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Samuel Ingham, the attorney appointed by the Los Angeles court to represent Britney Spears’ interests, asked on Tuesday to withdraw from the controversial legal conservatorship that has controlled the artist’s life for 13 years.
Ingham has served as Britney’s attorney since 2008, but his work was called into question after the artist said in her latest deposition that she never knew she had the right to ask for the conservatorship to be terminated and would not let him speak against it.
“I’ve been talking to him about three times a week. We’ve kind of built a relationship, but I haven’t really had the opportunity to personally choose my own attorney. And I wish I could do that,” Britney said in her June 23 media statement.
Now, the judge overseeing the legal conservatorship, Brenda Penny, must either appoint a new attorney or give Britney the chance to choose one herself.
She is not the only withdrawal from the conservatorship following the artist’s testimony, as the investment fund overseeing Britney’s estate, Bessemer Trust, also asked to step aside from the conservatorship after stating that it “respects” the singer’s wishes.
And Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears’ artistic representative for the past twenty-five years, broke his contract with the singer by acknowledging that his will is to retire from the music industry.
“This conservatorship is paying a lot of people’s salaries. I’m fed up”, was one of the arguments with which Britney asked for the end of the guardianship.
Despite the artist’s insistence, neither Britney’s lawyer -who is now retired- nor her father, Jamie Spears, have formalized the petition to put an end to this legal mechanism that controls the personal life and finances of the interpreter of “Toxic.”
According to an exclusive in The New York Times, the lawyer has earned 3 million dollars (2.5 million euros at the current exchange rate) since 2008 with this case.
In addition, sources quoted by The New Yorker magazine denounced that Ingham has been more loyal to the interests of the father than to the singer herself.
Currently, the legal guardianship is divided into two parts: the financial aspect, controlled by Jamie Spears and the company Bessemer Trust, and the personal aspect, guarded by a lawyer named Jodi Montgomery.
The next hearing will be held on July 14 without the participation of the artist.