At a brief hearing on Monday, Britney Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart said his company is “working aggressively and quickly” to petition to remove the star’s father, Jamie Spears, as conservator.
The lawyer told reporters, who gathered outside the courthouse, that the petition will be filed unless Jamie resigns first. He also thanked Spears himself for the “courage and strength” of the pop star, the judge overseeing the case, Judge Brenda Penny and the supporters of “#FreeBritney”.
It also appears that Jodi Montgomery, Britney Spears’ personal conservator, could approve her security costs, as the hearing also covered Montgomery’s petition asking for the “Toxic” singer’s estate to cover the costs.
All parties have met and have a draft agreement in hopes of reaching an agreement on safety for Montgomery, Fox News can confirm. The next hearing date is July 26, as an exact agreement has not yet been reached.
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“Today was about the issue of security,” Rosengart told reporters after the hearing. “The only thing I’m going to add to what I said in court and beyond last week is: First, I want to thank Britney Spears again for her courage and strength. I want to thank Judge Penny for her courtesy and I welcome my firm and I want to thank Britney Spears’ fans and supporters in this cause. The reach and support for my firm, myself and especially Britney has been truly overwhelming – from coast to coast and literally around the world.”
He continued: “Finally, and the last thing I’m going to say on this matter is, as I said in court last week and beyond, my firm and I are aggressively and swiftly filing a petition to sue Jamie Spears. remove unless he resigns first.”
Earlier this month, Montgomery said she has received an increasing number of threats against her welfare, including death threats, since Spears’ testimony in June. She has officially petitioned to request more security funding.
At a hearing on July 14, Montgomery attorney Laurie Ann Wright said the health care manager is asking $50,000, explaining that the number is reasonable given the case is one with attorney fees running into the millions.
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Wright said Montgomery pays for 24-hour live security that she “cannot afford” on her own.
Spears’ new attorney Mathew Rosengart — who was allowed to represent the pop star at the same July 14 hearing — said he had no objection to the $50,000 request and expected a consensus to be reached quickly.
However, Thoreen Vivian Lee, who represents Spears’ father and curator Jamie, argued against the charges, saying “there are a lot of other people… in much worse situations.” Jamie has also claimed that he has been receiving death threats for years from the conservatory.
Montgomery works as Spears’ conservator of the person, meaning she is responsible for overseeing personal and medical decisions.
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However, Montgomery and Jamie have been arguing lately over who is responsible for certain aspects of Spears’ health and medical care. Jamie has blamed Montgomery for several of the allegations Spears made during her initial testimony, but the person’s curator has fired back, claiming that Jamie prevented her from making certain decisions.
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During the July 14 hearing, Spears was asked if she wishes Montgomery to remain on her conservatory team — she has previously asked for her father to be removed — to which Rosengart replied, “I believe my client says her wishes are that Ms. Montgomery remain on. “