Britney Spears’ father suspended from conservatorship after 13 years as judge rules it’s in her ‘best interests’

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Britney Spears’s father has been suspended from his role overseeing the pop superstar’s estate and the conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years.

A judge in Los Angeles said Jamie Spears remaining in charge of his daughter’s money was no longer tenable.

It comes after he filed a petition to end the conservatorship earlier this month.

The pop star’s conservatorship could now be terminated by the end of the year, a US court heard.

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Jamie has held the role since 2008, when Spears, 39, was deemed unfit to look after herself after suffering a series of mental breakdowns.

In recent months, Britney has given numerous statements in court this summer as she expressed her wishes to end the legal arrangement.

Spears got her wish on Wednesday when Jamie, 69, was ordered to turn over the relevant documents to John Zabel, a certified public accountant, who has been appointed temporary conservator of the singer’s 60 million dollar (£45 million) estate until December 31.

Jamie’s legal team had forcefully argued against his suspension, instead claiming termination of the arrangement was the correct course.

However, judge Brenda Penny said after hearing from both sides, the elder Spears being suspended was in the “best interests” of the singer.

Britney and her fiance Sam Asghari

The historic moment was celebrated wildly by members of the #FreeBritney movement who had gathered outside Los Angeles Superior Court.

Spears herself, who was not in court, said she was “on cloud 9 right now” while sharing a video showing her at the controls of a plane amid the hearing.

Her fiance Sam Asghari, 27, celebrated Jamie’s suspension on Instagram, writing: “Free Britney! Congratulations.”

During a heated hearing on Wednesday, Mathew S Rosengart, Spears’s newly appointed lawyer, argued forcefully for Jamie’s removal, demanding an end to the “Kafka-esque nightmare” his client was suffering.

He said the conservatorship was “toxic and untenable”, and that Spears would be “extraordinarily distraught” if he stayed in the post.

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“Sometimes judges are asked to make very hard decisions. This is not such a decision. This is not such a case. This is a very easy decision,” he said.

Mr Rosengart said the Spears estate was being run into the ground while her father was in charge and reiterated the singer would not perform again with him in control.

He said it was essential the conservatorship was terminated but only in an “orderly fashion” and Jamie’s immediate suspension was of paramount importance.

He discussed at length allegations featured in a recent documentary which claimed the singer was secretly recorded in her bedroom and conversations with her two sons and boyfriend were taped.

Jamie’s lawyer Vivian Thoreen said she “vehemently” contested the “unsubstantiated” claims.

She also defended her client’s “impeccable” record as conservator.

He had only ever worked in his daughter’s best interests, the court heard, and was keen to resume contact with her.

A hearing to discuss the termination of the conservatorship was set for November 12.

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