LOS ANGELES (AP) – Britney Spears and her new lawyer say her father is trying to get around $ 2 million in payments before stepping down from the guardianship that controls her life and money, a move they compare to a extortion in a court case Tuesday.
The document filed by the lawyer Matthieu Rosengart says the guardianship’s upcoming scheduled accounting, which James Spears says he wants to complete before stepping down, will mean large payments for him.
“Britney Spears will not be extorted,” said the file. “Sir. Spears ‘blatant attempt to trade the suspension and revocation in exchange for approximately $ 2 million in payments, in addition to the millions already raised from Ms. Spears’ estate by Mr. Spears and his associates, is a failure.
A representative for James Spears did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The deposit is a supplement to The July Rosengart petition on behalf of Britney Spears for the impeachment and suspension of James Spears, which will be addressed in a hearing on September 29.
In his response, James Spears revealed he has already planned to step down guardianship of his daughter, which he controls at least in part since its creation in 2008.
But James Spears has offered no timeline for his departure, saying it would only arise after several lingering issues, including subsequent accounting, were resolved.
James Spears said he would fight any attempt to force him to leave, that there was no reason to and that he had always acted only in his daughter’s best interests.
Rosengart’s latest case argues that while there is a lot of misconduct to deal with, that is not yet the problem.
“The only question before the court – which has sadly been lost for years – is whether the speedy suspension and removal of Mr. Spears is in the best interests of Britney Spears,” the record says, adding later that ” the unequivocal answer is yes. “
Since 2019, James Spears has only controlled his daughter’s finances, having stepped down as supervisor of her personal life.
He was nonetheless the target of much of his daughter’s wrath in a pair of court speeches in June and July, in what she called “abusive” guardianship. Spears said she was forced to use an intrauterine device for birth control, take medication against her will, and prevented from getting married, having another child, or even getting into her car. her boyfriend unsupervised.
“This tutelage does me a lot more harm than good,” Spears, 39, said at the time. “I deserve to have a life.”
In an unrelated case, Ventura County authorities are investigating an allegation of wrongdoing by a staff member at her home who said Britney Spears hit her.
Rosengart called the incident “a” he said she said “made about a cell phone, no hits and obviously no injuries”.