Britney Spears’ father, James, has agreed on Aug. 12 to step down as her conservator after a years-long battle to remove him from the role.
“Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and include a resolution of matters pending before the Court,” James’ legal team said in a document filed to the Los Angeles Superior Court.
The filing, however, claimed that James’ suspension or removal from the conservatorship had “no actual grounds.”
“It is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests,” the document said.
The court document further said that James became “the unremitting target of unjustified attacks” and that he did not believe that a public battle with Britney regarding her conservatorship “would be in her best interests.”
“Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator,” the document stated.
No timeline has been laid out for the change.
Mathew Rosengart, Britney’s lawyer, said in a statement that they were “pleased” with James’ decision, describing it as a “vindication for Britney.”
However, Rosengart added that they were “disappointed” by James and his team’s “ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others.”
“We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’ sworn deposition in the near future,” Rosengart further said.
Britney formally requested a court to end her father’s “abusive” conservatorship last June, accusing her father of using the court-approved arrangement for his personal gain.
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