Judge Shoots Down Britney Spears’ Request to Remove Father From Conservatorship

The judge weighing Britney Spears’ request to remove her father from conservatorship denied the request Wednesday.

According to NPR: Judge Brenda Penny denied the request, which was first filed by Spears’ attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, last November. The judge’s decision comes after the singer appeared in court last Wednesday to make a direct appeal to the court. In that emotional statement, Spears said that she was being exploited and “bullied” by the conservatorship — and specifically, by her father.

Variety: New court documents that were filed by the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday show that the judge has denied the request by Spears’ attorney, Samuel Ingham III, to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as her sole conservator. “The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice,” the court documents state.

The next hearing in the case is currently scheduled for July 14. It is possible that Spears will submit a petition for the conservatorship to be terminated. In her comments to Judge Penny last week, Spears said that she had been unaware that she could take such an action. “I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end it,” she said. “I’m sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn’t know that.”