Britney Spears’ call to end her guardianship in rare testimony Wednesday could help lift some of the restrictions she is on – but legal experts say it will be an uphill battle to end the arrangement entirely judicial.
Legal experts and guardianship attorneys told NBC News on Thursday that if Spears’ testimony was a powerful statement against her father, who has been her conservative since 2008, the singer would have to prove she was capable of making her own decisions. and that guardianship was no longer necessary.
“This is possibly the most unique guardianship case ever,” said MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos. “The judge will not terminate this guardianship lightly or without sufficient evidence.”
Read Britney Spears’ full testimonial here
In her 20-minute testimony, the singer said she had been “traumatized” by the people in control of her life for 13 years, saying she was continuously overworked, on lithium medication and banned from having sex. other kids after his Conservatives did. does not allow her to withdraw her contraceptive, which was approved by her father, James “Jamie” Spears.
Spears was inundated with support from actors, singers and media figures after her testimony. The review of her case has been stepped up in the wake of “Framing Britney Spears,” a documentary about her guardianship released in February, helping to fuel the #FreeBritney movement on social media.
At Wednesday’s hearing, an attorney for Jamie Spears made a brief statement, saying: “Mr. Spears is sorry to see his daughter suffer and suffer so much. Mr. Spears loves his daughter and sister very much.”
He declined to comment after Wednesday’s hearing, but his father and his team vehemently denied the abuse allegations, repeatedly saying he only had his daughter’s best interests at heart.
Before the judge makes a decision, legal experts said Spears needs to file a formal motion to end the guardianship, which has yet to go to court. Once filed, a court-appointed investigator will speak with everyone involved in the court-ordered arrangement, including Britney and Jamie Spears, they said.
“It is very unusual to end a guardianship precisely because the people in guardianship are not improving,” legal analyst Lisa Green said on “TODAY” Thursday. “While Britney wishes the judge could wave a magic wand and end this, what’s going to happen is this is going to start a whole new process, and the judge will hear from Britney, and her friends and family can speak.”
“But conservatives, including her father, may not agree with her,” Green said.
A substantial amount of evidence, including medical evaluations, would also be required to prove that guardianship was no longer necessary – a procedure Spears testified to waive, alleging that her father had already subjected her to deportation. numerous health assessments.
According to Tamar Arminak, a lawyer who worked with Amanda Bynes’ parents in her guardianship case in 2014, the most realistic scenario is that the guardianship remains, her father is removed from office and the terms of the legal arrangement soften.
“Britney has said in this case that the father is doing more harm than good, but there are reasons she is still under guardianship,” Arminak said.
“We don’t have access to all the evidence the judge saw in 2008,” Green said. “We have a partial glimpse into Britney’s life.”
“It sounds tragic, but there is a bigger story that we may never see,” she said.
During her testimony, Spears added that she wanted to “be heard” and that “the laws must change”.
In her closing remarks, she said: “I feel ganged up, intimidated, left out and alone. And I’m sick of feeling lonely. I deserve to have the same rights as everyone else, having a child, a family, any of those things and more.