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Some more good news for Britney Spears today, as she has finally won the right to choose her own lawyer in her ongoing fight to free herself from her 13-year conservatorship.
The 39-year-old pop star was previously represented by a court-appointed lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, since the start of her conservatorship 13 years ago. He resigned a few weeks ago, as did Larry Rudolph, her manager of 25 years.
Britney Spears has chosen attorney Mathew Rosengart, who has represented the likes of Steven Spielberg and Sean Penn in the past.
He seems pretty impressive, as Sean Penn said, via a statement, that Rosengart was a “tough as nails streetfighter with a big brain and bigger principles”.
Britney celebrated Mathew Rosengart joining her team by taking to social media to tell her fans, while also thanking them for their continued support. It’s interesting to note that this is the first time she has ever used the #FreeBritney hashtag…
“Coming along, folks … coming along!!!! New with real representation today … I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED !!!!” the post began.
“Thank you to my fans who are supporting me … You have no idea what it means to me be supported by such awesome fans !!!! God bless you all !!!!!
“Pssss this is me celebrating by horseback riding and doing cartwheels today 🤸♂️🤷♀️ !!!! #FreeBritney”
This news comes less than a day after Britney Spears made another emotional court statement about the “abuse” she has suffered as a result of the conservatorship…
Speaking to a court over the phone, the performer said she wanted to “press charges” against her father, Jamie Spears, who has been her conservator for 13 years, claiming that she has suffered “abuse” because of his control over her life and finances.
“I’m here to press charges. I’m angry and I will go there,” she said on Wednesday, July 14.
“You’re allowing my dad to ruin my life. I have to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse.”
She once again reiterated that she was “extremely scared” of her dad, and feared that he, as a recovering alcoholic, would “show up drunk somewhere and embarrass” her.
While also admitting that her hair vitamins and coffee had been confiscated as part of the conservatorship, Britney Spears also told the court that she had “extreme abandonment issues” because of what her father had put her through.
She also said that while she didn’t want to do “stupid” psychiatric evaluations before the court would even consider ending her conservatorship, she did say that she would be “happy” for her co-conservator Jodi Montgomery to remain on her team.
“I just want you to understand how much of my time they have taken by forcing me to do these psyche tests and nothing comes of it,” she continued.
In his first court appearance since being hired as Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart said that his client’s “powerful, compelling, honest” testimony last month proved she was “more than capable of hiring her own counsel”.
“This is not working. We know that,” he added.
Speaking to the AFP news agency outside of court, Mathew Rosengart said that Britney’s father should do the right thing and step down…
“As I said in open court, a very fair question is: Why is Mr Spears not voluntarily stepping down?
“He does not belong in this conservatorship any more. And we believe he should voluntarily step down immediately.”
Looks like Britney is in good hands, from what we can see so far!