Britney Spears’ father Jamie – who was suspended by a judge from his pop star daughter’s conservatorship – is now requesting that she continue to pay for his legal fees in a move which his famous daughter’s attorney has called an ‘abomination’.
According to Variety on Monday, Jamie had petitioned to seek the court’s ‘confirmation, authorization and direction’ for his daughter’s estate to pay the lawyers who are ‘participating in proceedings concerning Jamie’s ongoing fiduciary duties relating to winding up’ the conservatorship.
Throughout the entirety of her 13-year conservatorship, Britney was required to pay all of her father’s legal bills while he served as her conservator along with her own legal fees to defend herself in the legal arrangement she had been trying to get out of for years.
Variety notes that Spears’ father’s attorney charges around $1,200 per hour.
Ongoing: Britney Spears’ father Jamie – who was suspended by a judge from his pop star daughter’s conservatorship – is now requesting that she continue to pay for his legal fees according to Variety in a move which his famous daughter’s attorney has called an ‘abomination’
The legal documents the publication obtained state: ‘Prompt payment on account of Jamie’s attorneys’ fees is necessary to ensure the Conservatorship can be wound up quickly and efficiently to allow Britney to take control of her life as she and Jamie desire.’
Britney’s attorney responded to the request in a statement to DailyMail.com which read: ‘Mr. Spears reaped many millions of dollars from Britney as a conservator, while paying his lawyers millions more, all from Britney’s work and hard earned money.
‘The conservatorship has been terminated and Mr. Spears was suspended ignominiously. Under the circumstances, his petition is not only legally meritless, it is an abomination. This is not what a father who loves his daughter does.’
This comes hours after it was revealed that Britney’s former business manager Lou Taylor made ‘millions’ from being in charge of the singer’s finances in a deal that was made while Britney was on an involuntary psychiatric hold in 2008, it has been claimed.
According to an investigation from the New York Times, the pop star’s father Jamie Spears had also received a $40,000 loan from Lou’s management company prior to them being hired to handle Britney’s estate.
Jamie, 69, allegedly received the funds from Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group – owned by Lou – less than a month before he filed to have Britney placed under a conservatorship in 2008.
Per the report, the deal was made between Jamie and Lou while Britney, 40, was hospitalized during her well-publicized meltdown, and days later, Jamie filed a petition in a California court to take control of his daughter’s affairs.
The judge approved the request for the conservatorship and the following year, Jamie hired Tri Star to manage Britney’s estate.
Under scrutiny: The company owned by Britney Spears ‘ former manager Lou Taylor (pictured left) made millions managing the star’s finances after loaning her dad Jamie $40,000
During the 13-year conservatorship, Jamie netted an estimated $6million, while Tri Star has declined to reveal how much money it earned from the arrangement. But the report estimates the figure is in the ‘millions’ of dollars.
National Guardianship Association incoming president Anthony Palmieri told the NYT that the decision ‘reeks of conflict of interest’.
He added: ‘It makes me wonder where the allegiance lies. Is the conservator making decisions in the best interest of the conservatee or the business manager who they owe a debt to?’
Lou, 56, stepped down as the singer’s business manager in November of last year and the star’s conservatorship formally ended last month.
Jamie received a loan of ‘at least’ $40,000 from Tri Star at the beginning of his relationship with the firm.
Alex Weingarten, an attorney for Jamie Spears, initially insisted to the Times that Jamie ‘never’ received a loan from Tri Star but later confirmed it.
Britney pictured with her father and mother Lynne Spears
Lou’s lawyer, Charles Harder, insisted Jamie repaid the loan and denied it had any impact on Tri Star’s work with the conservatorship.
He said in an email: ‘A small loan, later repaid, had no affect on Tri Star’s work for the estate in later years.’
The new report also details how accounts for the singer were opened at Stonebridge Wealth Management, a firm Taylor co-founded and co-owned, shortly after the conservatorship began.
The firm claimed it did not receive fees for many services it provided, ‘several other maneuvers appeared to benefit Ms. Taylor,’ the report states.
