Pop singer Britney Spears, who has been under conservatorship for more than 12 years due to reported psychological problems, has asked her lawyer to speak in the Los Angeles court hearing her case about her conservatorship.
The singer’s lawyer explained that her client wanted to speak directly to the judge, but made no mention of what she wanted to talk about.
“The conservatee has requested that I seek from the court a status hearing at which she can address the court directly”, Samuel D. Ingham III told the judge, according to the New York Times
What will she say? We’ll only discover on June 23 before an additional hearing on the case scheduled for July.
Now 39, Britney Spears is still living under the strict terms of a 2008 court settlement, after a high-profile descent into addiction that was widely publicised at the time.
Since then, when her affairs were taken over by her father, the star has rarely been able to evoke the conditions of this conservatorship.
Indeed, the singer had to ask her father’s permission for the slightest professional and personal decision. Without his approval, she is also forbidden to get married, get pregnant, have visitors at home, or drive her car.
Interest in Britney Spears’ legal and psychiatric saga was recently boosted by the release of a documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which explores the deterioration of the star’s mental health and her sometimes cruel and humiliating treatment by the media.
Today, this case has only intensified the #FreeBritney campaign conducted on the streets and on social networks by supporters.