Britney Spears’ Dad Wants $2 Million Payout Before Stepping Down as Conservator: Lawyer

On Tuesday, Britney Spears’ lawyers asked a California court have the singer’s father step down as conservator without the $2 million payout he is allegedly seeking.

Lawyer Mathew Rosengart filed documents in L.A. County Superior Court which stated that James Spears will not relinquish his role until a scheduled accounting of the conservatorship which will result in a hefty payout for him. Rosengart claimed James Spears’  actions were tantamount to extortion, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“The only question before the Court — which has, unfortunately, been lost for years — is whether Mr. Spears’ prompt suspension and removal are in [the best] interests of Britney Spears […] the unequivocal answer is yes,” Rosengart wrote in the latest filing, according to the Times.

Britney Spears’ father became her conservator in 2008. The singer initially credited the arrangement with saving her career, but she started publicly challenging the arrangement last August.

During a June 23 hearing, Britney Spears, 39, asked the court to remove her father as a conservator and to end the conservatorship without subjecting her to an evaluation. Her petition also requested the matter be resolved in a swift manner.

The 39-year-old singer has called the ongoing conservatorship “abusive,” revealing in court documents that she wants to marry her boyfriend and have children, but the court-mandated arrangement has prevented her from getting a doctor’s appointment to get an IUD removed.

Last month, James Spears filed documents in court which apparently detailed his intention to step down as the conservator of his daughter’s estate. According to the Times, the filing did not provide a date on which he planned to resign.

James Spears’ removal as conservator will be addressed at a September 29 court hearing.

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[Featured image: James Spears, Britney Spears/Associated Press]