Those include Britney’s estate allegedly paying for a security company hired by her father to surveil ‘Free Britney’ protesters who criticized Taylor and, one former employee alleges, surveil Britney herself and paying some of Taylor’s personal legal fees.
In 2010 the conservatorship directed tens of thousands of dollars from Britney’s charitable foundation to a conservative Christian counseling group with ties to Taylor and her husband.
DIY: On Monday Britney revealed ‘I haven’t had my pic taken by a photographer in nearly 4 years’ before penning a statement about how her family would give her the short end of the stick
Afterthought: In her caption Spears also maintained that when she would go home both her ‘pics’ and the ‘coffee’ would disappear as she wrote ‘so nice to be loved by family’
Attack mode: Her father accused Britney and her team of releasing ‘statements with no other purpose than to attack’ him and trying to depict him as a ‘disgraced, suspended conservator’
Jamie Spears ‘also at times donated 10 percent of [income derived from Britney] to a church run by the Taylors’, according to a financial document reviewed by The Times.
Earlier this month, Jamie filed a formal complaint against his daughter and her team in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The 69-year-old patriarch claimed he wanted to tie up loose ends and move on after Britney’s conservatorship was officially dissolved, but blasted the 40-year-old singer’s ‘temporary conservators’ for dragging out the process.
He also accused Britney and her team of releasing ‘statements with no other purpose than to attack’ him and trying to depict him as a ‘disgraced, suspended conservator.’
The report comes over a month after Britney’s long-standing conservatorship was terminated. Earlier this month, she regained control over her legal affairs.
The decision was made during a procedural hearing with Judge Brenda Penny granting Britney the power to execute documents herself.
Spreading her wings: Another image shared on December 20 showed Britney standing against a wall with golden wings as she thanked her followers and fans for their support by saying ‘this little angel’s heart beats for all of you’
That means the pop star, who did not attend the hearing, is finally able to sign her own paperwork.
Inside the courtroom, Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart said to Penny that ‘Ms Spears, as an independent woman, not under conservatorship,’ should be able to execute documents herself.
He hailed the ruling outside court afterwards, saying: ‘As of November 12, 2021 for the first time in 13 plus years Britney Spears is a free independent women and Judge Penny once again today acknowledged that by indicating she has the capacity to do whatever she wants.’
The ruling was made ahead of a minor accounting matter Spears must now deal with, but details of it remain private.
It came during a far more subdued hearing, with the crowds of Spears’ supporters chanting for her freedom dissipating in the wake of her conservatorship ending last month.
Celebration: The report comes over a month after Britney’s long-standing conservatorship was terminated after 13 years
Rosengart appeared at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse on behalf of his famous client for the latest hearing in the case, as the singer continues to fight an uphill legal battle.
Jamie, accused of taking up to $4 million from his daughter’s state, appeared remotely by phone and his attorney, Alex Weingarten, was present in the courtroom.
Although the conservatorship was fully terminated, accountant John Zabel was given power of execution of Britney’s estate trust and power to transfer assets into the trust until the next hearing on January 19.
The hearing is expected to deal with accounting matters, as well as the petition for substituted judgment.
That petition will remain under seal, Judge Penny ruled earlier this month, stating she is granting the motion ‘in the interest of protecting the conservatee’s right to privacy.’
Starting a new life: Meanwhile, Britney, who recently became engaged to her long-time boyfriend Sam Asghari, reportedly has no plans of inviting any of her family to her wedding
Weingarten asked the judge for Jamie Spears to have the right to access the estate plan, which was quickly objected by an attorney for Zabel, who said, ‘In a normal situation, a normal person would never have to show their estate plan’ to their family or friends or anyone else.
Meanwhile, Britney, who recently became engaged to her long-time boyfriend Sam Asghari, reportedly has no plans of inviting any of her family to her wedding.
‘Britney can’t wait to get married and truly start her life,’ an insider told Us Weekly. ‘They’ve already begun planning, and she is so happy she gets to finally make these decisions.’
‘As of now, there will be none of her family who is invited to wedding,’ the source added.
Formal outing: The couple pictured attending the Daytime Beauty Awards in 2019