Britney Spears’s conservator asks for 50k/mo security, her dad tries to block it

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Earlier this week Britney Spears’s court-appointed lawyer, Sam Ingham, requested to step down once Britney gets another attorney. After Ingham resigned, Britney’s conservator of her person, Jodi Montgomery, requested that a guardian be appointed to help Britney select her own attorney, without further medical evaluation, as Britney requested. Britney’s testimony in her case, made public two weeks ago, really blew the lid off what’s been happening to her the past 13 years. She’s been controlled, emotionally and physically, to the point where she can’t choose when to get her hair and nails done or which friends to see. Worse than that was the fact that she has an IUD in that she can’t remove without permission. The Ronan Farrow New Yorker piece detailed more of the human rights abuses that Britney has endured.

Britney’s conservator, Jodi Montgomery, is feeling the heat now that the public knows what’s been happening to Britney. She says she’s received death threats and she petitioned the court for $50k a month, from Britney’s estate naturally, to hire private security. Britney’s father Jamie, the only conservator left now that Bessemer Trust has stepped down, is trying to deny that request. It looks like there’s a civil war happening among Britney’s conservators. Deadline explains this latest development.

As the exits and resignations from Britney Spears’ controversial conservatorship snowball, the focus has now turned to the bottom line of the singer’s more than $50 million fortune. Specifically, one day after temporary co-conservator Jodi Montgomery requested big bucks for increased security amidst death threats, the singer’s father and co-conservator wants to solidly put the kibosh on handing out any more cash.

“If the Court grants the Ex Parte Petition, it is anticipated that Ms. Montgomery will not be the only one requesting additional protection to be paid by the Conservatorship Estate,” the opposition from the elder Spears states (read it here). “The nasty rhetoric and threatening emails, social media posts, and voicemail messages are pervasive and ongoing and impact multiple people involved in or related to the Conservatorship, including the Conservatee, Mr. Spears, other family members, Ms. Montgomery allegedly, and many of their attorneys and other professionals involved – some more than others, and some more threatening than others,” the… filing adds.

Facing the alleged harsh intimidation that has come out of the glaring spotlight of Britney Spears’ sometimes shocking remarks to LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny and others on June 23, Montgomery is asking for $50,000 a month for 24/7 protection.

That sum is based on an estimation from Black Box Security, who have been providing protection in various forms for the Spears conservatorship, of the requirements at Montgomery’s “residence / home office for a couple of months,” according to a proposed order submitted to the court.

Citing threats of “violence and even death” in her July 7 petition, court appointed licensed private professional fiduciary Montgomery said that “security has determined the security risk to be serious enough to recommend that 24/7 physical security be provided to Petitioner on an interim basis in order to protect her from harm and until such time as Petitioner can make certain security improvements at her home office/residence.”

Part of the not so passive aggressive showdown between the co-conservators, one who is distinctly not in his daughter’s good books and one who at least has a working relationship with the singer, will be over time, as well as money.

[From Deadline]

Did you guys watch I Care a Lot, the Netflix drama with Rosamund Pike and Dianne Weist? It was a fictional account of conservator abuse, and it was fascinating. I keep thinking of that movie as I hear about the latest developments in Britney Spears’s conservatorship case, along with Framing Britney Spears of course. Is this how Britney’s conservatorship is finally going to be dissolved, by a thousand paper cuts and infighting instead of the “right” way, by it being declared unnecessary and abusive? Consider how much public interest this case needed and how Britney is still being controlled in every aspect of her life, to the point where she hasn’t even been granted the right to choose her own attorney. It’s likely this conservatorship has drained her of hundreds of millions of dollars. Everyday people unjustly under a conservatorship must be so screwed.

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  1. Dss says:

    You gotta love Ronan Farrow..

    I truly hope Brittany will finally find peace when this all shakes out.

  2. Jules says:

    What a mess. It seems like this is all going to take time to unravel, hope Britney can hang in there and gets her freedom.

  3. Gah says:

    Yes protect Ronan farrow who is doing amazing work that I hope brings Britney’s abusers to Justice.

    This is going to be one messy case

  4. Mina_Esq says:

    Hundreds of millions is right. With Britney’s career, she ought to be worth more than $50 million.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Yes, I was shocked at how low her net worth is but apparently she was down to her last couple millions back in 2008 per the New Yorker article.

      • Noki says:

        She was down to a couple of mil in 2008? That doesnt seem right,if you said now then i would believe it. After over a decade of leeches that would make sense. But in 2008, she was getting money from music,her very successful perfumes and sponsorships(esi etc ) wasnt she ?

