Jamie Spears says he intends to step down as conservator

After months of public pressure from supporters of Britney Spears, Jamie Spears, the singer’s father, signaled in a legal response Thursday that he intends to step down as conservator of the singer’s estate, according to a prepared copy of the response obtained by CNN.
“There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate” and “it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests,” the document states.
“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests,” the legal response continues. “So even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”

The move comes days after Judge Brenda Penny denied a petition filed by Britney Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart to move a September 29 hearing about the case up to August 23 in an effort to remove her father as conservator as soon as possible.

“We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed. It is vindication for Britney. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others,” Rosengart said in a statement to CNN. “We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’s sworn deposition in the near future.”
Spears shaved her head in 2007. Headlines at the time focused on whether the star was in the midst of a breakdown.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears shaved her head in 2007. Headlines at the time focused on whether the star was in the midst of a breakdown.
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Spears attacks a paparazzo's car with an umbrella outside Federline's home in Tarzana, California, in 2007.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears attacks a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella outside Federline’s home in Tarzana, California, in 2007.
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Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007.
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Spears leaves a Los Angeles courthouse after a child custody hearing in 2007. A few months later, she was hospitalized over issues involving the custody of her children. Federline was awarded sole custody. In February 2008, a Los Angeles court granted temporary conservatorship to Spears' father, Jamie, after Britney was taken to a hospital and deemed unable to take care of herself.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears leaves a Los Angeles courthouse after a child custody hearing in 2007. A few months later, she was hospitalized over issues involving the custody of her children. Federline was awarded sole custody. In February 2008, a Los Angeles court granted temporary conservatorship to Spears’ father, Jamie, after Britney was taken to a hospital and deemed unable to take care of herself.
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Spears performs on the opening night of her tour in 2009.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs on the opening night of her tour in 2009.
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In 2012, Spears became a judge on the TV show "The X Factor."
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
In 2012, Spears became a judge on the TV show “The X Factor.”
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Spears poses with her sons — Jayden, left, and Sean — at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game in 2013.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears poses with her sons — Jayden, left, and Sean — at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game in 2013.
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Spears unveils a line of intimate apparel in 2014.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears unveils a line of intimate apparel in 2014.
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Clark County, Nevada, proclaimed November 5, 2014, as "Britney Day" on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2013, Spears started a two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Clark County, Nevada, proclaimed November 5, 2014, as “Britney Day” on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2013, Spears started a two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
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Spears performs at her Las Vegas show "Britney: Piece of Me" in 2015.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at her Las Vegas show “Britney: Piece of Me” in 2015.
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Spears speaks during the Teen Choice Awards in 2015.
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Spears speaks during the Teen Choice Awards in 2015.
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Spears joins late-night talk show host James Corden for some "carpool karaoke" in 2016.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears joins late-night talk show host James Corden for some “carpool karaoke” in 2016.
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Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2016.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2016.
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Spears gets a birthday cake at the Jingle Ball event in Los Angeles in 2016.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears gets a birthday cake at the Jingle Ball event in Los Angeles in 2016.
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Spears accepts the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2018. The award goes to a performer who has made a difference in promoting and supporting equality.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears accepts the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2018. The award goes to a performer who has made a difference in promoting and supporting equality.
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Spears appears with Jimmy Fallon in a "Tonight Show" sketch in 2018.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears appears with Jimmy Fallon in a “Tonight Show” sketch in 2018.
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Spears and her boyfriend Sam Asghari attend a Hollywood premiere in 2019. A couple of months earlier, she had checked out of a mental-health treatment facility after undertaking an "all-encompassing wellness treatment."
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears and her boyfriend Sam Asghari attend a Hollywood premiere in 2019. A couple of months earlier, she had checked out of a mental-health treatment facility after undertaking an “all-encompassing wellness treatment.”
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Britney Spears arrives for a movie premiere in Hollywood in July 2019.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Britney Spears arrives for a movie premiere in Hollywood in July 2019.
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Spears, seen here with her parents in an old photo<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsOGMGIAXLe/" target="_blank"> she posted to Instagram,</a> was born December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears, seen here with her parents in an old photo she posted to Instagram, was born December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi.
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Spears, third from right, was part of "The Mickey Mouse Club" from 1993-1994. The Disney show had several cast members who have since become global superstars, including Ryan Gosling, seated next to Spears; and singers Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, seen at right.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears, third from right, was part of “The Mickey Mouse Club” from 1993-1994. The Disney show had several cast members who have since become global superstars, including Ryan Gosling, seated next to Spears; and singers Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, seen at right.
