Britney Spears' Lawyers Say #FreeBritney Movement Is No 'Conspiracy Theory Or Joke'
The lawyers also hit back at recent claims made by James Spears, her father, in which he said the #FreeBritney movement was thought up by 'conspiracy theorists'.
According to the Los Angeles Times, attorney Samuel D. Ingham III said in a statement to the court: "Far from being a conspiracy theory or a 'joke' as James reportedly told the media, in large part this scrutiny is a reasonable and even predictable result of James' aggressive use of the sealing procedure over the years to minimise the amount of meaningful information made available to the public."
The motion asked that the court open up the Spears conservatorship case to the public, following a request from James to keep it private.
Ingham said the public has 'a legitimate interest in understanding how its court system operates'.
He continued: "At this point in her life when she is trying to regain some measure of personal autonomy, Britney welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans.
"Although the sealing motion is supposedly for her 'protection,' Britney herself is vehemently opposed to this effort by her father to keep her legal struggle hidden away in the closet as a family secret."
The conservatorship has been in place since 2008, with Jamie Spears appointed by the court to act as his daughter's legal guardian in the wake of her much-publicised personal struggles.
Last month, Britney's lawyer requested to have her father removed as the head of her conservatorship.
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In a filing seen by the BBC, Ingham explained that Britney wants to see the arrangement stay in place, but wishes to nominate a replacement conservator to be in charge of her affairs.
He wrote: "This is a voluntary conservatorship. Conservatee wishes to exercise her right to nominate a conservator of the estate."
Britney asked that the conservatorship title should be transferred to her temporary care manager Jodi Montgomery.
In court documents, Ingham said: "Without in any way waiving her right to seek termination of this conservatorship in the future, Britney would like Ms. Montgomery's appointment as conservator of her person to be made permanent."
Fans of Britney Spears have been worried their star has been kept against her will in the conservatorship and started a #FreeBritney movement on social media.
However, dad James has slammed the movement.
Speaking to Page Six, he said: "All these conspiracy theorists don't know anything. The world don't have a clue. It's up to the court of California to decide what's best for my daughter. It's no one else's business.
"I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year. How the hell would I steal something?
"People are being stalked and targeted with death threats. It's horrible. We don't want those kinds of fans. I love my daughter. I love all my kids. But this is our business. It's private."
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