Britney Spears Will Finally Speak On Her Own Behalf in Court Over Her Conservatorship

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Variety reports that Britney Spears will head to court in June to speak to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny on her legal conservatorship. As the outlet notes, she’s made it clear, amid turmoil in the public over the nature of her legal situation, that she wants father Jamie Spears removed from his role as conservator.

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As the outlet reports, her lawyer, Samuel Ingham, who was appointed to represent spears in probate court, asked the Superior Court to set an “expedited” date for Spears’s testimony at a hearing Tuesday. The official date for that appearance was scheduled for June 23.

In February, the Hulu documentary Framing Britney Spears re-ignited public interest in Spears’s private life, and in the months since, sources close to her have told outlets like Page Six she believes there is a “light” at the end of the tunnel for her. One source even claimed she’d begun work on her own documentary about her life.

On Instagram in March, she officially commented on the documentary, writing that she was “embarrassed.” Variety notes that it isn’t immediately clear what Spears will say in court or what side she will take on her conservatorship. All we know is that she wants her father out.

DISCUSSION

The Britney thing always makes me wonder something. There have been male celebrities who went off the rails publicly, made very poor decisions, mismanaged their own money badly, and/or trusted the wrong people. Guys like Mike Tyson and Charlie Sheen. Would they be under conservatorship too if their families had pushed for that? Did anyone even raise the suggestion in connection to those guys? I don’t recall that happening. I’m not saying a conservatorship is necessarily bad - maybe those guys would have benefited from one. I just wonder how much of this was influenced by paternalistic attitude towards a spiraling female versus “boys will be boys” “a man is in charge of his own destiny” towards a spiraling male or exploitable and incompetent male.