The New Yorker magazine published a long article over the weekend detailing the evolutionary situation of pop star Britney Spears.
6.7. 14:17 | Updated 12:25
Pop star Britney Spearsin the controversial guardianship arrangement has once again been heavily featured in the media in recent weeks.
In June, Spears demanded his father Jamie Spearsin differed from the duties of chief caregiver and described how he had been isolated, medicated, financially exploited and mentally assaulted. In his heated speech, he said he wanted his life back.
As a guardian, Spears has, among other things, the right to manage its daughter for nearly $ 60 million, or approximately EUR 50 million in assets.
The pop star’s speech in court was the first time he had spoken about patronage properly in public.
Last Wednesday the judge rejected Britney Spears’ request to remove her father from the role of guardian, where he has been a lawyer Andrew M. Walletin since 2008. Wallet resigned in 2019.
The judge appointed the asset company Bessemer Trust as the second guardian of Spears. The decision was not a direct response to Spears ’speech, but his lawyer Samuel Inghamin in November to remove Jamie Spears from the role of lead guardian.
The day after the judge’s decision The Bessemer Trust asked for resignation and referred to a recent speech by Spears.
Last weekend Published by The New Yorker magazine An extensive story about Spears, which provides much more detailed information on the development of the guardianship situation and related special events. The title of the article was “Britney Spears’ Patronage Nightmare ”.
The story has been written by journalists Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino. Farrow is a well-known movie mogul, among others Harvey Weinstein about his stuff that revealed abuses, but then him has also been accused at some points of pulling bends straight in his stuff.
The biggest news in The New Yorker’s extensive investigative story has been in foreign media that Spears called the emergency number the same night before the court hearing. According to The New Yorker, Spears reported being a victim of abuse of guardianship.
The matter is confirmed to the magazine by a person close to Spears and the California Ventura County Police.
According to The New Yorker, members of the Spears team began communicating fiercely with each other after the singer’s emergency call. The team was concerned about what Spears was saying in court the next day and discussed how to prepare for the exit.
Emergency calls are generally public in the state of California, but the county hid the Spears call because of an “ongoing investigation”.
Next on the court, the guardianship attorney tried to persuade the judge to empty the courtroom and seal the written copy of Spears’ witness statement.
Spears called for a hearing and asked for an open hearing. The judge agreed. Then, for the first time in years, Spears was allowed to speak freely in public.
According to documents obtained by The New York Times, Spears’ attorney Samuel Ingham had told the judge earlier From Spears ’dissatisfaction with his father’s role as guardian.
Ingham also said Spears would like to stop performing and retire, but believed patronage would prevent it.
Information Spears ’desire to retire received more media attention this week as Spears’ long-time manager Larry Rudolph in a letter to Jamie Spears announced that he was resigning as Manager. The reason, he said, is Britney Spears ’desire to retire.
Letter was published in Deadline. In it, Rudolph also says he has not communicated with the singer for two and a half years.
“Earlier today, I learned that Britney has expressed her will to officially retire,” Rudolph wrote in his letter.
At the weekend The New Yorker story sheds light on the background to the 2008 patronage.
Until a year ago, little was known in public about guardianship other than that Spears ’father and attorney Wallet had the right to manage the singer’s property, restrict visitors, and discuss Spears’ treatment with doctors.
The Free Britney movement, founded by fans, has called for the dismantling of guardianship since 2008 and has claimed, among other things, that the singer is being held captive in his own home. In the past, the movement seemed in the eyes of many to be mainly the movement of conspiracy theorists.
As more information about patronage has become public and when Spears himself has finally also spoken on the subject, fan accusations have been seen to follow.
In the year 2008 According to The New Yorker story, Spears ’parents wanted to put Spears under their guardianship as soon as possible, and they succeeded.
A former longtime family friend of Spears Jacqueline Butcher tells the magazine that he feels like he has been exploited for being placed under guardianship.
“I didn’t know how guardianship works. It had to be temporary, ”he told The New Yorker.
Butcher was accompanied by Spears’ parents Jamie and Lynne Spears with a trial in which Britney Spears was placed under guardianship.
Britney Spears was not there herself, as she was in hospital for involuntary treatment due to her mental health problems at the time. It was the second time in the hospital in a short time.
Butcher had been told earlier that he needed to testify about Spears ’condition and answer questions. At the beginning of the hearing, however, Lynne Spears said “the matter is under treatment”.
According to Butcher, the whole treatment took only ten minutes.
“Guardianship was granted without talking to him (Britney Spears).”
Judge Reva Goetz told the newspaper that the decision was preceded by “a lengthy and confidential discussion about Spears’ health ”and that it is false to say that Spears was not properly evaluated and given the opportunity to provide feedback.
When Spears was taken care of thirteen years ago, Spears was behind a contentious divorce Kevin Federlinen with, a substance abuse problem, custody dispute over two young children, and eventually loss of visitation rights.
Spears’ mental health was shaken and he was unable to take care of himself.
Legal scholar Jonathan Martinis Syracuse University tells The New Yorker that one of the dangers of guardianship lies precisely in the fact that it is difficult to quit.
If a person works well during guardianship, it can be used as a basis for continuing the system. And the same is true the other way around: if a person stumbles, it’s proof that he can’t do it alone.
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Correction 8.7. at 12:21. The case first implied that the judge’s decision not to remove Jamie Spears from the role of guardian would have been related to Britney Spears ’speech. In reality, the matter was called for by Spears’ lawyer in November, and in his speech, Spears called for the dissolution of the entire guardianship. Information was also added to the story that the asset company Bessemer Trust resigned from the role of guardian and that Andrew M. Wallet resigned in 2019.