Three weeks after Britney Spears, in a passionate speech to a judge in Los Angeles, condemned the conservatories that have long controlled her life as abusive, the case will return to the courtroom on Wednesday.

There’s a lot to talk about.

Since the June 23 hearing, there has been a deluge of court records from those involved in the administration of the conservatory group that oversees both them and their estate. The singer’s father, James P. Spears, who has been in charge of his daughter’s finances since 2008, called for an investigation into Ms. Spears’ many allegations and tried, according to competing lawyers, to shift the blame for her complaints onto others. Jodi Montgomery, a professional restorer who took over the personal care of Ms. Spears from her father in 2019, immediately pushed the blame back.

And several actors, including Ms. Spears’ longtime court-appointed attorney, have expressed their desire to end their involvement in the case as she seeks to hire a world-class firm that could help her end the deal entirely.

The hearing is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles at 1:30 p.m. PDT.

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Days after Ms. Spears told the court that she had been molested under her supervision – said she was forced to take mood-stabilizing medication and prevented from taking off her contraceptive, blaming her management team, the janitors, for her treatment and family – her father requested an investigation.

Mr. Spears was the main actor in the arrangement from the start. In 2008, he filed for control of the singer’s business and personal affairs due to concerns about her mental health and possible substance abuse. In her speech, Ms. Spears described her father as someone who consented to everything in her life and said, “He loved being in control.”

In the court filing, Mr. Spears’ attorneys requested evidence in his daughter’s account and wrote, “It is important that the court confirm whether or not Ms. Spears testimony was correct to determine what corrective action, if any, should be taken.”

They also tried to distance Mr. Spears from questions about her wellbeing, arguing that after late 2019 he “just wasn’t involved in decisions related to Ms. Spears’ personal hygiene or medical or reproductive problems” and had been cut off from communicate with her.

Ms. Montgomery’s attorneys, who cover Ms. Spears ‘psychiatric care, responded vigorously, citing Mr. Spears’ request as “procedural error” and “totally inappropriate” and a “thinly veiled attempt to clear his name.”

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The attorneys said any questions regarding Ms. Montgomery’s tenure as a conservator would be addressed in a “comprehensive care plan” that they worked out with the singer’s medical team, the “Ms. Spears would also provide a way of ending their conservatism for the person. as she so unequivocally wishes. “

But if there was an investigation, Ms. Montgomery asked that she wait until Ms. Spears had an attorney who would “fully represent her interests.”

In her speech, Ms. Spears questioned whether her 13-year court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, had done enough to educate and support her. In one particularly shocking claim, Ms. Spears said she did not know it would be possible for her to file a motion to terminate the conservatoires.

Last week, Mr Ingham asked the court to step down, a motion that requires the approval of Judge Brenda Penny, who is overseeing the case. A letter of resignation was also submitted by a law firm Loeb & Loeb, which Mr. Ingham had recently brought in to assist him.

In 2008, Mr. Ingham was appointed by the court after Ms. Spears, who was hospitalized at the time, was found by another judge to be unable to appoint her own lawyer. The court could make the same decision now or allow Ms. Spears to choose her own lawyer.

An attorney for the singer’s mother, Lynne Spears, who is an interested party at the Conservatory, has also asked the court to allow the singer to choose her own attorney, arguing that her daughter was not bound by a 2008 ruling Your capacity is certainly different today. ”The American Civil Liberties Union filed an amicus brief Monday to support the court allowing Ms. Spears to choose her closest lawyer, possibly along with trustworthy, neutrals Consultants.

Mathew S. Rosengart, a prominent Hollywood attorney and former federal attorney, plans to attend the hearing to begin the process of becoming Ms. Spears’ attorney, according to one person who has been briefed on the matter. He would take a more aggressive approach and push for an end to the conservatories, the person said.

Ms. Montgomery filed her own motion to the court to appoint a curator ad litem solely to assist Ms. Spears in selecting a new attorney. The file stated that Ms. Spears had “repeatedly and consistently” sought Ms. Montgomery’s help in finding one.

Ms. Spears’ fortune, now valued at nearly $ 60 million, was controlled by her father (sometimes along with a co-restorer) for the entire duration of the Conservatory; an asset management firm, Bessemer Trust, was named a co-restorer last year after Ms. Spears petitioned to remove her father from the position.

About a week after the June 23 hearing, court documents said Bessemer Trust called for the agreement to be withdrawn, citing Ms. Spears’ criticism of the deal. When the law firm learned of Ms. Spears’ wish to end the Conservatory Council, the file said Bessemer no longer wanted to be involved.

The question for Judge Penny will be whether Mr. Spears will be allowed to remain the sole curator of Ms. Spears’ estate despite a formal request from her attorney and now an emotional request to remove it.

Since Ms. Spears’ speech, there has been a “significant increase in the number and severity of threatening posts” about Ms. Montgomery on social media and other communications threatening violence or death against her, she said in a court file.

As a result, Ms. Montgomery has asked the court to require Ms. Spears’ estate to pay her security if Mr. Spears agrees. A court file filed on her behalf stated that Ms. Montgomery had sent the threats to the security company Mr. Spears appointed, recommending that they remain under protection around the clock.

Mr. Spears has contradicted this agreement. In his own court record, attorneys alleged that Ms. Montgomery’s security services would indefinitely top $ 50,000 a month – an expense he described as inappropriate. He also argued that such payments would set a standard that would require Ms. Spears to cover security costs for anyone threatened as a result of the high profile case.

“MS. Montgomery isn’t the only person involved in this conservatory who has received threats and / or death threats,” wrote Mr. Spears’ attorneys.

The legal machinations that followed the June 23 hearing all lead to the same question: Will Ms. Spears formally appeal to dissolve the Conservatory?

The motion was possible within days of Ms. Spears addressing the court, but the resignation of her court-appointed attorney complicated matters.

If the judge believes the singer can choose her new lawyer, the petition could be filed shortly after that person is approved by the judge. Then it is possible that another Conservatory representative – most likely Mrs. Spears’ father – will object to the termination and initiate a lawsuit before the judge makes a final decision.

In her statements in court, Ms. Spears said repeatedly that she wanted to quit the Conservatory without additional psychological investigations, which she had found invasive over the years. But this can be an uphill battle, especially if one of Ms. Spears’ restorers is against ending the arrangement.

Chris Johnson, a California trust and estate attorney who has worked with conservatories and is not involved in the Spears case, said judges rely heavily on the opinions of medical experts in deciding whether to end a conservatory administration and that Ms. Spears doing this would likely need to be re-evaluated, possibly before being allowed to hire her own attorney.

“In many cases, getting rid of a conservatory can be more difficult than starting it at all,” said Johnson.