Jamie Spears, the father of Britney Spears, has agreed to fuck off, legally speaking. Variety and TMZ report that Spears says he intends to step down from his daughter’s conservatorship after years of the pop star expressing opposition to the conservatorship and specifically to her father’s role in the arrangement.
In a searing 24-minute statement Britney Spears gave before a Los Angeles probate judge in June, she spoke out against the conservatorship, including the bombshell allegation that the singer was forced to use an IUD against her will. “Ma’am, my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship and my management who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no — ma’am, they should be in jail,” she told the judge.
In court documents that Jamie Spears filed on Thursday announcing his decision, he still holds: “There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate … And it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests.”
Nevertheless, the filing continues, “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. 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.”
Update: After multiple outlets reported that Jamie Spears would be stepping down from Britney Spears’ conservatorship, NBC News clarified that while Spears is “willing to step down,” he has not yet resigned and there are no plans to immediately replace him. “Mr. Spears continues to serve dutifully, and he should not be suspended or removed, and certainly not based on false allegations," wrote Spears’s legal team. “Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and include a resolution of matters pending before the Court.”