Britney Spears loses bid to remove father from conservatorship

The singer now says she will not perform while her dad, James, retains control of her conservatorship.
/ Source: TODAY

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny rejected Britney Spears’ request to remove her father, James Spears, from her conservatorship.

The singer says she will not perform while her father remains conservator.

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Britney Spears with her father in February 2008, the year he took over her conservatorship.Jean Baptiste Lacroix / WireImage

“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” the pop star’s lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, told the judge, according to the Associated Press. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”

James Spears had served as co-conservator since 2008 when the singer had a highly publicized breakdown. Last year, he took over as sole conservator when lawyer Andrew Wallet stepped aside.

On Tuesday, Judge Penny did allow financial company Bessemer Trust to act as co-conservator, which Britney Spears had requested.

The judge also said she would consider future petitions for his suspension or removal, which Ingham intends to seek.

While Spears, 38, has actively sought her father's removal, his legal team says he has done nothing wrong.

“For over twelve years, Mr. Spears has dutifully served as the Conservator of his daughter’s Estate. Whether working with or without a co-conservator, Mr. Spears has performed his job well,” his lawyers wrote in court documents obtained by NBC News.

“This is not an opinion; he has taken the Estate from being in debt and facing tens of millions of dollars of lawsuits to a current value of well over $60 million. Mr. Spears’ record as Conservator speaks for itself.”

"Throughout his service as Conservator, Mr. Spear’s sole motivation has been his unconditional love for his daughter and a fierce desire to protect her from those trying to take advantage of her," the lawyers added. "The conservatorship continues to exist, and Mr. Spears continues to do the job that he was appointed to do."

This latest development comes two months after the “Toxic” singer sought to deny her father’s desire to seal part of the case, which has spurred on the viral #FreeBritney movement among fans hoping to help free the “Stronger” woman from her father’s grip on the conservatorship.

In August, Spears filed court documents requesting her father be removed as sole conservator, saying she “strongly opposed” the idea of him staying in the role.