Britney Spears’ father Jamie fired back at Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan after they called the pop star’s conservatorship ‘questionable’ when demanding a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the issue.
Jordan and Gaetz, two of former President Donald Trump‘s top allies on Capitol Hill, cited Spears’ situation as ‘the most striking example’ of why conservatorships need to be taken up by the House in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler on Tuesday.
‘Given the constitutional freedoms at stake and opaqueness of these arrangements, it is incumbent upon our Committee to convene a hearing to examine whether Americans are trapped unjustly in conservatorships,’ the lawmakers urged.
Jamie’s attorney, Vivian Thoreen, responded to the shout-out hours later and slammed the assertion that Britney is being mistreated.
Britney Spears’ father Jamie (pictured together) fired back at Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan after they called the pop star’s conservatorship ‘questionable’
Jordan (left) and Gaetz (right) cited Spears’ situation as ‘the most striking example’ of why conservatorships need to be taken up by the House in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler on Tuesday
‘Jamie Spears has diligently and professionally carried out his duties as one of Britney’s conservators, and his love for his daughter and dedication to protecting her is clearly apparent to the court,’ Thoreen told TMZ.
The lawyer insisted that Britney’s conservatorship is in place to protect her, and that her legal team has been involved in decisions since it began in 2008 after the singer was hospitalized for mental health issues.
She also outlined the structure of the conservatorship to emphasize that Jamie is not the only person in control and pointed out that Britney has never filed a petition to end it.
‘Britney’s Conservatorship of the Estate was co-managed by a private professional fiduciary and her father until early 2019,’ Thoreen said.
‘At that time, Britney requested in court papers that her father be the sole conservator of her estate. Her Conservatorship of the Person is not managed by her father but by a private professional fiduciary.’
Spears’ case has been getting renewed attention thanks to The New York Times documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears,’ which was released last month.
Gaetz confirmed that the documentary piqued his interest in conservatorships on Tuesday when approached by TMZ in Washington. The Florida Republican said he hopes Britney will be able to testify and share her story soon.
It came after he posted a tweet with the hashtag ‘#FreeBritney’.
‘If the conservatorship process can rip the agency from a woman who was in the prime of her life and one of the most powerful pop stars in the world… Just imagine what it can do to people who are less powerful and have less of a voice,’ he wrote.
Gaetz posted a tweet with the hashtag ‘#FreeBritney’ on Tuesday
Jordan, the Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, and Gaetz referenced some of ‘Framing Britney Spears’ main takeaways in their letter to Nadler, including that Spears ‘strongly opposed’ having her father as her conservator.
They pointed out that in court appearances in August and November of last year, the pop star’s attorney said Spears was ‘afraid of her father’ and wouldn’t publicly perform until the arrangement had changed.
In the documentary, Jamie Spears’ attorney says that it’s nearly impossible to successfully terminate a conservatorship.
‘Ms. Spears is not alone,’ the letter said. ‘There are countless other Americans unjustly stripped of their freedoms by others with little recourse.’
The Republicans argue the Judiciary Committee is the right venue for a hearing because the committee is charged with ‘safeguarding the rights afforded to Americans by the U.S. Constitution.’
‘These rights include having free will to guide one’s own affairs and the legal autonomy over one’s own finances,’ the letter said.
‘When situations suggest the unjust deprivation of those rights by the government, we have an obligation to conduct oversight and explore potential remedies.’
A spokesperson for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said ‘the chairman has received the request’
A spokesperson for the Judiciary Committee told DailyMail.com that ‘the chairman has received the request.’
The spokesperson said the Judiciary Committee will be focused on civil rights and liberties legislation and gun violence prevention bills, among other topics.
‘This week alone, the Judiciary Committee will have hearings on federal policy and enforcement of controlled substances, the Constitutional framework for Congress’s ability to uphold standards of Member conduct, and reviving competition related to a free and diverse press,’ the spokesman said.