, can we end this bulls**t once and for all? Amen.'
The 30-year-old Zoey 101 star took to Instagram a day after her older sister won the right to appoint her own lawyer and moved one step closer to ending her 13-year conservatorship.
Speaking out: Britney's post arrived a day after her sister Jamie Lynn Spears prayed on Instagram that 'the bulls**t will end' amid her family's ongoing conservatorship drama
Touching: The Zoey 101 star, 30, posted a message on her story reading: 'Dear Lord, can we end this bulls**t once and for all? Amen', as Britney battles to have their father Jamie's control on her life relinquished; Britney and Jamie seen in 2003
Jamie Lynn has previously spoken out about her sister's situation, saying last month: 'I'm so proud of her for using her voice. If ending the conservatorship... or whatever the hell else she wants to do to be happy — I support that...
'I am so proud of her for requesting new counsel like I told her to do many years ago. I'm not my family, I'm my own person. I'm speaking for myself.'
Britney's mother Lynne Spears also shared a cryptic biblical post after the news of her daughter's court victory.
She shared a Bible verse from the Gospel of John to her Instagram on Friday, telling her 41k followers: 'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.'
Optimism? Britney's mother Lynne Spears, 66, also shared a cryptic biblical post from the Gospel of John after the news of her daughter's court victory: 'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it'
Britney shared a celebratory video on Wednesday after being granted the right to choose her own legal representation which first showed her horse riding in an arena on a lead rain. The footage then showed her cartwheeling for joy beside a pond.
Britney captioned the clip: '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 !!!!!'
She then added: 'Pssss this is me celebrating by horseback riding and doing cartwheels today!!!! #FreeBritney'.
Happy days: On Wednesday, Britney shared a clip on Instagram of herself doing cartwheels and horseriding as she celebrated winning the right to appoint her own lawyer and move one step closer to ending her 13-year conservatorship
Joyous: On Wednesday, Britney posted an Instagram clip of her cartwheeling with joy after her court hearing
Hours before, the singer told a court in LA that she wants her father charged with conservatorship abuse, during a hearing in which a judge agreed to her appointing her own lawyer, to bring about an end to the arrangement.
Speaking on the phone, an emotional Britney said: 'I would like to charge my father with conservatorship abuse. I want to press charges against my father today. I want an investigation into my dad.'
She described once again the torment of her conservatorship, in a repeat of her explosive June 23 testimony.
Britney claimed her father and others involved in the conservatorship had threatened her, and added: 'There should be no threats to me at all, ever. I have serious abandonment issues.'
She said that her car keys, hair vitamins and coffee had been taken from her.
She tearfully told Judge Brenda Penny, according to Sky News: 'Ma'am, that's not abuse, that's just f****** cruelty. Excuse my language but it's the truth.'
Britney then told the court: 'I thought they were trying to kill me. If this is not abuse, I don't know what is.'
Breaking down, Britney then requested a short break to compose herself. She called for her father be removed from the complex legal arrangement and be charged with 'conservatorship abuse'.
She wants the conservatorship terminated without the need for a medical assessment, but said her priority was ousting her father from his role while allowing co-conservator Jodi Montgomery to remain in the meantime.
Britney said: 'My dad needs to be removed today and I will be happy with Jodi helping me'.
Lost: Britney's parents Jamie and Lynne are seen in November 2012. They had divorced in 2002
During her testimony, the judge asked Britney to slow down so the court reporter could take it all down: 'I'm here to press charges. I'm angry and I will go there.'
Before she spoke, supporters of the #FreeBritney movement gathered outside Los Angeles Supreme Court for the hearing, where the star's hand-picked attorney Mathew Rosengart was appointed to take over her case.
Judge Penny approved his request, meaning that for the first time since the conservatorship was brought in in 2008, Spears has a lawyer of her own choosing representing her.
On June 23, Spears told the court: 'I haven't really had the opportunity by my own self to actually handpick my own lawyer by myself. And I would like to be able to do that.'
Britney's new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, is seen on Wednesday speaking outside a Los Angeles courthouse where he was appointed as her legal representative
Rosengart told the court on Wednesday he would be filing paperwork in the next few week to end the arrangement that has been in place since 2008.
Once the hearing concluded, Rosengart told a press conference on the steps of the courthouse that Jamie Spears should voluntarily step down as conservator.
He said: 'We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal. The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that's what's in the best interest of the conservatee.'
Rosengart praised Britney's 'courage, passion, and humanity' for speaking out in court, and called her testimony 'clear, lucid, powerful, and compelling.'
'My firm and I will be taking a top to bottom look at what's happened over the past decade,' said Rosengart.
Rosengart's argument was that the singer 'is entitled to due process, which includes the right to a competent lawyer', TMZ reported.
The argument was feared to present a challenge because the terms of the conservatorship mean Spears is prevented from signing any legally binding contracts without her father's permission.
