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We had a feeling that Jamie Spears wouldn’t step down as his daughter’s conservator without a fight…
Britney Spears’s father – who has been her conservator for the past 13 years – appears to be making things as difficult as possible for the pop star, as her legal team has reportedly accused him of trying to “extort” her out of $2 million.
The 69-year-old is allegedly asking for $2 million to cover his legal fees and payments to his former business manager Tri Star, before moving any further with the termination of the conservatorship.
Last month, he agreed to step down as his daughter’s conservator but refused to set a date. His lawyers then insisted that he would be “in a position to step aside” when certain matters were resolved, and “when the time is right”.
In a new court filing on Tuesday, Britney’s legal team vowed that the 39-year-old pop star would “not be extorted”, and once again urged her father to do the right thing and step down immediately.
“Mr Spears and his counsel are now on notice: the status quo is no longer tolerable, and Britney Spears will not be extorted,” read a court filing from Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart.
“Mr Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms Spears’s estate by Mr Spears and his associates, is a non-starter.”
Reports are also claiming that as well as asking for $2 million, he is also requesting praise for his role in the conservatorship, which included handling his daughter’s estate since 2008.
Britney’s lawyers, as you can imagine, didn’t agree, and have instead accused him of dragging his feet and making the conservatorship termination process as difficult as possible…
“His idea of ‘orderly’ is to hang on until someone first brands him ‘father of the year’ and awards him a gold star for his ‘service’,” Mathew Rosengart added.
“In other words, although Mr Spears has, at last, been forced to recognise that it is best for his daughter if he departs now, he claims the right to drag his feet because it is best for him to cling to this conservatorship until he feels sufficiently-vindicated.”
Mathew Rosengart made a request to Judge Brenda Perry that Jamie Spears should be removed as conservator at the next hearing, which is currently scheduled for September 29, adding that it would be the “legally correct, decent and graceful thing to do” for him to step down voluntarily.
“The world heard Ms Spears’s courageous and compelling testimony. Britney Spears’s life matters. Her well-being matters. Every day matters. There is no basis to wait,” he concluded.
Reps for Jamie Spears have yet to respond to media requests for comments on the matter.