The father of pop star Britney Spears has finally agreed to step down as his daughter’s conservator after more than 13 years.
The singer’s lawyer released a statement on Thursday, confirming Jamie Spears had filed court documents agreeing to step aside from his long-time role.
“We are pleased that Mr Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed,” lawyer Mathew Rosengart said.
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“It is vindication for Britney. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms Spears and others.
“We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr Spears’s sworn deposition in the near future.”
In the court documents, Mr Spears said the “public battle with his daughter” led to his decision to step down.
“There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr Spears as the Conservator of the Estate under Probate Code section 2650,” Mr Spears’ lawyer said.
“And it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms Spears’ best interests.
“Nevertheless, 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 interest.
“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.”
Spears has been in control of his daughter’s affairs since she suffered a mental health breakdown in 2008.