Britney Spears’ new attorney claims her father wants to make about $2 million in payments to her before she can get out of the conservatorship that governs her money and life. A court filing Tuesday said they likened it to extortion.
The document filed by lawyer Mathew Rosengart says the upcoming scheduled accounting of the conservatorship, which James Spears says he wants completed before he steps down, will mean significant payments for him.
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James Spears representatives did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The filing is a supplement to Rosengart’s July petition on Britney Spears’ behalf for the removal and suspension of James Spears, which will be addressed at a Sept. 29 hearing.
In his response, James Spears revealed that he had already been planning to step down from his daughter’s conservatorship, which he has controlled at least in part since it was established in 2008.
James Spears did not give a timeframe for his departure and said that it would only be after several lingering issues were resolved, including the next accounting.
James Spears stated that he would resist any attempt to force him to leave, that there was no reason for it, and that he has always acted in the best interests of his daughter.
Rosengart’s most recent filing claims that, while there are many misconduct issues to address it is not the main issue.
“The Court is still unable to answer the question of whether Britney Spears’ prompt suspension or removal is in Britney Spears’ best interests,” the filing states. Later, it adds that “the unambiguous answer is yes.”
After stepping down from his role as overseer of her personal affairs, James Spears has now only managed the finances of his daughter.