Spears called 911 and told them she was a victim of conservatorship abuse. The calls have been sealed due to an ongoing investigation.
Britney Spears finally broke her silence about the oppressive conservatorship she lived under, controlled by her father. In a court hearing held last month, she said, "I deserve changes. I just want my life back, it's been 13 years and it's enough. It's enough and it makes no sense at all... I'm done. I want to sue my family to be totally honest with you." Her revelation took the world by storm after she kept mum about her treatment over the years, further fueling the #FreeBritney campaign. In the hearing, she revealed shocking details of the conservatorship including how her team had a say in her reproductive rights.
“If a woman as famous and successful as Britney Spears cannot have had the right to hire her own lawyer…it speaks to the extent to which this system is flawed and does need oversight,” The New Yorker's Jia Tolentino says on Spears' conservatorship.https://t.co/MXSi23IO1B— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 6, 2021
Spears' legal team did not think the hearing would be an explosive one and did not expect things would change drastically. But according to The New Yorker, on the eve of the tell-all hearing, Spears had contacted emergency services in Ventura County, California, which is where she lives. She called 911 and told them she was a victim of conservatorship abuse. This set off alarms in her team, most of whom have had little or no direct contact with her for years, and now they had no idea what would go down in the court hearing. Calls to 911 that are usually accessible to the public have been sealed due to an ongoing investigation.
“They made her a zombie.” Dozens of sources reveal how Britney Spears was stripped of her rights, from the ten minute hearing that approved the plan with no questions—and a witness who now regrets it—to a recent 911 call from Spears. With @jiatolentino: https://t.co/eFbljZJ3tY— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) July 3, 2021
And after years, Spears finally spoke for herself. "Somebody’s done a good job at exploiting my life,” she said. “I feel like it should be an open-court hearing—they should listen and hear what I have to say.” She added, “The people who did this to me should not get away,” then she addressed the judge directly, and said, “Ma’am, my dad, and anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management, who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no—Ma’am, they should be in jail.” She was put in temporary conservatorship back in 2008, when Britney was committed to a psychiatric hospital for the second time, as per Daily Star.
"She really did describe this in terms of criminal abuse," reporters Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino told Good Morning America. "She said this in court. We know this from her and it obviously reinforces that -- it seems, she wanted to create a legal record of that complaint. We also know from subsequent other publications confirming our reporting on this in the last couple of days that officers were dispatched at that moment. So it seems like we know that testimony emerged from a moment of her being distraught over this arrangement." A person close to Spears and a law enforcement personnel in Ventura County have shared with The New Yorker that she did call 911.
Britney did not like to be around her father & you can see it with almost every interaction they have….the fact that’s she’s been forced to put up with him for YEARS is awful… #FreeBritney pic.twitter.com/oLAJY9j4qN— Britney Fan (@badmedlakarma) July 4, 2021
Even though she put on a cheery facade on her social media, managed to release four albums, headlined a global tour that earned nearly a hundred and thirty-one million dollars, and regularly performed for four years in Las Vegas, Spears was trying to push back the conservatorship in private for years. Behind the scenes, she was utilizing legal means to let the court know she was not happy with the arrangements. “She articulated she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her,” a court investigator wrote in a 2016 report as per The New York Times.
Despite the Free Britney movement gaining momentum, documentaries about the conservatorship released, and the revelations made by Spears herself, it has not helped her find her freedom. Judge Brenda Penny, the judge who was at the hearing, refused to remove Jamie Spears from his position, reported the BBC. She did, however, agree to the Bessemer Trust's role as co-conservator of the star's multi-million dollar estate. "It is not acceptable for Conservators or the Court to do nothing in response to Ms. Spears' testimony," her lawyers said in a statement.