Britney Spears’ court-appointed lawyer filed Tuesday documents to resign her conservatorship. This is the latest move in the fallout of Britney’s comments in court denouncing the legal arrangement in which has control over her money and her affairs.
Samuel Ingham III filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court asking for Spears to be appointed a new attorney. He stated that his resignation would be effective as soon as possible.
Spears was harsh about Ingham during her June 23 speech before the court. She condemned the conservatorship, and asked Judge Brenda Penny for its end. Spears also said that she wished that the court would let her hire a lawyer of choice.
Last week, Bessemer Trust (the estate-management company Spears requested to replace her father as conservator) filed its own documents withdrawing the case. According to the filing, circumstances had changed following Spears’ comments at court on June 23,
Penny said that Spears had not asked for her father’s replacement, but she stated that James Spears, and Bessemer Trust, could co-conserve her finances.
On Monday, Britney Spears’ long-term manager Larry Rudolph resigned. Deadline obtained a letter from Rudolph stating that she did not intend to resume her career after a 2 1/2-year hiatus.
Ingham, a veteran probate lawyer, was for many years silent in the conservatorship. However, he became a vocal advocate for Britney starting last year. Ingham’s statements to court that she fear her father, and would not resume work if he had control over her career were an early sign of the presumed consensus among those involved in the conservatorship.
Ingham stated that Britney Spears hadn’t asked him to file a petition ending the conservatorship. However, he said he expected her to do so in the near future. Spears said that she didn’t know she could file a petition to end the conservatorship, and she hasn’t.