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Spears' first concert tour kicked off in November 1998, a couple of months before her first studio album was released. She signed a contract with Jive Records in 1997. She was 15 at the time.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears’ first concert tour kicked off in November 1998, a couple of months before her first studio album was released. She signed a contract with Jive Records in 1997. She was 15 at the time.
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Spears performs at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. Her first album "…Baby One More Time," had become a smash hit.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. Her first album “…Baby One More Time,” had become a smash hit.
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Spears poses with the boy band NSYNC, who she once toured with, in 1999. NSYNC included her former "Mickey Mouse Club" castmate Justin Timberlake, seen at bottom left.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears poses with the boy band NSYNC, who she once toured with, in 1999. NSYNC included her former “Mickey Mouse Club” castmate Justin Timberlake, seen at bottom left.
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Spears holds a doll of herself in 1999.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears holds a doll of herself in 1999.
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Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000.
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Spears and Timberlake attend the American Music Awards together in 2001. The two dated for a few years.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears and Timberlake attend the American Music Awards together in 2001. The two dated for a few years.
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Spears performs with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as part of the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as part of the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001.
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Spears holds a snake while performing at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears holds a snake while performing at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn, attend the Teen Choice Awards in 2002.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn, attend the Teen Choice Awards in 2002.
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Spears stars in the 2002 movie "Crossroads" with Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana. That year, Forbes magazine named her Hollywood's Most Powerful Celebrity.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears stars in the 2002 movie “Crossroads” with Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana. That year, Forbes magazine named her Hollywood’s Most Powerful Celebrity.
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In 2003, Spears and Madonna set tongues wagging as they kissed during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
In 2003, Spears and Madonna set tongues wagging as they kissed during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards.
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Spears joins Beyonce and Pink for the filming of a Pepsi commercial in Rome in 2003.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears joins Beyonce and Pink for the filming of a Pepsi commercial in Rome in 2003.
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Spears received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
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Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in 2004. They had two sons together before divorcing in 2007.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in 2004. They had two sons together before divorcing in 2007.
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Spears shaved her head in 2007. Headlines at the time focused on whether the star was in the midst of a breakdown.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears shaved her head in 2007. Headlines at the time focused on whether the star was in the midst of a breakdown.
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Spears attacks a paparazzo's car with an umbrella outside Federline's home in Tarzana, California, in 2007.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears attacks a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella outside Federline’s home in Tarzana, California, in 2007.
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Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007.
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Spears leaves a Los Angeles courthouse after a child custody hearing in 2007. A few months later, she was hospitalized over issues involving the custody of her children. Federline was awarded sole custody. In February 2008, a Los Angeles court granted temporary conservatorship to Spears' father, Jamie, after Britney was taken to a hospital and deemed unable to take care of herself.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears leaves a Los Angeles courthouse after a child custody hearing in 2007. A few months later, she was hospitalized over issues involving the custody of her children. Federline was awarded sole custody. In February 2008, a Los Angeles court granted temporary conservatorship to Spears’ father, Jamie, after Britney was taken to a hospital and deemed unable to take care of herself.
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Spears performs on the opening night of her tour in 2009.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs on the opening night of her tour in 2009.
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In 2012, Spears became a judge on the TV show "The X Factor."
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
In 2012, Spears became a judge on the TV show “The X Factor.”
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Spears poses with her sons — Jayden, left, and Sean — at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game in 2013.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears poses with her sons — Jayden, left, and Sean — at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game in 2013.
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Spears unveils a line of intimate apparel in 2014.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears unveils a line of intimate apparel in 2014.
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Clark County, Nevada, proclaimed November 5, 2014, as "Britney Day" on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2013, Spears started a two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Clark County, Nevada, proclaimed November 5, 2014, as “Britney Day” on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2013, Spears started a two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
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Spears performs at her Las Vegas show "Britney: Piece of Me" in 2015.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at her Las Vegas show “Britney: Piece of Me” in 2015.
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Spears speaks during the Teen Choice Awards in 2015.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears speaks during the Teen Choice Awards in 2015.
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Spears joins late-night talk show host James Corden for some "carpool karaoke" in 2016.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears joins late-night talk show host James Corden for some “carpool karaoke” in 2016.
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Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2016.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2016.
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Spears gets a birthday cake at the Jingle Ball event in Los Angeles in 2016.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears gets a birthday cake at the Jingle Ball event in Los Angeles in 2016.
