“Having exposed his misconduct and improper plan to hold his daughter hostage by trying to extract a multi-million dollar settlement, Mr. Spears has now effectively surrendered. There is no settlement,” Mathew Rosengart said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE on Tuesday.
“To the extent Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, he is incorrect and our investigation into financial mismanagement and other issues will continue,” the attorney added.
This past Tuesday, Jamie, 69, filed to end his daughter’s conservatorship after a total of 13 years.
Aside from when Jamie stepped down as Britney’s conservator in late 2019, Jamie was solely in charge of the 39-year-old’s finances as a conservator of her estate. He informed the court last month that he’d only step back “when the time is right.”
However, the filing supports initial establishment of a conservatorship. That being said, it also indicates that Jamie believes Britney is “entitled to have this court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.”
“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the filing says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
Britney spoke out against her conservatorship publicly for the first time ever the summer. And after two hearings in June and July, she accused her father of what she called conservatorship abuse, and said that saying she just wanted her “life back.”
On Aug. 12, Jamie criticized the “unjustified attacks” against him in a filing after Rosengart filed a motion to remove him from his role and replace him with a CPA.
“It is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests,” Jamie’s August filing stated.
“Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and include a resolution of matters pending before the Court,” the documents said. “In order to reach that result, the Court should encourage all interested parties to meet and confer in order to resolve those pending matters in the best interests of Ms. Spears.”
Jamie revealed that a voluntary resignation would be contingent upon approval of his latest accounting (including $1.4 million in attorneys’ fees he incurred over the span of a year) along with a substantial payment from Britney’s Estate to certain third parties, including Tri-Star Sports & Entertainment Group.
At the time, Rosengart said his requests were “inappropriate and unacceptable.”
And while Jamie said in his response that there were “no urgent circumstances” regarding his immediate suspension, Rosengart argued that “is false.”
“The world heard Ms. Spears’s courageous and compelling testimony,” he said, referencing the singer’s heartbreaking June 23 testimony. “Britney Spears’s life matters. Her well-being matters. Every day matters. There is no basis to wait.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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