    • Lara says:

      Her money was being mismanaged before this all started. She was almost broke (by multimillionaire standards) in 2008 and actually has more now.

    • robin says:

      a lot of people forget how stingy her father is, he kept the money tight (expect when it was his turn to get paid i guess) she made most of her money thanks to touring and vegas

  5. Jess says:

    Yes! I keep thinking about the Pike movie too and what an odd coincidence the timing is, because that movie shows what a nightmare it can be to get stuck in a conservatorship. This entire system needs to be overhauled.

    • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

      A friend of mine Who is a guardianship attorney said that a similar situation to that movie happened in the Orlando area and caused a big scandal in the conservatorship world a couple of years ago. I find that completely terrifying since I thought that the movie was just a over exaggeration of what could happen a conservatorship case. But what’s happening with Britney (and Ronan Farrow’s piece makes clear) shows that once you’re in a conservatorship it is very very difficult to get out of it.

    • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

      A friend of mine Who is a guardianship attorney said that a similar situation to that movie happened in the Orlando area and caused a big scandal in the conservatorship world a couple of years ago. I find that completely terrifying since I thought that the movie was just a over exaggeration of what could happen a conservatorship case. But what’s happening with Britney (and Ronan Farrow’s piece makes clear) shows that once you’re in a conservatorship it is very very difficult to get out of it.

      • AMA1977 says:

        The movie is (loosely) based on the Orlando case. There was an article in the Atlantic or Vanity Fair (or something, I can’t remember where) several months ago when the movie was released that went into detail about the conservator that Pike’s character is based on. The system certainly seems designed to favor the “professionals” who make their money through it at the expense of the people they’re supposed to protect.

    • lucy2 says:

      That movie was so good, and so terrifying.

  6. Ariel says:

    You know her dad, along with using her money to hire a high end PR firm to make him look good, also has 24 hour security. But doesn’t want to give it to anyone else.
    Wonder if he is trying to keep all the money for himself, or trying to get the new conservator to quit, to keep Britney isolated from anyone who might actually represent her interests and not keep her under his thumb.

  7. Lauren says:

    There was an episode of the Netflix series Dirty Money that dealt with conservatorships and it was horrifying to see the amount of abuse and humans rights violations that the conservators get away with and that is because there is zero control whatsoever over the conservatees. The episode was eventually pulled down, but it was really something and they have a series almost ready about Britney’s conservatorship.

  8. lunchcoma says:

    I suspect that in addition to not wanting to spend a penny more than is necessary on Britney herself, her evil, creepy father wants her to feel physically unsafe because it prevents her from leaving home and making friends.

    • stagaroni says:

      The 50k a month isn’t for security for Britney, it is for Jodi Montgomery’s personal security, and totals 600k a year. I wonder what Ms Montgomery charges Britney.

  9. Mich says:

    My understanding is that even though Bessemer was appointed early last November, the necessary paperwork wasn’t filed until recently and the judge only made it official last week (the same day Bessemer asked to resign). It is unclear if Britney’s lawyer dragged his feet in filing the paperwork or if Jamie dragged his feet in signing but the end result was that Jamie retained complete control in those eight months. A lot of #FreeBritney folks are frustrated because they feel she deserves to have a new set of eyes do a complete audit of where the money has gone. She has made hundreds of millions since the conservatorship started. Why is her estate only worth $50 to $60 million?

    I listened to the Emily Baker podcast the other night and she seemed to think the Jodi Montgomery filing was good for Britney. Jodi has proposed not assigning a new lawyer pulled from the small pool of favored court appointees but instead appointing an independent Guardian ad Litem to oversee the hiring of outside counsel of BritBrit’s choosing. That would remove the requirement that she undergo a yet another psych evaluation just to hire competent counsel.

  10. Silver Charm says:

    I know about I Care A Lot bc Eiza Gonzalez keeps using Britney’s conservatorship to promote her movie. Gross.

  11. Rose says:

    Thank God, Ronan is on it.

  12. Izzy says:

    She can work with law enforcement to deal with it. They should all be required to doso and not be allowed to drain one more penny from Britney.

    • Mariposa says:

      I agree with this – I don’t doubt she is getting increased attention and probably feels unsafe, butI doubt anyone would actually attack or try to kill her. And, if she feels strongly about it, just resign rather than draining more money from Britney.

  13. lucy2 says:

    I am a big, big fan of the work that Ronan Farrow does, but let’s not erase Jia Tolentino, who co-wrote the piece with him.