A Los Angeles judge has said US pop star Britney Spears can choose her own lawyer in the fight to end her controversial conservatorship. The ruling came on Wednesday as Spears addressed the court for the second time in less than a month.
Britney demanded that her father, Jamie Spears, be removed from the legal agreement that has controlled her affairs for years. On Wednesday in an emotional statement, she called for her father to be charged with “conservatorship abuse”.
“I’m here to press charges. I’m angry and I will go there,” Spears said, speaking to the court over a lawyer’s phone. “You’re allowing my dad to ruin my life. I have to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she said.
The singer’s supporters rallied outside the court, and also gathered on the other side of the country in central Washington DC as the hearing was being held. Britney Spears posted an Instagram video of herself doing cartwheels in celebration of the judgment with a caption thanking her fans and adding “#FreeBritney”.
Last month a judge denied the pop star’s request to remove her father from his role overseeing her conservatorship. Judge Brenda Penny said she could not make a ruling until the singer files a formal petition to terminate the arrangement.
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