These Photos Show How Ubiquitous Britney Spears Was Before Her Conservatorship

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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

Before her conservatorship, Spears was an ever-present force in the music industry who rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest stars — many of who are now advocating for her freedom.

By Pia Peterson

Posted on July 14, 2021, at 11:45 a.m. ET

The court is due to consider motions from several people involved in the case, which you can read more about here.

Spears has mostly kept out of public view since the conservatorship began in 2008, save for her Vegas Residency and Instagram appearances, both of which have been under the control of the conservatorship.

But it wasn't always that way.

These old photos of Spears performing, whether at home or on a stage, are a reminder of what fame was like for her years ago, when she was at the peak of her musical career.

Fans of Britney Spears are seen in front of the Plaza Athenee Hotel on Nov. 28, 2008, in Paris.

Britney Spears and Alicia Keys backstage after their performances at the NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration in Philadelphia on Feb. 9, 2002.

Patti LaBelle and Britney Spears during the 14th Annual GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards - Green Room and Backstage at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in 2003.

Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez during the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Audience and Backstage at the The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Beyoncé, Pink, and Britney Spears attend the launch of Pepsi's new TV commercial at the National Gallery on Jan. 26, 2004, in London.

Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Britney Spears, and Nelly onstage during MTV's Superbowl halftime show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in 2001.

Britney Spears greets fans at a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 17, 2003, on Hollywood Boulevard in California.

Destiny's Child, Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Sean 'Puffy' Combs, Limp Bizkit, Tyrese Gibson, NSYNC, and the Goo Goo Dolls pose for a photo for photographer David LaChapelle.

Britney Spears and Kanye West in 2004.

Paul Thomas and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin and Britney Spears in 2003.

Britney Spears waves to fans as she leaves San Francisco's Union Square after an appearance and autograph signing in 2000.

Fans push against the locked arms of security at the corner of Post and Powell as Britney Spears leaves Union Square after an appearance and autograph signing in 2000.

Britney Spears and Madonna pose backstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 28, 2003, in New York City.

Britney Spears and Natalie Portman host a New Year's Eve Party at the Hudson Hotel on Dec. 31, 2002, in New York City.

Jack Osbourne, Britney Spears and Kelly Osbourne in 2003.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Britney Spears present at the 2003 Teen Choice Awards.

Britney Spears and Sarah Michelle Gellar at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Britney Spears and Ricky Martin during the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards rehearsals at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Britney Spears and NSYNC in 1999.

2000 Grammy Awards nominees Britney Spears and Marc Anthony backstage at a press conference in New York, where the list of Grammy nominees was announced.

Britney Spears and Will Ferrell during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on April 12, 2003, in Santa Monica, California.

Britney Spears and Colin Farrell arrive at the premiere of The Recruit at the Cinerama Dome on Jan 28, 2003, in Hollywood, California.

Alan Cumming during Britney Spears' Album Release Party for Britney at Centro-Fly on Nov. 6, 2001, in New York City.

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ACLU Files Amicus Brief to Support Britney Spears

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The ACLU filed the brief, along with 25 civil and disability organizations, in support of Spears’ wish to choose her own attorney, which is prohibited by the conservatorship. Spears’ court-appointed lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, resigned from the case last week. The brief, filed with the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, also calls for her to be given access to assistance and tools to make her selection for his replacement. 

“Britney Spears has said that she wants to pick her own lawyer and the court should respect that wish,” Zoë Brennan-Krohn, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Disability Rights Project, said in a Tuesday statement. “The court should ensure Spears has access to the tools she needs to make that choice meaningfully and to hire someone she trusts to advocate for her stated goal: to get out of her conservatorship. Spears’s right to select an attorney is not only a basic tenet of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, but also consistent with principles of personal autonomy and agency. The California Superior Court must recognize Spears’s autonomy and the rights of people with disabilities to live independent, self-directed lives as active members of their communities.”

Amanda Goad, the Audrey Irmas director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU SoCal, added, “Britney’s superstardom and wealth make this an atypical case, but she has described serious infringements on her civil liberties and dignity that are all too typical for people living under conservatorships and guardianships. It’s not just about Britney. We hope that offering supported decision-making to Britney Spears can serve as a model in other cases, because all people living with disabilities or under conservatorship deserve an opportunity to make their own informed choices.”

Ingham was the latest in the team of people surrounding Spears to leave his post following her jarring and emotional testimony given to a Los Angeles court on June 23. Last week, Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph wrote a letter to the pop star’s co-conservators, Jamie Spears and Jodi Montgomery, announcing his resignation.

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