Lawyer for Britney Spears’ dad: ‘Jamie saved Britney’s life’

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The authorized staff for Britney Spears’ father is trying to wrest again the #FreeBritney narrative that has vilified him whereas the singer’s conservatorship case has continued, insisting that James “Jamie” Spears loves his daughter and desires what’s finest for her.

However #FreeBritney advocates aren’t having it.

“I perceive that each story desires to have a villain, however individuals have it so mistaken right here,” Jamie’s lawyer Vivian Lee Thoreen mentioned Thursday throughout a digital look on ABC Information’ “Good Morning America.”

The Holland & Knight lawyer defended the elder Spears’ position because the 39-year-old performer’s conservator — identified in some states as a authorized guardian — regardless of renewed scrutiny of the protracted association catalyzed by the viral #FreeBritney motion and this month’s New York Instances and FX documentary “Framing Britney Spears.”

By the way, Thoreen, who makes a speciality of advanced belief, property, conservatorship and guardianship issues, took half within the documentary concerning the “Child… One Extra Time” hitmaker earlier than rejoining the elder Spears’ authorized staff final 12 months. Within the documentary, she mentioned that she has by no means seen an individual efficiently get out of a conservatorship.

“It is a story a few fiercely loyal, loving and devoted father who rescued his daughter from a life-threatening state of affairs. Folks have been harming her, they usually have been exploiting her,” Thoreen mentioned on “GMA.”

That’s why the conservatorship was first put into place in 2008 following the “Poisonous” singer’s public unraveling after her divorce from husband Kevin Federline, bitter custody battle and extremely publicized hospitalizations, Thoreen mentioned. It allowed her father to make private, medical and monetary selections for the beleaguered entertainer with a probate association normally utilized with the aged or infirm.

“Jamie saved Britney’s life,” Thoreen mentioned, including that the singer’s property “have been clearly being mismanaged, and she or he was being taken benefit of financially by a few of these round her,” Thoreen mentioned.

Thoreen mentioned that the elder Spears boosted the singer’s $2.8-million fortune to just about $60 by collaborating along with her and enabling her, she added.

“He has collaborated along with her to assist her regain custody of her youngsters. He has introduced her funds again from catastrophe,” she added. “And he’s created a protected setting for her to stay her life the way in which she desires, away from the media that trigger her a lot ache.”

However the authorized association took a pointy flip final summer season.

That’s when Spears’ lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, instructed the court docket in August that Spears now not desires her father to function the only conservator of her individual and needed a financial institution to be named a conservator of her funds. In November, Ingham additionally made the bombshell revelation that the previous little one star is “afraid of her father” and received’t carry out once more whereas he stays in command of her profession. (He has repeatedly declined requests for remark from The Instances.)

In response, Thoreen deflected the subject and tried to color a portrait of a loving father who was confounded by these allegations.

“Early on within the pandemic, they spent two weeks with different members of the family, hunkered down in Louisiana, they usually spent a number of time collectively,” she mentioned. “Britney and Jamie went on lengthy drives collectively. They performed and labored within the household backyard. And each evening, Jamie cooked Southern consolation meals that the household ate and loved collectively.

“In that point, Britney by no means expressed these phrases to her father,” Thoreen added. “She’s by no means requested him to step apart.”

Nor did she say if she thought the pushback in opposition to Jamie is coming from the singer or from her lawyer.

“Jamie loves his daughter. And like some other household, points come up every now and then, however this by no means takes away from the love and assist they’ve for one another. Britney is aware of that her daddy loves her, and she or he is aware of that she will be able to name on him any time, conservatorship or not,” Thoreen mentioned, later repeating her speaking level: “Jamie serves as Britney’s conservator as a result of he loves her. He desires the very best for Britney.”

Thoreen didn’t actually deal with the highly effective #FreeBritney motion, which Jamie has beforehand derided as “conspiracy theorists,” who imagine that the singer stays beneath the conservatorship in opposition to her will and is being taken benefit of by her father.

“I believe now we have to recollect how this conservatorship was began and that Britney wanted assist, and that’s why the conservatorship was put into place and why Jamie was appointed,” she mentioned.

The “Piece of Me” singer didn’t take part within the documentary, nor did she instantly deal with it after it debuted earlier this month. Nonetheless, her Instagram account, which has lengthy been mined for clues about her well-being, has not directly referenced the renewed curiosity in her case.

“Framing Britney Spears,” which explores the origins of the #FreeBritney motion, has emboldened each diehard Britney followers and informal viewers to pore over Spears’ conservatorship.

The documentary has additionally prompted a reckoning that garnered empathetic think-pieces and apologies from those that imagine they wronged the singer prior to now, together with her ex Justin Timberlake, shock-jock Howard Stern, comedians, journalists and MTV VJs.

On Thursday, vocal #FreeBritney advocates pushed again in opposition to Thoreen’s narrative on Twitter, criticizing the lawyer for her stance and for spending the interview “attempting to recollect what her phony script mentioned.”

A consultant for Thoreen didn’t instantly reply to The Instances’ request for remark Thursday.

Right here’s a have a look at what Spears’ followers needed to say:

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