Britney Spears gets new attorney in conservatorship battle

The judge handling the pop star’s case accepted the resignation of her court-appointed attorney and the appointment of former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart to represent her going forward.

A judge on Wednesday granted pop star Britney Spears’s request to hire her own attorney.

Wednesday’s hearing dealt with some of the fallout from Spears’s emotional testimony last month that she she felt the conservatorship that has run her life for 13 years was abusive and she wanted it to end.

Her court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham, submitted his resignation last week. Spears has chosen former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart to handle her case. Judge Brenda Penny approved both Ingham’s resignation and Rosengart’s appointment.

Rosengart’s first move was to ask that Spears’s father Jamie Spears be removed from the conservatorship, which Penny denied, KTLA reported.

Spears, 39, again spoke to the judge on Wednesday, telling her she was “extremely scared” of her father, who had has led the conservatorship since 2008, NBC News reported. He stepped back from handling the star’s personal affairs in 2019 but still controls her career and business decisions.

“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she said. She later said she wanted an investigation into her father because “this conservatorship has allowed my dad to ruin my life.”

“Their goal was to make me feel crazy and I’m not,” she said. “And that’s not OK.”

Spears’s June 23 testimony prompted legal sniping between Jamie Spears and Jodi Montgomery, a professional conservator who took over the star’s personal affairs when her father stepped back. Additionally, Bessemer Trust, a company Britney Spears had wanted to take over the professional side of the conservatorship from her father but instead was appointed to work alongside him, resigned, saying it didn’t want to be part of an arrangement she didn’t want.

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[Featured image: Jamie Spears, left, and Britney Spears. (AP Photo)]