A Los Angeles court ended Britney Spears’ guardianship, ending the 13-year legal settlement that the pop star has called “abusive” and securing the victory of her “Free Britney” fan movement.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled Friday that the guardianship would end immediately.
Spears’ situation has drawn national scrutiny and increased attention to similar legal guardianships.
The “Toxic” singer had been under the guardianship, previously controlled by her father Jamie Spears, since 2008, following public mental health issues.
But she began to speak publicly about the settlement in June, when she gave scathing testimony in Los Angeles, claiming she has been “traumatized” by the control of her life and medical health.
Among the many accusations she made, Spears, 39, said that according to the agreement she could not marry her boyfriend and was forced to undergo non-stop psychiatric evaluations, as well as take contraceptives.
“I would like to progress and I want to have a real deal. I want to be able to get married and have a baby, “she said.” I was told at this point in the guardianship that I cannot get married or have a baby. “
Jamie Spears filed a request in early September to close the legal settlement, telling the court that “recent events” called into question whether it was necessary. At the end of September, it was officially withdrawn from the agreement.
John Zabel, a certified public accountant, was appointed to serve as a temporary replacement.
Jaime Spears’ legal team said in a court document on Nov. 1 that it still agreed to end his daughter’s guardianship, The Los Angeles Times. indicated.
Ahead of Friday’s hearing, Spears’ fiancee Sam Ashgari shared a video on Instagram of the couple wearing “#FreeBritney is a human rights movement” t-shirts.
After Penny’s ruling, Ashgari posted a solid pink square with the word “FREEDOM.”
“History was made today,” he wrote in the caption. “Britney is free.”
Outside the courtroom, fans rallied in support of Spears, with many carrying flags and signs that read #FreeBritney. Speakers at the rally also raised awareness of other healings and called for broad changes to the system.
Once it was learned that the guardianship was over, the crowd erupted in cheers and celebrated by singing the Spears song “Stronger.”
“After 13 fucking years,” a supporter yelled into a microphone. “Britney Spears!”
The recording artist’s legal settlement has caught the attention of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Washington and sparked changes in California’s guardianship system.
Governor of California Gavin newsomGavin Newsom Manson’s family member Leslie Van Houten was recommended again for parole Newsom says he canceled the climate summit plans because the kids wanted him home for Halloween Republican governors were mostly silent on the infrastructure bill MORE (D) signed legislation in early October that imposes financial penalties on professional conservatives who, according to a court, have abused their ward. These conservatives could also have their licenses sanctioned.
The legislation would also require the court at certain hearings to consider ending the guardianship and would authorize circumstances under which the arrangement may be modified.
—Updated at 5:35 pm