Following last week’s high-profile court appearance from Britney Spears in which she emotionally pleaded that her father is removed from her conservatorship, The New Yorker has reported further details of mistreatment suffered by the pop star.
When Britney Spears burst onto the scene in 1998 with ‘…Baby One More Time’, she was only sixteen years old. From the very start, this has created issues with who controls the singer’s estate.
In 2008, the singer’s management was placed in the hands of her legal guardians in an arrangement known as conservatorship after the singer’s mental health issues unfurled publicly.
Under U.S law, a conservatorship is defined as “the appointment of a guardian or a protector by a judge to manage the financial affairs and/or daily life of another person due to old age or physical or mental limitations.”
Thus, following the 2008 ruling, Britney Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, has been in control of her estate and management. In recent years, however, the singer has been attempting to legally dismiss him from the role and retain control of her own affairs.
It had previously been reported that Jamie Spears had been aggressive and overly controlling, dictating that his daughter remained on birth control, monitoring who she dated and even the colour of her kitchen cabinets. This latest New Yorker report corroborates even further alleged mistreatment.
As part of the report, journalists Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino spoke to Jacqueline Butcher, a former family friend who recalled an incident whereby Jamie confronted his daughter yelling: “You’re fat. Daddy’s gonna get you on a diet and a trainer, and you’re gonna get back in shape.’”
Butcher then claimed that “Jamie wore Spears down”. Adding, “He would get all in her face—spittle was flying—telling her she was a whore and a terrible mother.” She also only had limited access to her children at this stage and allegedly her father “got rid of anyone his daughter had been close to,” including firing a housekeeper that both Britney and her daughter had become friends with.
The report also states that on the evening prior to her court appearance Britney called the police to report that she had been the victim of conservatorship, which sparked concerns within her legal team regarding the potential mental strain of the court case itself. The following day, however, she conducted herself emotionally but always controlled, nevertheless.
While a judge refused to remove Jamie Spears last week, further legal proceedings are expected. For the full story so far, click here.