Friday, April 12, 2024

Britney Spears’ Potential Conservator Withdraws from Case Leaving Her Father As Sole Manager


Bessemer Trust is passing on the chance to be Britney Spears co-conservator with her father.

The Trust, which hadn’t yet become part of the equation, filed papers today asking to be withdrawn from the soap opera.

The New York Times reports the Trust wrote: “As a result of the conservatee’s testimony at the June 23 hearing, however, Petitioner has become aware that the Conservatee objects to the continuance of her Conservatorship and desires to terminate the conservatorship,” the firm said in the court filing. “Petitioner has heard the Conservatee and respects her wishes.”

That would leave Jamie Spears as sole conservator of Britney’s $60 million estate.

And while it’s popular to yell “Free Britney!” and wish for Spears to be set free of controls, no one who’s saying that is thinking of the implications or responsibility. No one who writes “#Free Britney” on Twitter is willing to take care of her when she breaks down.

Right now, Jamie Spears is protecting Britney, and her two sons with Kevin Federline. Britney does not have custody of the boys, who are now “tweens,” and hasn’t proven that she’s able to care for them on her own.

Meantime, despite all the hoopla, the Times points out that her court-appointed lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, has not yet filed a formal request to terminate the conservatorship with the court. This is despite Britney’s now famous 24 minute phone call to the judge last week in which she said she wanted to sue her family and have another child.

What hasn’t happened yet in the #FreeBritney case is any kind of psychologist’s report. While her fans are of the best intentions, they might temper their enthusiasm until some actual facts are revealed.

As for Bessemer, they were like gossamer, with little substance. Cowards: no one will miss them.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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