Britney Spears’ father said on Friday that he and his daughter discussed returning to a mental facility, despite his rejection of efforts to remove him as co-conservator of her multimillion-dollar estate.
Jamie Spears stated in documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court that he was not responsible for his daughter Britney Spears’s committed suicide in 2019, which prompted the now-famous “#FreeBritney” movement.
On July 9, he said he received a call from Britney’s personal and medical affairs manager, Jodi Montgomery, begging for help with the singer’s “recent conduct” and mental health.
Montgomery apparently voiced worry that the pop star wasn’t taking her meds properly, and suggested a 5150 psychiatric hold, which enables a person to be kept for mental assessment if they are judged a risk to herself or others under California law.
In a court declaration, Jamie Spears stated, “Ms. Montgomery believed that Ms. Spears was spinning out of control.”
He said Montgomery then changed his mind and indicated a 5150 wasn’t required.
The father stated that he had little influence over Britney’s medical decisions beginning in 2018, including her commitment to a psychiatric institution the following year.
When word of the former pop star’s alleged involuntary commitment broke, fans flocked to social media to demand that she be “freed.”
“Although I did not legally stand down as Conservator of the Person until September 2019, I had not been in control of my daughter’s medical treatment since late 2018, when I had to step back in this position owing to my own personal health issues,” the father said in the petition.
According to the court filings, the decision was made by Montgomery, who was added to Britney’s conservator team due to Jamie’s health concerns, and a lawyer who used to be engaged in the case.
According to the court petition, “Jodi Montgomery and the Conservatee’s previous counsel Sam Ingham admitted Ms. Spears to a facility in early 2019, including but not limited to signing the admitting documents.”
“As Case Manager, Ms. Montgomery operated under the exclusive supervision and authority of Jamie Spears,” Montgomery’s rep said in a statement to The Post on Friday.
“In March 2019, she had no ability or authority to place Britney Spears in any facility as a Case Manager; only Jamie Spears did.
“It is categorically false that Ms. Montgomery and Sam Ingham were the ones who ‘admitted Ms. Spears to a facility in early 2019.’
“It is in Ms. Spears’ best interests for her father to resign as her Conservator so that he may focus on being her father and developing a healthy, loving father-daughter relationship,” the statement said.
Montgomery’s attorney also claimed that, despite her concerns about the “Toxic” singer’s mental state, Jamie Spears distorted their conversation.
Montgomery’s lawyer claimed in a statement that “at no point did Ms. Montgomery convey to Mr. Spears that Ms. Spears would now qualify for such a (5150) detention.”
According to the letter, Montgomery feels that having her father as conservator was having a “severe impact” on Britney’s mental health.
Since 2008, when the pop singer had a succession of public meltdowns, Jamie Spears has been at least one of his daughter’s conservators.
Britney has asked to be released from the conservatorship and has demanded that her father and anybody else implicated be imprisoned.
“Ma’am, my father and anybody engaged in this conservatorship, as well as my management, who played major roles in punishing me when I said ‘no’ [to going on tour], they should all be in jail,” she told a judge last month.
Jamie argues in the latest filing that all he’s done is attempt to keep his kid safe.
Mr. Spears’ main motive during his tenure as Conservator has been his unwavering love for his daughter and a passionate desire to protect her from anyone attempting to take advantage of her, according to the documents.
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