Britney Spears’ former tour manager claims her conservators controlled ‘every aspect of her medical care’
- Britney Spears’ ex-tour manager Dan George detailed how much the star’s conservators have controlled her medical care for over a decade
- George came forward with his observations of how the singer, 39, was treated while working with her on the Circus tour from 2008 to 2009
- ‘The conservatorship dictated to her who her doctors were going to be, which doctors she was going to see, how often she was going to see them, how long those sessions would be — every aspect of her medical care,’ he said in new preview for CNN’s upcoming documentary
- George’s statement comes after Spears claimed her conservatorship was so restrictive that she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD birth
- While speaking to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny in June, the mom-of-two said she just wanted her ‘life back’
- Since 2008 Britney has been under a court order where her dad has held the power over all of her personal and financial decisions following her multiple involuntary holds in psychiatric hospitals
- Jodie Montgomery became Britney’s Conservator Of Person in 2019 whereas her father is in control of her finances as the Conservator of her Estate
Britney Spears’ former tour manager Dan George detailed just how much the star’s conservators have controlled her medical care for over a decade.
In an explosive interview, George came forward with his observations of how the singer, 39, was treated while working with her on the Circus tour from 2008 to 2009 during CNN’s upcoming documentary TOXIC: Britney Spears’ Battle for Freedom.
‘The conservatorship dictated to her who her doctors were going to be, which doctors she was going to see, how often she was going to see them, how long those sessions would be — every aspect of her medical care,’ he said in a preview for one-hour special, obtained by Page Six.
Not okay: Britney Spears’ former tour manager Dan George detailed just how much the star’s conservators have controlled her medical care for over a decade; seen in 2018
George’s statement comes after Spears testified that her conservatorship was so restrictive that she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD birth control.
While speaking to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny in June, the mom-of-two said she just wanted her ‘life back.’
The Gimme More singer has been under a court order for 13 years where her dad has held the power over all of her personal and financial decisions following her multiple involuntary holds in psychiatric hospitals.
Speaking out: In an explosive revelation, George added his observations about her treatment in CNN’s TOXIC: Britney Spears’ Battle for Freedom
‘The conservatorship dictated to her who her doctors were going to be, which doctors she was going to see, how often she was going to see them, how long those sessions would be — every aspect of her medical care,’ he said in a preview for the upcoming documentary, obtained by Page Six
Since her shocking testimony, Britney’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham, resigned after failing to file paperwork to end the conservatorship.
And just the day before, Britney’s longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, resigned saying he was no longer needed.
Her new attorney, Mathew S. Rosengart, filed documents last Wednesday to end the conservatorship without a psychiatric evaluation and put a plan in place to ‘completely and inevitably’ end the legal arrangement this fall.
Jamie Spears is pictured with his daughter in 2015. On Tuesday he filed court documents to officially end his 13-year control of her estate
This month, Britney’s father also filed a petition to end his controversial control over her estate.
In his filing, Jamie stated that his daughter’s situation has changed ‘to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist.’
‘As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,’ the document says. ‘If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.’
Progress: Since her shocking testimony, Britney’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham, resigned after failing to file paperwork to end the conservatorship
Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move.
The pop singer, who has been performing since she was a child, has been battling for the last two years to free herself from a conservatorship imposed in 2008, when she had a mental breakdown.
Criticism of the arrangement has grown, with the singer and her supporters arguing that it may have been initially useful, but had long outgrown its purpose.
Jamie Spears was being paid $16,000 a month to manage his daughter’s affairs, while she was touring and raking in millions.
On August 12, amid mounting pressure from his daughter, his ex-wife Lynne and Britney’s fans, Jamie agreed to step down – but only when everything was in place. He did not indicate how long that would be.
Fighting for freedom: Her new attorney, Mathew S. Rosengart, filed documents last Wednesday to end the conservatorship without a psychiatric evaluation and put a plan in place to ‘completely and inevitably’ end the legal arrangement this fall; seen in 2016
Jamie was, until mid August, defying calls for him to step down.
On August 6 he said in a court filing there were ‘no grounds whatsoever’ for him to step aside, describing his daughter as ‘mentally sick’.
Jamie Spears claimed in a court filing that Britney is struggling so much with her mental health that court-appointed professional Jodi Montgomery, who overseas the popstar’s life decisions, recommended hospitalizing her on emergency psychiatric hold.
Jamie Spears said Montgomery had called him in July, distraught, and sought his help with his daughter’s mental health struggles.
He claimed that Montgomery had explained that Britney was not taking her medications properly and refused to see some of her doctors and that she was ‘spiraling out of control’.
An end in sight? This month, Britney’s father also filed a petition to end his controversial control over her estate (pictured in 2019)
But Montgomery and her lawyer said in response that Spears ‘misrepresented and manipulated’ the call to use it to his own advantage’.
Montgomery acknowledged, in a statement through her attorney Lauriann Wright, having concerns about Britney Spears’ behavior and mental health, but said James Spears’ stepping down would only help.
The statement said ‘having her father Jamie Spears continuing to serve as her Conservator instead of a neutral professional fiduciary is having a serious impact on Ms. Spears’ mental health.’
At no time during the phone call did Montgomery suggest Britney Spears qualifies for a psychiatric hold, the statement said.
Montgomery was ‘saddened’ that the call ‘is now being misrepresented and manipulated’ by James Spears ‘to gain some sort of tactical advantage in the pending proceedings to remove him.’
