Britney's dad wants her to pay off the rest of his legal bills

Yes, the ones from fighting her conservatorship case.
December 21, 2021 12:10 p.m. EST
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After 13 years of controlling popstar Britney Spears' estate, finances, and personal being, father Jamie Spears isn't quite done yet. In a new petition filed in court, clocking in at 27 pages long, Jamie has requested that Britney pay off his outstanding legal bills due to his lawyers after the ongoing conservatorship battle came to an end in November.

“Prompt payment on account of Jamie’s attorneys’ fees is necessary to ensure the Conservatorship can be wound up quickly and efficiently to allow Britney to take control of her life as she and Jamie desire," says the petition obtained by Variety, which also reports Jamie's lawyers charge a whopping $1200 an hour.

During the lengthy conservatorship, Britney's estate was required to cover all legal fees incurred by Jamie as conservator, in addition to covering her own legal fees. In 2021, Britney accused her father in court of "conservatorship abuse" and also said that he and others responsible for her treatment should be in jail. Jamie was suspended as conservator in September, and the conservatorship was terminated in November. However, the outstanding legal fees loom and, as Jamie's attorneys write in the petition, he could face personal bankruptcy if left to cover the legal fees on his own.

“It would be contrary to public policy if Jamie’s years of dedication to protect his daughter…could subject him to personal bankruptcy and ruin defending baseless claims,” the filing reads. “No person would ever want to step into the role as conservator if a conservatee could force a conservator to personally pay substantial legal fees defending unfounded allegations.”

However, Britney's lawyer Mathew Rosengart, whom she was finally able to retain of her own choosing this year after years of being denied the right to choose her own representation, has lambasted the petition in a statement, calling it an "abomination."

“Mr. Spears reaped many millions of dollars from Britney as a conservator, while paying his lawyers millions more, all from Britney’s work and hard earned money,” Rosengart said. 

“The conservatorship has been terminated and Mr. Spears was suspended ignominiously," he continued. "Under the circumstances, his petition is not only legally meritless, it is an abomination. Britney poignantly testified about the pain her father caused her and this only adds to it."

"This is not what a father who loves his daughter does.”

According to The New York Times, Jamie received an estimated $6 million in his role as conservator during the 13-year arrangement, and had control over Britney's estimated $60 million estate.

Britney herself has made no public comment on this specific matter, but she does seem to be enjoying her newfound freedom. On Monday, she posted to her official Instagram a picture of her with gilt angel wings, writing, "This little angels heart beats for all of you 😇 !!!! With that said …. wings 🦋 are so special ladies and gents !!!!! I LOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEEE YOUUUU ALLLL SOOOOOO MUUUUUCCCCCHH 😹 !!!!!!

She also recently wrote in an Instagram caption that her family treated her with contempt every time she came home.

"When I went home," she captioned a series of selfies on Monday, "the coffee ☕️ would always disappear in the cabinets and also the pics of me beside the coffee pot … so nice to be loved by family 🙄😂🤷🏼‍♀️!!" We're assuming this was written sarcastically.


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