Music | July 1, 2021 12:54 pm

Despite Reports, The Fight to Free Britney Spears Is Far From Over

A judge denied a November request to remove her father as her conservator, but the legal battle continues

Britney Spears
Britney Spears attends Sony Pictures' "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Los Angeles premiere on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
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On Tuesday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied a request by Britney Spears’s legal team to remove her father Jamie from his role as conservator of her $60 million estate. But despite the setback, there’s still hope for the pop star and the countless fans who were moved by her recent testimony, in which she referred to the conservatorship she’s been living under for nearly 13 years as “abusive,” claimed she was forced to take lithium against her will and revealed she has not been allowed to remove her IUD to try to have another child.

This ruling was not related to the hearing in which Spears testified last week; Judge Brenda Penny’s ruling was instead based on a request from back in November in which Spears’s attorney filed to add Bessemer Trust to serve as co-conservator alongside her father.

“The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice,” the court filing reads.

The singer is reportedly gearing up for another major legal battle. Citing two sources close to Spears, CNN reported Tuesday that her attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, is planning to file a petition to terminate conservatorship entirely. “Britney has spoken to Sam multiple times since last week and she has asked him point-blank, once again, to file the paperwork to end this,” one source told the outlet.

 Meanwhile, her father Jamie Spears’s attorneys recently submitted a pair of court filings, one of which asked the judge to launch an investigation into the claims Spears made last week about being forced to perform and take medication against her will. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” Spears said during that hearing. “I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough.”

The next hearing in the case is currently scheduled for July 14.