LOS ANGELES () – Britney Spears on Wednesday asked a judge to end her coercive administration, which has controlled her life and money since 2008.
The dramatic request for a hearing in Los Angeles came with her first words at a public session at the conservatory during its 13-year existence.
Spears called the conservatory “offensive” and condemned her father and others who controlled him.
“I want to quit this conservatory without being judged,” Spears said in a long, emotional, and sometimes profane speech, condemning the legal system and her father, who had controlled it for most of its existence.
“This conservatory does me a lot more harm than good,” she said. “I deserve life.”
Spears said she wanted to marry her boyfriend and have a baby, but the conservatory wouldn’t let her.
About 100 #FreeBritney fans gathered in front of the courthouse before the hearing, holding signs saying “Free Britney now!” And “Get out of Britney’s life!”
Jennifer Preston, 33, crossed the country from Richmond, Virginia to be out of the meeting because she says, “I’m a mother and I’m a fan.”
“We’re here to hear what he’s saying,” Preston said. “For the past 13 years, she has been treated like a child, she has no control over her life or her finances, even though she is clearly connected enough to do these things.”
Spears spoke at a distance phone in court.
Her lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, asked the pop star to go to court. He said Spears had not officially asked him to file a motion to end the administration.
Britney Spears had spoken in court at the conservatory before, but the courtroom was always cleared and the transcripts sealed.
She last learned about the judge in May 2019.
Spears has since demanded more transparency from the court, and Penny has allowed much more to remain public.
The conservatory was established when it went through a mental health crisis in 2008. It attributed it to it by saving it from financial ruin and keeping it a top pop star.
Her father and his lawyers stressed that she and her assets, which, according to court records, amounted to more than $ 50 million, remain vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. By law, the burden would be on Spears to prove that she is eligible to be released and to make free choices.