Rosengart argued against this, saying that Jamie should not have the power to reject her choice of lawyer - given that her lawyer is representing her in a case against Jamie himself.
Rosengart is well known as an attorney to the stars having represented a number of high-profile Hollywood clients, including Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck and his brother Casey, Sean Penn and director Michael Mann.
Judge Penny also agreed a petition filed by wealth management firm Bessemer Trust to remove itself as a co-conservator of Spears' multimillion-dollar estate.
This comes after her longtime court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham resigned in the wake of Spears' bombshell court appearance on June 23 where she pleaded for the 'abusive' conservatorship to end.
Britney on June 23 told that she believed she was not allowed to choose her own attorney.
She said: 'I was on tour in 2018. I was forced to do… My management said if I don't do this tour, I will have to find an attorney, and by contract my own management could sue me if I didn't follow through with the tour.
'He handed me a sheet of paper as I got off the stage in Vegas and said I had to sign it. It was very threatening and scary. And with the conservatorship, I couldn't even get my own attorney. So out of fear, I went ahead and I did the tour.'
She gave explosive testimony in last month's hearing where she accused her father of controlling her life and fortune for the last 13 years and likened her situation to that of a sex-trafficked person.
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Britney Spears' attorney Mathew Rosengart is vowing to move "aggressively and expeditiously" to petition to remove Jamie Spears as co-conservator.
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Days after Britney Spears was granted a new lawyer in her fight against her conservatorship, attorney Mathew Rosengart says he is "moving aggressively and expeditiously" to petition to remove the singer's father as co-conservator – "unless he resigns first."
Last Wednesday, Judge Brenda Penny granted Spears' request to hire Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor-turned-skilled litigator, to be her lawyer in the singer's ongoing effort to end her 13-year conservatorship, under which she has little control over her finances or important life decisions.
Spears, who dialed into the hearing, spoke for about 15 minutes and became emotional, saying she wants an "investigation" of the alleged abuse. She also reiterated that she wants her father, James "Jamie" Spears, out as a co-conservator, and that she refuses to undergo more medical assessments, which she called "stupid psych tests."
“I want to press charges for abuse," she said. "Instead of investigating my capacity, I want an investigation on my dad.”
On Monday, Rosengart spoke to reporters outside a Los Angeles courthouse following a hearing involving co-conservator Jodi Montgomery's request for more money for enhanced security after receiving death threats. Jamie Spears has opposed this, and the two have engaged in dueling recriminations via legal documents filed in the case. A decision was delayed until the next hearing, scheduled for July 26.
While speaking to the reporters, Rosengart reiterated his firm's intent to remove Jamie Spears as co-conservator, as he already mentioned at the July 14th hearing.
Spears' new lawyer also expressed gratitude to the singer "for her courage and for her strength," and to Penny, "for her courtesy in welcoming my firm and I into this case."
"And I also want to thank Britney Spears fans and supporters," he added. "The outreach and support for my firm, myself and most importantly Britney has truly been overwhelming from coast to coast and literally throughout the world."
Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears’ new lawyer, after a hearing today thanking Britney for her courage, Judge Penny, and the fans. He and his firm are working on a petition to remove Jamie Spears from the conservatorship unless he resigns first. #FreeBritneypic.twitter.com/8ouQ1YQN42
Spears made waves earlier this week with an emotional social media post that called out her family as she vowed not to perform "on any stages anytime soon" as long as her father remains in control of her conservatorship.
"This conservatorship killed my dreams ... so all I have is hope and hope is the only thing in this world that is very hard to kill ... yet people still try," Spears wrote Saturday in a lengthy Instagram post, adding that her "so-called support system hurt me deeply."
In addition to noting she wouldn't perform as long as her father, James "Jamie" Spears, handles "what I wear, say, do, or think," the singer seemingly took issue with her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, performing one of Britney's songs in a tribute at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards.
Representatives for Britney Spears, Jamie Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears did not respond to USA TODAY's requests for comment.
In her Instagram post, the pop icon said she would "much rather share videos" online of herself dancing in her living room than "onstage in Vegas."
"Look I'm not gonna be performing on any stages anytime soon with my dad handling what I wear, say, do, or think!!!! I've done that for the past 13 years," she wrote. "I'm not gonna put on heavy makeup and try try try on stage again and not be able to do the real deal with remixes of my songs for years and begging to put my new music in my show for MY fans ... so I quit !!!"
"Hope is all I have right now," Spears concluded, calling out those who criticized her latest dancing video in comments. "You're lucky I post anything at all ... if you don't like what you see, unfollow me !!! People try to kill hope because hope is one of the most vulnerable and fragile things there is."
This month, Spears' longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, reportedly announced his resignation in a letter to her conservators, citing the pop icon's intent to "officially retire" from music.
In January 2019, Spears abruptly suspended her Las Vegas residency because of her father's health issues. She has not performed since.
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