Britney Spears Testifies in Court, Asks for 'Abusive' Conservatorship 'to End': 'I Am Traumatized'

The pop star spoke at her conservatorship hearing Wednesday, making unsettling claims about the abuse she has endured over the last 13 years.


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Britney Spears has formally asked the court to terminate her 13-year conservatorship.

“I am traumatized... I’m not happy, I can’t sleep. I’m so angry I’m insane,” she told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny via phone on Wednesday. “It’s my wish and my dream for this to end.”

As reported by to Rolling Stone, the 39-year-old pop star made a number of unsettling claims during her testimony. She told the court she considers the guardianship oversight to be “abusive” and that it has prevented her from living life the way she pleases, as she has no control of her finances, medical decisions, or even everyday activities, like driving with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari.

“All I want is to own my money … and for this to end … and for my boyfriend to be able to fucking drive me in his car,” she said. “And honestly … I want to be able to sue my family … I have an IUD in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out. I wanna be able to get married and have a baby.

“… I deserve to have a life. I worked my whole life,” Spears said. “I deserve to have a two- to three-year break and do what I need to do. I feel ganged up, I felt left out and I feel alone. I deserve to have the same rights as anyone does by having a child and a family. Any of those things.”

Spears’ conservatorship was implemented in 2008 following her highly publicized mental breakdown. Her father Jamie Spears was appointed her co-conservator alongside Andrew Wallet, who voluntarily resigned from the role in spring 2019. Bessemer Trust Co. has since served as a co-conservator with Jamie, who oversees his daughter’s $60 million fortune.

The last time Spears addressed a judge was in May 2019; however, the court room was closed off to the public and the transcripts were sealed. This time around, Spears’ legal team insisted her testimony be on public record so she may shed more light on the alleged abuse she has endured over the last decade.

“They’ve done a good job at exploiting my life,” Spears said. “So I feel like it should be an open court hearing and they should listen to what I have to say.”

Rolling Stone reports Spears refuted claims she’s suffering from dementia, and said she was put on lithium without her consent.

“It’s a strong drug. You can go mentally impaired if you stay on it longer than five months,” she said, as reported by CNN. “I felt drunk, I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything. They had me with six different nurses.”

It’s reported about 100 participants in the #FreeBritney movement gathered outside the courthouse prior to the hearing. Those supporters, which were highlighted in a New York Times documentary, have spent years calling for an end to Spears’ conservatorship.

“I’m a mom and a fan. We’re here to hear what she has to say,” Virginia resident Jennifer Preston told the AP outside the hearing. “She’s been treated like a child for the last 13 years, she hasn’t had control of her life or her finances, even though she’s clearly capable enough to do those things.”

#FreeBritney movement rally outside, as the hearing begins inside the courthouse. Sound on to hear their chants.

— Elizabeth Wagmeister (@EWagmeister) June 23, 2021

Spears also admitted she had lied when she told her fans that she was happy and OK, saying she was afraid of how people would react if they knew the extent of her frustration and sadness.

“I have never said it openly I didn’t think anything of it. I thought people would make fun of me, she’s lying, she’s got everything, she’s Britney Spears,” she said. “It’s been long time since I’ve owned my money. It’s my wish for this to end … For the past fucking 13 years, I’m been so good and so pretty and I do everything. I can’t allow my ignorant father to do that to me … I don’t even drink alcohol. I should drink alcohol given what they’ve put my heart through.”

Following Britney’s testimony, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, and scores of others took to social media to show their support for the singer. 

Jess and I send our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts, and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live.

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 24, 2021

After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time.

Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right.

No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 24, 2021

We love you Britney!!! Stay strong ❤️❤️❤️

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) June 23, 2021

Spears’ next court hearing is scheduled for July 14. 

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