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Spears accepts the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2018. The award goes to a performer who has made a difference in promoting and supporting equality.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears accepts the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2018. The award goes to a performer who has made a difference in promoting and supporting equality.
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Spears appears with Jimmy Fallon in a "Tonight Show" sketch in 2018.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears appears with Jimmy Fallon in a “Tonight Show” sketch in 2018.
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Spears and her boyfriend Sam Asghari attend a Hollywood premiere in 2019. A couple of months earlier, she had checked out of a mental-health treatment facility after undertaking an "all-encompassing wellness treatment."
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears and her boyfriend Sam Asghari attend a Hollywood premiere in 2019. A couple of months earlier, she had checked out of a mental-health treatment facility after undertaking an “all-encompassing wellness treatment.”
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Britney Spears arrives for a movie premiere in Hollywood in July 2019.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Britney Spears arrives for a movie premiere in Hollywood in July 2019.
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Spears, seen here with her parents in an old photo<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsOGMGIAXLe/" target="_blank"> she posted to Instagram,</a> was born December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears, seen here with her parents in an old photo she posted to Instagram, was born December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi.
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Spears, third from right, was part of "The Mickey Mouse Club" from 1993-1994. The Disney show had several cast members who have since become global superstars, including Ryan Gosling, seated next to Spears; and singers Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, seen at right.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears, third from right, was part of “The Mickey Mouse Club” from 1993-1994. The Disney show had several cast members who have since become global superstars, including Ryan Gosling, seated next to Spears; and singers Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, seen at right.
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Spears' first concert tour kicked off in November 1998, a couple of months before her first studio album was released. She signed a contract with Jive Records in 1997. She was 15 at the time.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears’ first concert tour kicked off in November 1998, a couple of months before her first studio album was released. She signed a contract with Jive Records in 1997. She was 15 at the time.
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Spears performs at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. Her first album "…Baby One More Time," had become a smash hit.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. Her first album “…Baby One More Time,” had become a smash hit.
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Spears poses with the boy band NSYNC, who she once toured with, in 1999. NSYNC included her former "Mickey Mouse Club" castmate Justin Timberlake, seen at bottom left.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears poses with the boy band NSYNC, who she once toured with, in 1999. NSYNC included her former “Mickey Mouse Club” castmate Justin Timberlake, seen at bottom left.
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Spears holds a doll of herself in 1999.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears holds a doll of herself in 1999.
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Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000.
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Spears and Timberlake attend the American Music Awards together in 2001. The two dated for a few years.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears and Timberlake attend the American Music Awards together in 2001. The two dated for a few years.
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Spears performs with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as part of the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears performs with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as part of the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001.
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Spears holds a snake while performing at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears holds a snake while performing at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn, attend the Teen Choice Awards in 2002.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn, attend the Teen Choice Awards in 2002.
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Spears stars in the 2002 movie "Crossroads" with Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana. That year, Forbes magazine named her Hollywood's Most Powerful Celebrity.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears stars in the 2002 movie “Crossroads” with Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana. That year, Forbes magazine named her Hollywood’s Most Powerful Celebrity.
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In 2003, Spears and Madonna set tongues wagging as they kissed during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
In 2003, Spears and Madonna set tongues wagging as they kissed during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards.
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Spears joins Beyonce and Pink for the filming of a Pepsi commercial in Rome in 2003.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears joins Beyonce and Pink for the filming of a Pepsi commercial in Rome in 2003.
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Spears received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
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Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in 2004. They had two sons together before divorcing in 2007.
Photos: Pop icon Britney Spears
Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in 2004. They had two sons together before divorcing in 2007.
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The elder Spears has been serving as co-conservator of his daughter’s estimated $60 million estate for more than a decade. During a hearing in July, Britney Spears said she wanted to press charges against her father for “conservatorship abuse” and called the 13-year arrangement “f—ing cruelty.”
Jamie Spears defended his actions as conservator in his response Thursday and called for an orderly transition to a new conservator following resolution of some outstanding matters in the case.

“When these matters are resolved, Mr. Spears will be in a position to step aside. But there are no urgent circumstances justifying Mr. Spears’ immediate suspension,” the document states. “An orderly transition based on cooperation would most certainly be in the best interests of Ms. Spears. Regardless of his formal title, Mr. Spears will always be Ms. Spears’ father, he will always love her unconditionally, and he will always look out for her best interests. ”
The case has been closely monitored by supporters of the #FreeBritney movement, which began in 2009, over concerns about the pop star’s lengthy conservatorship. “Framing Britney Spears,” a New York Times Presents documentary released in February, heightened attention on both the movement and the legal battle.

 

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