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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, September 14, 2020

Britney Spears shows love for #FreeBritney in court filing

BsBritney Spears filed an objection to a motion from her father to seal a recent filing in the case regarding her conservatorship. Spears claims that the public should know what is happening to her. Spears outwardly showed her support for the #FreeBritney movement driven by her fans, which her father has shown a clear distaste for. 

“Britney’s conservatorship has attracted an unprecedented level of scrutiny from mainstream media and social media alike,” the filing says. “Far from being a conspiracy theory or a ‘joke’ as James reportedly told the media, in large part this scrutiny is a reasonable and even predictable result of James’ aggressive use of the sealing procedure over the years to minimize the amount of meaningful information made available to the public.”

Britney Spears father, James Spears, along with he conservatorship's attorneys have consistently fought to have the courtrooms closed and the filings sealed. These efforts have been mostly successful in the past. 

The arguments in favor of keeping the filings sealed is to protect Spears' children and trade secrets. However, Spears argues that these things are not revealed in most of the filings in the case. 

According to recent filings, Britney Spears' assets totaled around $50 million at the start of 2020.

The most recent motion includes a "shout-out to the fans in the #FreeBritney movement . . ." 

“At this point in her life when she is trying to regain some measure of personal autonomy,” the filing says, “Britney welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans.”

See Andrew Dalton, Britney Spears shows love for #FreeBritney in court filing, AP News, September 3, 2020. 

Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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