The fighting between those involved in the conservatorship has grown increasingly heated, and increasingly public, since Spears’ dramatic testimony on June 23, when she told a judge ‘I just want my life back.’
It has also sharply divided the family, with Britney’s mother Lynne, 66, and sister Jamie-Lynn, 34, supporting the singer – but Britney publicly rejecting their support and accusing them of being absent and uncaring.
The court filings came as Britney’s former bodyguard claimed she is living ‘like an inmate in a golden prison’ as the singer has her phone calls monitored and is not allowed out unsupervised.
TIMELINE OF BRITNEY’S COMPLEX CONSERVATORSHIP AND HOW IT BEGAN
Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated
2002: Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears divorce.
Britney breaks up with Justin Timberlake around the same time.
2004: Britney marries Kevin Federline.
2007: Britney, struggling through a custody battle and split with Kevin, shaves her head and attacks a paparazzo’s car.
2008: Jamie Spears files for conservatorship of Britney, claiming she is not legally well enough to make her own decisions.
Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline. Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship
2009-2019: QUIET CONSERVATORSHIP YEARS
The conservatorship – which had been temporary – is extended every year.
In court papers, Jamie’s attorneys describe how she is making more money
JANUARY 2019: THE ARRANGEMENT STARTS TO CRUMBLE
Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency
Britney announces an ‘indefinite’ work hiatus and cancels her lucrative Las Vegas residency.
Jamie files paperwork asking for the conservatorship to be extended beyond California, to apply in Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida as well
He steps down as her primary conservator after allegations he abused one of her sons but is still listed as one of those in charge
EARLY 2020: Britney, Jamie and Jamie-Lynne are in Louisiana together for two weeks.
The #FreeBritney movement is picking up.
His attorneys claim everyone is happy together and enjoying spending time together in quarantine.
NOVEMBER 2020: Britney’s attorneys claim in papers that she’s afraid of her father and they ask for Bessemer Trust to be put in charge.
Her fans start speculating over her cryptic Instagram posts and videos that she wants a way out.
DECEMBER 2020: The conservatorship is extended until September 2021.
FEBRUARY 5, 2021: Framing Britney Spears debuts on Hulu.
The conservatorship that Britney was put under is ordinarily used in situations where older, perhaps senile people, can no longer look after their own affairs.
Fans are concerned for her well-being and have demanded that she be released from the control of her father, Jamie
It gives control over to an appointed conservator for the best interest of the recipient but in most cases, the recipient is not healthy enough to make their own money, unlike Britney who makes millions. Under the rules of the probate conservatorship, Jamie now has equal control over her estate to a third party and an attorney, Andrew Wallet.
Wallet derives a salary of $426,000 a year from Britney’s estate.
He, Jamie and the third party who was brought on recently can make deals on her behalf and restrict her visitors.
JUNE 23, 2021 – BRITNEY SPEAKS OUT IN COURT
Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari
In emotional testimony, Britney told the court that she had suffered psychologically for years as a result of the conservatorship which she said was so restrictive, she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD birth control.
JUNE 30, 2021 – JUDGE DENIES BRITNEY’S REQUEST TO REMOVE JAMIE
Judge Brenda Penny, responding to Britney’s November 2020 request, refuses to remove Jamie from the agreement.
She doesn’t say why but she does invite her attorney to file paperwork to end it, which he doesn’t.
JULY 1, 2021 – BESSEMER TRUST RESIGNS AFTER BEING PUT IN CHARGE WITH JAMIE
A day after the judge’s ruling, Bessemer Trust, which had been brought on, resigned, saying they were never aware that Britney wanted to end the conservatorship.
In a court filing, the company’s attorneys said: ‘We heard her and respect her wishes.’
JULY 5, 2021 – BRITNEY’S LONG-TIME MANAGER RESIGNS
Larry Rudolph wrote a letter to Jamie and the conservatorship to say he was no longer needed since Britney wanted to retire.
He said he hadn’t spoken to her for two years but had been told by others that she wanted to step down.
JULY 6, 2021 – BRITNEY’S ATTORNEY STEPS DOWN
Sam Ingham, the attorney appointed to represent Britney in 2008, steps down after failing to file paperwork to terminate the conservatorship, despite her pleas.
JULY 14, 2021 -BRITNEY WINS RIGHT TO CHOOSE HER OWN LAWYER
A Los Angeles court granted Britney the right to choose a lawyer to help her end her conservatorship, after she told a judge the current situation was ‘allowing my dad to ruin my life’. She has chosen former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart as her new attorney.
JULY 23, 2021 – BRITNEY FLASHES HER BOOBS ON INSTAGRAM
Singer’s semi-nude post was hailed by fans including Paris Hilton as evidence of her determination to become a ‘free woman’.
JULY 27, 2021 – LYNNE SPEARS AGREES TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF HER DAUGHTER
The singer’s mother’s attack on Jamie Spears gives her a powerful new ally in her bid to be freed.
AUGUST 12, 2021 – JAMIE SPEARS AGREES TO STEP DOWN AS CONSERVATOR
Jamie’s lawyers filed court documents saying that he will step down, and provide an orderly transition to another conservator.
He said that he was doing so because he felt a public argument with his daughter was not in her best interests.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 – JAMIE SPEARS FILES TO END THE CONSERVATORSHIP
Jamie states that his daughter ‘is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.’
The filing went on to say that Britney Spears’ circumstances have changed ‘to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist.’
SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 – BRITNEY DUE BACK IN COURT
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