A new attorney has been appointed to represent Britney Spears in her conservatorship after a hearing in which the singer tearfully spoke about the case’s impact on her life.
- Spears’s new lawyer’s request that her father step down as her conservator was rejected
- Spears told the court the conservatorship had been “cruelty”
- She broke down in tears toward the end of her remarks
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny on Wednesday approved Ms Spears hiring former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart to represent her.
The ruling was cheered by fans outside the courthouse.
Mr Rosengart requested that Ms Spears’s father, Jamie, step down as her conservator, but that was rejected.
“We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal,” Mr Rosengart said outside the courthouse.
“The question remains, why is he involved?”
Ms Spears, taking part in the hearing by phone, told the judge she approved of Mr Rosengart after several conversations with him.
Ms Spears, speaking for the second hearing in a row, at one point called the acts of the conservatorship that has governed her personal and financial affairs since early 2008 “cruelty”.
She asked that the case end immediately, but not if she has to go through more “stupid” evaluations.
After the decision, the singer broke down in tears as she again pleaded for her father to be removed immediately from the legal arrangement.