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Britney Spears’ father, Jamie, has filed a court response to the popstar’s petition asking for his immediate removal from her conservatorship.
In statements made through his lawyer, Jamie took issue with allegations made by his ex-wife, Lynne Spears. On July 26, Lynne submitted a sworn statement to the Los Angeles court. It was an incendiary declaration in support of her daughter’s request to remove Jamie from the legal guardianship.
“It is clear to me that James P. Spears is incapable of putting my daughter’s interests ahead of his own on both a professional and a personal level,” Lynne said.
As part of Jamie’s new refutations of these claims, he detailed how much money Lynne has received from their daughter’s financial estate:
“In stark contrast, it appears that Lynne is the one who is incapable of putting her daughter’s interests ahead of her own,” Jamie’s statement, reviewed by Insider, reads. “Lynne has not been involved in her daughter’s life for most of the past twelve years. Despite their estranged relationship, the Conservatorship Estate, during the entire duration of the Conservatorship, has paid and continues to pay for the mansion in Louisiana where Lynne lives, including all of her utility bills, weekly maid service, and all maintenance (totaling upwards of $150,000 per year and to date, nearly $2,000,000 in total).”
Jamie also said Lynne had “exploited their daughter’s pain and trauma for Lynne’s personal profit by publishing a book about their daughter.”
The book, “Through the Storm,” was published in 2008 and detailed the events that led up to Britney Spears being placed under a conservatorship earlier that year. As reported by the New Yorker, Lynne’s memoir mentioned that Britney had encouraged her mother to divorce her father, “knowing that years and years of verbal abuse, abandonment, erratic behavior, and his simply not being there for me had taken their toll.”
“The book resulted in a lawsuit filed by Osama ‘Sam’ Lutfi against Ms. Spears and Lynne, and the Conservatorship Estate incurred significant legal fees to resolve it,” Jamie’s statement said.
Lawyers for Lynne Spears did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.
Though Jamie’s latest court filing noted multiple instances where he believes Lynne made “several false statements,” he ultimately agreed to step down from the conservatorship.
“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests,” the statement said. “So even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”
You can read the full court filing from Jamie Spears below, and see all of the ongoing updates in the conservatorship case here.