Jamie Spears, the father of pop star Britney Spears, was today removed from her conservatorship in what CNN describes as a legal victory in her "fight to regain control of her life." Control of Britney, placed under a conservatorship 13 years ago after a reported mental health crisis, amounts to control of her $60m fortune—a sharpener and a sweetener for the myriad of personae deeply interested in her wellbeing.
Mathew Rosengart, attorney for Britney Spears, described the elder Spears as a "cruel, toxic and abusive man," adding his client wants him out "today."
"Britney deserves to wake up tomorrow without her father as her conservator," Rosengart said. "It is what my client wants, it what my client needs, it is what my client deserves."
He cited behavior he called "unfathomable," based on reporting by the New York Times. Rosengart accused the elder Spears of placing a recording device in his daughter's bedroom, an allegation a representative for Jamie Spears did not respond to when previously contacted by CNN.
It strikes me as crude and offensive to describe what she has experienced as "slavery", but there is something très américain about the government's responsibility to protect the weak and vulnerable resulting in years of inescapable indenture.