On Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Brenda Penny, ruled that Britney Spears estate would be overseen by both her father, Jaime Spears, and the financial firm, Bessemer Trust Company.

Spears did not attend the hearing, but Jaime attended virtually, along with both parties attorneys. The hearing addresses Jaime’s objections to the decision of a co-conservatorship. The judge dismissed the objections and maintained the decision to allow both parties equal power in Spears’ estate planning.

Spears’ lawyer, Samuel Ingham, clarified to the court that Spears would ultimately like Jaime to be removed entirely from her conservatorship, but recognizes that that is a matter for a later date.

Spears’ fans and supporters attended the hearings with signs of support, publicizing the hashtag #FreeBritney. This hashtag has been circulating on social media for years, but recently moved back into the spotlight as Spears faces continued legal battles.

The hashtag has been even more popular since the release of The New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears. The film reports on Spears’ relationship with the media over the years and what her life has been like in the spotlight since rising to fame. The film specifically shed light on her conservatorship, which has been in place since 2008.

Jaime had full control over Spears’ financial and personal matters until 2019. He stepped down as her personal conservator in 2019 due to health problems.

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