The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship also revealed the possibility that people were being paid off to allow Jamie Spears to be the sole conservator.
In a new revelation, Britney Spears' dad used the excuse that his daughter had dementia as a way to take over her finances. The BBC documentary, The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship, discussed the possibility that doctors were also in on it. Documents accessed by the documentary show how Jamie Spears had ticked a box saying the reason for conservatorship was "dementia placement or treatment." This was done in February of 2008, a year after her infamous meltdown episode, after which she was sent to rehab. Journalist Mobeen Azhar and passionate fans behind the Free Britney campaign have uncovered these important documents, reported The Sun.
“There are only two options with that. Britney might have dementia. Now I’m not a doctor but if that’s the case, then the world isn’t aware of that. But the other option is actually more sinister," Azhar stated. He continued, “That’s the idea that she doesn’t have dementia but the conservatorship team has suggested that she has because they want to push the conservatorship through. And if that’s the case, then that’s terrifying.” Fans have rubbished these claims stating that there was no way a person with dementia could have the busy schedule that Britney does.
“There is no way any dementia patient is going on world tours, doing Vegas residencies, is learning 27 back-to-back combo numbers, full choreography. No honey, that is not happening,” Hayley Herms, an ardent fan who is part of the Free Britney movement, said. Britney has also released four albums and has done four world tours since then. She has performed 248 gigs in Las Vegas alone. Herms, along with others, has been fighting to ensure the 39-year-old singer can be restored of her "human and civil rights." She went on to tell Azhar, according to The Mirror, "I love her, she's like my mum. To me, it's like Britney is in jail. Not being able to talk to your friends, not being able to have the internet, your phone, she can't even make a phone call by herself."
Herms even told Azhar that she personally believed that doctors were being paid off. The documentary claims that the court-approved attorney for the past 13 years, Sam Ingham, is being paid £7,200 or nearly $ 10,000 per week by Britney’s estate. Megan Radford, another Free Britney campaigner has noted that the Toxic singer was placed in a probate conservatorship, rather than a mental health one. If she was placed in a mental health conservatorship, nobody would be able to earn any money. Jamie has declined to comment on the allegations being made. He has mentioned in the past that he has always done what he thought was best for his daughter.
The conservatorship came into permanent effect from October 2008 giving Jamie full control over Britney's assets, estate, and business affairs. In 2020, it was revealed by PEOPLE that Britney strongly preferred her father not return to the role of sole conservator and instead be taken over by Jodi Montgomery, the licensed conservator who took over Jamie's post in September. "All these conspiracy theorists don't know anything. The world doesn't have a clue," Jaime told Page Six. "It's up to the court of California to decide what's best for my daughter. It's no one else’s business."
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