Britney Spears Thanks Fans After Being Granted Her Own Lawyer For The First Time In 13 Years
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Britney Spears has penned a heartfelt tribute to her fans after being granted a huge win in her conservatorship battle.
Judge Brenda Penny approved a request from the pop star's longtime court-appointed lawyer to be removed from the case.
Sam Ingham has been the 'Circus' singer's attorney since the conservatorship began back in 2008 and he asked to be replaced following the 39-year-old's damning testimony last month.
Britney has now chosen former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart to represent her after he worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg and Sean Penn.
Following the massive win, Britney has thanked fans for their continued support.
She wrote on social media: "Coming along, folks ... coming along!!!!! New with real representation today ... I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED !!!!
"Thank you to my fans who are supporting me ... You have no idea what it means to me be supported by such awesome fans !!!! God bless you all !!!!!"
The post was accompanied by a video of her doing cartwheels in celebration of the result as well as her horseback riding.
It also included the #FreeBritney hashtag, which is believed to be the first time she's publicly referenced the global support network that wants her freed from the conservatorship.
Britney gave an emotional plea at her court hearing yesterday (July 14) and made one simple request.
She told the hearing: "I want to press charges against my father today. I want an investigation into my dad. This conservatorship has allowed my dad to ruin my life."
She broke down in tears during her plea and explained how she has been 'extremely scared' of her father.
But she added that the massive #FreeBritney campaign has given her strength.
"[They are] remarkably strong and talented... it's because of them I am here today. It's because of them I have the f**king strength to speak up against my family who have silenced me and my fans for years," she said.
Spears claimed she was forced to work 70 hours a week, had her diet controlled, had a birth control device inserted in her against her will, and was force fed lithium to manage her behaviour.
"If this is not abuse, I don't know what is," Spears said. "I thought they were trying to kill me."
Her new lawyer said he was proud of her when speaking to reporters outside court.
Mathew Rosengart insisted that no stone will be left unturned until Britney can be freed from the conservatorship that has controlled her life since 2008.
"Jamie Spears should be removed as conservator because it is in [the] best interest of the conservatee," Mr Rosengart said.
"We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal. The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that's what's in the best interest of the conservatee.
"My firm and I will be taking a top to bottom look at what's happened over the past decade."