Despite Jamie Spears agreeing to step down from his daughter Britney Spears’ conservatorship, the handover isn’t going fast enough to satisfy the pop star.
In a new court filing, Britney’s lawyer Mathew S Rosengart accused her father of attempting to extort her over millions in payments before relinquishing control, Variety reported.
“The status quo is no longer tolerable, and Britney Spears will not be extorted,” Rosengart wrote in the filing. “Mr. Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms. Spears’s estate by Mr. Spears and his associates, is a non-starter.”
The filing also said of Jamie, “His idea of ‘orderly’ is to hang on until someone first brands him ‘father of the year’ and awards him a gold star for his ‘service’.”
It continued, “In other words, although Mr Spears has, at last, been forced to recognize that it is best for his daughter if he departs now, he claims the right to drag his feet because it is best for him to cling to this conservatorship until he feels sufficiently-vindicated.”
Jamie has not yet responded to the accusation, but his lawyer previously stated that he did not believe “a public battle with his daughter… would be in her best interests,” adding that he had been “the unremitting target of unjustified attacks.”
Britney’s lawyer, though, told the court in the documents, “Having finally acknowledged that his time as Conservator should end, Mr. Spears is obligated to step down without condition and without seeking to extract anything further from his daughter.”
Rosengart has asked that the court appoint an accountant as the new conservator of Britney’s estate, replacing Jamie.
“The world heard Ms. Spears’s courageous and compelling testimony,” Rosengart said, referring to Britney’s statements at an open court hearing in June 23. “Britney Spears’s life matters. Her well-being matters. Every day matters. There is no basis to wait.”