Britney Spears‘ new attorney Matthew Rosengart said that he and his firm are working “aggressively and expeditiously” to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as her conservator.
The former federal prosecutor told reporters outside the Los Angeles courthouse following a brief hearing on Monday (July 20) that he and his firm, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, would file a petition for Jamie’s removal unless the pop star’s resigns first, following the lead of her former court-appointed lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III; Bessemer Trust, the wealth management firm that was appointed to be co-conservator of the singer’s financial affairs alongside Jamie; and her longtime manager Larry Rudolph. They all requested to remove themselves from the situation in the weeks following her bombshell June 23 court hearing.
“Today was about the issue concerning security,” Rosengart told reporters. “The only thing I’m going to add to what I said last week in court and outside is: First, I once again want to thank Britney Spears for her courage and for her strength. I want to thank Judge Penny for her courtesy and welcoming my firm and I into this case, and I also want to thank Britney Spears’ fans and supporters. The outreach and support for my firm, myself and most importantly Britney has truly been overwhelming — coast to coast and literally throughout the world.”
Concluded Rosengart: “Finally, and the last thing I’m going to say about this matter is: As I said in court last week and outside, my firm and I are moving aggressively and expeditiously to file a petition to remove Jamie Spears unless he resigns first.”
Monday’s hearing comes after Britney’s personal conservator Jodi Montgomery asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny on July 7 to approve that the 24/7 protection she requested be paid for by the conservatorship, which could cost up to $50,000 a month. Jamie’s attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen filed an opposition the next day, arguing that Montgomery “is not the only person involved in this Conservatorship who has received threatening communications and/or death threats,” and suggested other feasible options for security.
During a groundbreaking July 14 hearing in the conservatorship case, Judge Penny approved the 39-year-old pop star hiring an attorney of her own choosing. Outside of the courthouse, Rosengart addressed the public and said Jamie must step aside.
“The question remains: Why is he involved?” he said outside. Meanwhile, in court, Rosengart questioned why the conservatorship was even put into place in the first place, and said he and a team of lawyers from his firm would be examining the fine print of the arrangement. “This is not working,” he said. “We know that.”