‘My dad… my management should be in jail’: Britney Spears compares herself to Miley Cyrus who can ‘smoke joints on stage without being punished’ as she slams harsh way she has been treated for her mistakes
- The singer, 39, spoke in court on Wednesday to plead with a judge to free her from a conservatorship that has given her father control over her for 13 years
- Britney compared herself to Miley Cyrus as she said the younger generation of stars can get away with things without being ‘punished’ in the way she was
- Since 2008 she has not been in control of her finances, medical care, home and major decisions
- The singer, worth an estimated $60 million, is fighting to regain control from her father and his legal team
- Her father Jamie, 68, is paid $16,000 a month to manage her financial affairs and told court he loved he
- Other revelations saw Britney say she has been left ‘traumatised and depressed’ by the seemingly tyrannical rule of her father and team of conservators
Britney Spears compared herself to Miley Cyrus as she said the younger generation of stars can get away with things without being ‘punished’ in the way she was.
The singer, 39, spoke in court on Wednesday to plead with an LA judge to free her from a conservatorship that has given her father Jamie control over her life and $60m fortune for the last 13 years, with Britney receiving a $2k-a-week allowance.
During one point of her 20-minute speech, Britney used Miley, 28, as an example of the different treatment they received while working under the same management and said both her management and father ‘should be in jail’.
Britney Spears compared herself to Miley Cyrus as she said the younger generation of stars can get away with things without being ‘punished’ in the way she was (pictured 2018)
The songstress said she was punished harshly for her mistakes in comparison to Miley and brought up how the Wrecking Ball hitmaker smoked what appeared to be a a joint onstage at the MTV EMAs in 2013.
Britney said how they share the same management team- with Miley signing with Larry Randolph in 2013- but claimed the way they have been treated is worlds apart.
She said: ‘My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management who played a huge role in punishing me… they should be in jail.
Speaking out: During one point of her speech, Britney used Miley, 28, as an example of the different treatment they received while working under the same management (pictured 2013)
Child stars: Britney and Miley both rose to fame as child stars, with Miley playing Hannah Montana (pictured in 2009), while Spears starred alongside Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera on the Disney Channel
‘Their cruel tactics working for Miley Cyrus as she smokes on joints and stage at the VMAs. Nothing is ever done to this generation for doing wrong things’.
Britney went on to say she cries every day as she said: ‘And the reason I’m telling you this is because I don’t think how the state of California can have all this written in the court documents from the time I showed up and do absolutely nothing – just hired, with my money, another person to keep my dad on board.’
Britney and Miley both rose to fame as child stars, with Miley playing Hannah Montana, while Spears starred alongside Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera on the Disney Channel.
Support: Supporters of Britney Spears gathered outside the Stanley Mosk courthouse in Los Angeles on Wednesday as the singer spoke at a hearing about her conservatorship
What is a conservatorship?
A conservatorship is a legal concept whereby a probate court appoints a person to manage an incapacitated person or minor’s financial and personal affairs.
It is often a relative.
The terminology and details vary state-by-state, but the general principals are all similar.
The conservator’s duties include overseeing finances, medical care and living arrangements.
In Britney’s case, the conservators also oversee visitation arrangements with her two teenage sons, who are under the full custody of her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.
It is most frequently used for someone who is severely mentally incapacitated, or suffering from dementia.
Yet in the 13 years of Britney’s conservatorship, she has released four albums – two of them going platinum; appeared as a judge on both The X Factor and American Idol; and had a four-year residency in Las Vegas that reportedly grossed close to $138 million.
The specific details of Britney’s case have not been revealed.
Unless a judge says otherwise, they still retain rights to make certain decisions, according to the California handbook.
They can control salaries they earn, spend an allowance, retain legal representation, vote in elections, get married, draft their own wills, make medical decisions for themselves and ask a judge to terminate conservatorships or replace their guardians.
‘All conservatees have the right to be treated with understanding and respect and to have their wishes considered. They have all basic human rights, as well, and the right to be well cared for by you,’ the California handbook says.
Britney says that she has not had these rights. It is unclear whether this is a violation of her case, or as agreed.
There are two types of conservators: a conservator of the person, who looks after meals, housekeeping, transport, housing and recreation, and a conservator of the estate who manages finances and protects assets.
Sometimes one person can play both roles.
The conservator of the estate must file periodic activities reports by the first year after their appointment and every two years following, until the relationship is terminated.
The estate managers have to disclose asset values, gains and losses, and show receipts for all expenditures of conservatorship funds. They are also prohibited from borrowing money from the conservatee or lending out their cash.
American star Cyrus has been known for her controversial performances over the years.
