Britney Spears’ lawyer asks to resign after bombshell court hearing
Wednesday - 07/07/2021 06:43
Following the resignation of her manager, there’s been another dramatic development in Britney Spears’ conservatorship case as another key player quits.
Britney Spears’ court-appointed lawyer is resigning.
On Tuesday, Samuel D. Ingham asked to resign from the conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years, according to TMZ.
Mr Ingham didn’t give a reason as to why he’s stepping down as Spears’ lawyer. He and his firm Loeb & Loeb, LLP, asked that their resignation goes into effect “upon the appointment of a new court-appointed counsel”.
During her courtroom testimony, she told the court she never knew she could file to end the conservatorship.
“I want changes, I deserve changes. I was told I have to be sat down and evaluated again,” Spears said. Going on to address the judge directly, she said, “Ma’am, I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end. I honestly didn’t know that.”
Spears’ also spoke about her lawyer Mr Ingham in court and explained that she wanted to choose her own legal counsel.
“I’ve grown up with a personal relationship with Sam, my lawyer, I’ve been talking to him like three times a week now we’ve kind of built a relationship but I haven’t really had the opportunity by my own self to actually hand-pick my own lawyer by myself,” she added.
Ingham’s reported resignation follows her longtime manager Larry Rudolph’s resignation.
In a statement, Mr Rudolph, who said he hasn’t communicated with Spears in over two-and-a-half years, wrote, “I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations, so I am not privy to many of these details.
“I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career. And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.”
He added that he “will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together”.
Spears told the LA court last month that she wanted the conservatorship terminated, calling it abusive and that the arrangement had forced her to perform and to take medications against her will.
While it’s unknown how much further Spears will have to fight to be free, even more harrowing details have emerged about the pop star’s 13-year conservatorship.
New allegations of mistreatment by Spears’ father Jamie and disturbing details about how cut-off she has been from the outside world were revealed in a New Yorker expose titled “Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Nightmare”, co-authored by journalists Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino.