Britney Spears' Dad Releases Statement After Her Bombshell Claims From Conservatorship Hearing
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Britney Spears' dad Jamie has said he was 'sorry' to see his daughter in pain, in a statement given during the ongoing conservatorship trial.
The 39-year-old singer gave evidence via an audio link yesterday in which she said she believed her father 'should be in jail'.
Elsewhere in her testimony Spears said she was 'angry' and 'depressed', while comparing her treatment during the conservatorship as 'sex trafficking'.
In response to the allegations, a statement on behalf of Jamie, 68, was read out in court, which said: "He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain.
"Mr Spears loves his daughter very much."
Spears' personal affairs and finances have been overseen by a court-ordered conservatorship - a legal arrangement usually reserved for the elderly or infirm - since 2008.
The decision was made following a series of public breakdowns, when it was decided Jamie would control both aspects of her conservatorship, which he did until stepping down from overseeing her personal affairs in September 2019.
Since then Spears has attempted to oust him from his role running her multimillion dollar estate - a position he shares with wealth management firm Bessemer Trust.
In her bombshell testimony yesterday, Spears said: "My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management... they should be in jail.
"I've told the world I'm happy and OK.
"I lied. I am not happy, I can't sleep. I'm so angry, it's insane. And I'm depressed."
She continued: "Ma'am, I am not here to be anyone's slave. I can say no to a dance move.
"The last time I spoke to you [Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny]... it made me feel like I was dead.
"I am telling you again because I am not lying... so maybe you can understand the depth and the degree and the damages... I deserve changes."
She added: "I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don't feel like I can live a full life."
Elsewhere in her testimony, Spears said: It's my wish and dream for all this to end."
She told the judge: "In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking, making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away credit card, cash, phone, passport."