While accepting the Best Video Award at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards, the singer smoked what appeared to be a joint onstage and this was removed from the delayed broadcast of the show in the United States.
In an interview with W magazine a year later, Miley said: ‘I love weed’ and ‘I just love getting stoned.’
During Britney’s impassioned speech she said to the judge: ‘I want this conservatorship to end – I truly believe that this conservatorship is abusive. I want to be able to get married to my boyfriend and have a baby but the conservatorship told me I can’t do that.’
Britney, who is in a relationship with Sam Asghari, 27, explained her contraception is controlled by her conservators: ‘I have an IUD (intrauterine device) inside me to prevent me from having a baby.
‘I want to go to a doctor and take it out so I can have a baby but they (the conservatorship) told me no. I feel ganged up on and bullied and alone.’
The last time Spears spoke directly to the judge was in May 2019 but the court was closed to the public and her testimony was sealed.
Details of her mental health have never been disclosed.
She said: ‘In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking, making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away credit card, cash, phone, passport.
‘The reason I’m telling you this is because I don’t think the state of California can have all this written in the court documents from the time I showed up and do absolutely nothing.’
When a doctor put her on medications, including lithium – she she said made her feel ‘drunk’.
‘My family didn’t do a thing about it. My dad was all for it,’ she said.
When she was put in a $60,000-a-month treatment facility against her will, ‘I cried on the phone to my dad for an hour and he loved every minute of it,’ she said.
She added: ‘My dad and everyone else who has played a key role in my conservatorship should be in jail. They have way too much control.
‘I don’t drink alcohol but I should, considering what they put my heart through.’
Britney concluded: ‘I should not be in a conservatorship like this if I can work, provide for myself and provide for other people.
‘I am being told I cannot see my money unless I do what they say … and I am paying them.’
Britney’s father Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen – responding to Britney’s attack on her father- told Judge Penny in a two-sentence statement that Jamie ‘is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain.
She added: ‘Mr Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much.’
Judge Penny said she wanted to schedule a new hearing to finalize next steps.
‘There is no petition before the court. A number of those items that Miss Spears brought before the court, we will be discussing, and they do require petitions,’ said Judge Penny.
Her father’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, has argued that Jamie is only interested in helping his internationally famous daughter.
‘For over 12 years, Mr Spears has more than capably and dutifully served as the conservator of his daughter’s estate, always doing what he believed was in his daughter’s best interest,’ said Thoreen in court documents.
‘Mr Spears has performed his job well. This is a fact. 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 did this all while also serving as conservator of the person (Britney)….and working diligently with a team of professionals to restore (Britney) to good health and revive her career as best as possible under the circumstances.’
Heartache: The groundbreaking case saw Britney plead in a passionate 25-minute appeal to Judge Brenda Penny to be emancipated from her father’s grasps (pictured in 2012)
‘We love you Britney!’: Mariah Carey, Mandy Moore and Halsey lead the stars throwing support behind singer after bombshell court testimony in conservatorship battle
Mariah Carey has lead the stars throwing their support behind Britney Spears, following the singer’s bombshell testimony amid her conservatorship battle.
On Wednesday, Britney, 39, begged a Los Angeles judge to free her from a court-ordered conservatorship that has given her father Jamie control over her life and $60 million fortune for the last 13 years.
And Mariah, 51, was joined by the likes of Mandy Moore, 37, and singer Halsey, 26, in applauding the singer for her ‘bravery’ and urged her to ‘stay strong’.
‘We love you Britney!’: Mariah Carey has lead the stars throwing their support behind Britney Spears, following the singer’s bombshell testimony amid her conservatorship battle
Encouraging: The Hero songstress, who dominated the charts with Britney in the nineties and early noughties, Tweeted: ‘We love you Britney!!! Stay strong
The Hero songstress, who dominated the charts with Britney in the nineties and early noughties, Tweeted: ‘We love you Britney!!! Stay strong’.
Meanwhile Mandy posted to Instagram: ‘The abuse she has suffered at the hands of an institution meant to protect her is staggering, heartbreaking and shameful,’ Mandy Moore posted to Instagram.
‘I applaud her bravery and transparency,’ the This Is Us star wrote, adding the hashtag #FreeBritney.
