A United States judge has ruled on Sept. 29 to suspend Britney Spears’ father James “Jamie” Spears as her conservator.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny removed Jamie from the controversial conservatorship, citing that the situation was “not tenable” and was “toxic.”
“I believe suspension is in the best interest of Britney Spears,” Penny said, as quoted by ABC News.
The judge appointed certified public accountant John Zabel as the temporary conservator of Britney’s estate, as requested by Britney’s attorney Mathew Rosengart.
Jamie’s full removal from the role and the termination of Britney’s conservatorship is expected in the coming months at separate hearings, according to Penny, as reported by Forbes magazine.
A tentative termination hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 31, but it may be moved up at the request of the parties.
Rosengart said in a recent court filing that he wants the conservatorship dissolved in its entirety “this fall,” but he has yet to file the paperwork for it.
Jamie filed a petition earlier this month to end the conservatorship after Rosengart filed in July to replace him with a professional conservator.
Britney formally requested the court last June to end the conservatorship, describing the legal arrangement as “abusive” and alleging her father of controlling her finances and personal life since 2008 when she underwent a public breakdown due to intense media scrutiny.
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