In a fantastic win for the pop sensation, Britney Spears’ father, Jamie, was suspended as conservator of her estate Wednesday.
Certified public accountant John Zbel has been appointed as the temporary conservator, as requested by Britney’s attorney, Matthew Rosengart, per Good Morning America.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny said the immediate suspension was necessitated by a “toxic environment” and is in the “best interest of Britney Spears.”
As previously reported by Human Events News, Britney has endured years of trauma brought forth by the conservatorship granted to her father in 2008 when concerns about her mental health and potential substance abuse reached an all-time high.
In response to his suspension, Jamie Spears issued a statement via his attorney on Thursday saying he loves his daughter “unconditionally” and has “tried to do what is in her best interests” for the last 13 years “whether as a conservator or her father.”
“For anyone who has tried to help a family member dealing with mental health issues, they can appreciate the tremendous amount of daily worry and work this required,” he continued, alleging he helped Britney “revive her career and re-establish a relationship with her children.”
“For Mr. Spears, this also meant biting his tongue and not responding to all the false, speculative, and unsubstantiated attacks on him by certain members of the public, media, or more recently, Britney’s own attorney,” the statement continued.
The statement said the outcome of Wednesday’s hearing is “disappointing, and frankly, a loss for Britney,” adding that the court was “wrong to suspend Mr. Spears, put a stranger in his place to manage Britney’s estate, and extend the very conservatorship that Britney begged the court to terminate earlier this summer.”
“Again, it was Mr. Spears who took the initiative to file the petition to terminate the conservatorship when neither Britney’s former court-appointed counsel nor her new privately-retained attorney would do so,” the statement added. “It was Mr. Spears who asked the court at yesterday’s hearing to immediately terminate the conservatorship while Britney’s own attorney argued against it.”
The statement concluded: “Despite the suspension, Mr. Spears will continue to look out for the best interests of his daughter and work in good faith towards a positive resolution of all matters.”
The next hearing will be November 12, when the court is expected to make a decision about the termination of the conservatorship.