Britney Spears ready for new legal fight with her father

Britney Spears could be gearing up for legal action after her lawyer vowed to pursue an investigation into her conservatorship, which controlled her life and money for nearly 14 years, after it was terminated on Friday.

at Rosengart has accused the pop singer’s father of attempting to extort her, and believes accusations of financial mismanagement and surveillance made in a New York Times documentary should be scrutinised.

The documentary, Controlling Britney Spears, claimed Ms Spears had virtually no control of her life throughout the majority of the conservatorship. It revealed how James Spears, her father, allegedly monitored her communications and captured audio recordings from her bedroom.

Jubilation erupted outside the Los Angeles courthouse as soon as the decision to remove the conservatorship was announced. “Britney! Britney! Britney!” the crowd chanted. “Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy!!!” Ms Spears responded on social media. “I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day!!!!” Mr Rosengart was met with screams of joy. “This is a monumental day for Britney Spears,” he said.

“She helped to shine a light not only on conservatorship which was corrupted by her father James P Spears, she helped shine a light on conservatorships and guardianships from coast to coast, California to New York.

“That took a tremendous amount of insight, courage and grace.”

The post-conservatorship fight has in some ways already begun. Mr Spears has parted ways with the lawyers who helped him operate it, and hired Alex Weingarten, who specialises in the kind of litigation that may be coming.

Mr Rosengart said his team have found mismanagement of Ms Spears’s finances, suggesting she could pursue further legal action. Ms Spears could seek criminal charges against her father if this is the case, experts say.

“Britney’s father is managing her $60 million (over €52m) estate, and if he misappropriates or misuses her assets or her funds, he will be subject to criminal or civil liability,” Josephine Gittler, a professor of law at the University of Iowa, told Rolling Stone magazine.

Mr Rosengart alleges Mr Spears took up to $4m from her estate. Investigators are also thought to be delving into Ms Spears’s dealings with the estate’s former business manager, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group.

Ms Spears, (39), has indicated that she will focus on family and her new freedom and may or may not return to making music.

Mr Spears’s lawyers said Mr Rosengart’s allegations ranged from unsubstantiated to impossible, and that he only ever acted in his daughter’s best interest.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2021]

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