Britney Spears’ dad ‘saved her life’
Jamie Spears' lawyer has claimed the pop star's father "saved Britney's life" and that people "have it so wrong" about him.
The 68-year-old has been the subject of growing scrutiny, particularly in the aftermath of the controversial Framing Britney Spears documentary which recently aired in the US.
The doco explores the rise of Britney's fame, her mental health struggles, being under her father's conservatorship and the subsequent mobilisation of the #FreeBritney movement set in motion by her fans.
While it's widely believed Jamie has controlled her life and fortune, his lawyer Vivian Thoreen has told ABC News the Times' documentary "has it all wrong".
"I understand that every story needs a villain but people have it so wrong here," Ms Thoreen said, adding Jamie was a "furiously loving, dedicated and loyal father who rescued his daughter from a life-threatening situation".
"People were harming and they were exploiting her," she said.
While Ms Thoreen didn't detail the "life-threatening situation", she said, "Jamie saved Britney's life. Britney's assets were clearly being mismanaged and she was being taken advantage of financially by some of those around her."
Celebrities and fans rallied around Britney after the confronting documentary aired, with the overall essence being that she was failed by Hollywood and her own circle. It airs in Australia on Channel 9 on March 2.
Spears' boyfriend Sam Asghari, who has been dating the singer since 2016, recently called out Jamie for allegedly "trying to control" his relationship with her.
"It's important for people to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles our way," the 27-year-old said on his Instagram Story after the doco aired. "In my opinion, Jamie (Spears) is a total d**k."
In November, Britney's lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, claimed in a hearing that the Toxic singer had become "afraid" of her dad and wanted him removed from her conservatorship.
The case returned to court in early February, where a judge overruled Jamie's objections to an order that established Bessemer Trust Co. as co-conservator of her estate.
Bessemer Trust had originally been appointed as co-conservator alongside Jamie back on November 10 last year. Jamie had since objected, arguing it reduced his powers over his daughter's estate.
Judge Brenda Penny said that making Bessemer Trust and Jamie Spears co-conservators was in the hopes they would "sit down and figure out together the best way to handle this complex estate for the benefit of my client."
She also reportedly acknowledged Britney's desire to have her father removed entirely from the conservatorship arrangement she's been living under since shortly after her 2007 breakdown. Ingham said Britney's desire to remove her father was "a separate issue" and may be discussed at a later date.
It was a small but significant victory for Britney in the slow-moving saga that is her conservatorship.
Originally published as Britney Spears' dad 'saved her life'