Battle: On Wednesday, Britney, 39, begged a Los Angeles judge to free her from a court-ordered conservatorship that has given her father Jamie control over her life (pictured 2018)
Speaking out: Mandy Moore posted to Instagram: ‘The abuse she has suffered at the hands of an institution meant to protect her is staggering, heartbreaking and shameful’
Rallying round Britney: ‘I applaud her bravery and transparency,’ the This Is Us star wrote, adding the hashtag #FreeBritney
Hitmaker: Halsey, who is pregnant with her first child, echoed Moore’s opinion that Britney is a victim of an abusive system as she reacted to her court statement
Hitmaker Halsey, who is pregnant with her first child, echoed Moore’s opinion that Britney is a victim of an abusive system.
She also expressed disgust at the pop star’s revelation that she has been forced to have a IUD contraceptive device fitted even though she wants another baby.
The singer, 26, tweeted: ‘Bless Britney and I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system. She deserves it more than anything.’
Halsey added: ‘I admire her courage speaking up for herself today .’
‘Additionally, f*** anyone who thinks they have the authority as an institution or individual to control a person’s reproductive health.’
Shocked: The singer, 26, also expressed disgust at the pop star’s revelation that she has been forced to have a IUD contraceptive device fitted even though she wants another baby
Out and about: Meanwhile Britney is pictured driving around her Los Angeles neighborhood on Wednesday after the dramatic conservatorship hearing. Her boyfriend Sam Asghari, 27, is in the passenger seat and a bodyguard in the back
Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams has also spoken out in support of Britney Spears after she asked an LA court to have her conservatorship revoked.
Appearing on The Morning Show on Thursday, the 41-year-old singer was asked about the pop star’s statements regarding her conservatorship.
‘I didn’t know the depth or the magnitude to what Britney has been facing and what she has been going through, so my heart truly goes out to her,’ began Michelle.
Speaking out: Appearing on The Morning Show on Thursday, Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams said: ‘I didn’t know the depth or the magnitude to what Britney has been facing’
‘Britney was truly a favourite of mine. She was always so sweet whenever we would run into her when we were out on the road.’
She added: ‘Such a sweet smile and a true gift to the world, and I hope we’re able to see more of her.’
Britney’s ex Justin Timberlake also urged a judge to free her following her earth-shattering testimony about her life under her father Jamie’s conservatorship.
Behind her: Justin Timberlake has sided with his former girlfriend Britney in her battle to free herself from her father’s 13-year long conservatorship (pictured together in January 2002)
In a statement posted to Twitter, Justin, 40, – who famously dated Spears from 1998 to 2002 – said: ‘After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time. Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was.’
This comes just months after he publicly apologized for his actions during and after their relationship amid the release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears.
The singer and actor went on: ‘What’s happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.’
‘Let her live her life’: Justin, 40, posted a lengthy statement on Twitter and declared Britney should be able to live ‘however she wants to live’
He added: ‘No one should EVER be held against their will… or ever have to ask permission to access everything they’ve worked so hard for.’
The former N*SYNC boybander, who used his break up with Britney as inspiration for his single Cry Me A River, married actress Jessica Biel in 2012 and they have two sons together.
Justin tweeted: ‘Jess and I send our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts, and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live.’
Harvey Weinstein accuser and former Charmed star Rose McGowan joined in the outpouring of sympathy for Britney.
On-the-go: The singer went for a drive shortly after her explosive testimony before Judge Brenda Penny
Posting a video to Instagram, she described herself as ‘brutally angry’ about the way the Toxic hitmaker has been treated.
In a message to Britney, she said: ‘We hear you, we have heard you, I know the cost of control.’
Retweeting an article from the Hollywood Reporter, McGowan, 47, added” Britney Spears has every right to be angry. How would you feel if your life had been stolen, dissected, mocked?
‘I pray she gets to live [her] life on her terms. Stop controlling women!’
Harvey Weinstein accuser and former Charmed star Rose McGowan described herself as ‘brutally angry’ about the way the Toxic hitmaker has been treated in an Instagram video
Retweeting an article from The Hollywood Reporter, McGowan, 47, added: ‘Britney Spears has every right to be angry. How would you feel if your life had been stolen, dissected, mocked?’
The View’s Meghan McCain opined: ‘How is what has been done to Britney Spears not a human rights crime?’
The conservative commentator continued: ‘Isolation. controlling her capacity to reproduce without her consent, forcing her to work under inhumane conditions. If she were any other person the people who did this to her would be in jail.’
Meanwhile, Courtney Stodden, who has herself been in the news lately after revealing she’d been a victim of online abuse from Chrissy Teigen, posted on Instagram: ‘Damn how much pain does this QUEEN have to keep enduring?!?!’
Others chiming in on social media included The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jersey Shore star Snooki, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and singers Tinashe and Brandy.
The View’s Meghan McCain expressed outrage at how Britney has been treated and suggested she’d been subjected to ‘inhumane conditions’
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