Judge Britney Spears dismisses motion to expedite her father’s hearing

A judge overseeing Britney Spears’ guardianship has rejected a request to expedite an upcoming hearing which will focus on whether to remove or suspend the singer’s father from a role in directing the legal arrangement, as the recently asked a new lawyer for Ms Spears.

Judge Brenda Penny in Los Angeles Estates Court on Monday dismissed a request made last week by Mathew S. Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor who was approved in July to replace the duty counsel who began representing Ms. Spears in 2008.

Mr Rosengart had requested a postponement of the Sept. 29 hearing in the case as he sought to have the singer’s father, James P. Spears, dismissed as his estate curator, a post he held, sometimes in conjunction with others. , for 13 years. Ms Spears called the arrangement abusive and exploitative, stressing her father’s control over the guardianship.

“Each day that passes is another day of preventable harm and harm to Ms Spears and the estate,” her lawyer wrote last week, calling for Mr Spears to be suspended immediately or for an earlier court date. .

Mr Rosengart’s request to remove Mr Spears as estate registrar has been supported by Ms Spears’ medical team, her mother and her current personal curator, Jodi Montgomery, who say it is in the best possible way. singer’s interest, according to court documents.

Mr Spears’ attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, agreed in a court document filed Friday to postpone the hearing date to August 23. But she objected to the idea that Mr. Spears should be promptly removed from his duties overseeing his estate, writing that Mr. Spears “served conscientiously and faithfully as the steward of his daughter’s estate without any blemish. in his file ”.

Judge Penny’s order on Monday dismissing Mr Rosengart’s claim did not provide a reason, according to the court document filed, but the claim was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it could be re-filed with additional evidence.

Mr Rosengart did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. Lawyers for Mr. Spears declined to comment.

Ms Spears, 39, has been living under court-approved guardianship that has been watching her life and finances closely since 2008, when concerns about her mental health and potential drug addiction led the singer’s father to seek control of her decisions.

But after years of annoying herself with the restrictions of life behind the scenes – while continuing to work profitably as a star pop star – Ms Spears has acted aggressively to change or end the arrangement since quitting. ‘she testified publicly in June, calling for an investigation of her restaurateurs. and the possibility of hiring your own lawyer.

While the singer has said she wants the arrangement to be over for good, Mr Rosengart, while leaving that option open, has so far pursued what he called “the most pressing issue facing us. Mrs. Spears: The removal of Mr. Spears as registrar of the domain. “

Liz Day contributed reporting.

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