Britney Spears' father gives up conservatorship following accusation of assaulting grandson

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Britney Spears has been under her father's legal control since 2008 (Credit: Invision/AP)

Britney Spears’ father Jamie has officially stepped down as her conservator, following an accusation of assault on his grandson made against him.

A judge approved Jamie’s request to temporarily relinquish duties - which he has held for 11 years - to Jodi Montgomery, during a hearing at a Los Angeles court on Monday.

According to legal documents, Montgomery is described as the singer's longterm "care manager."

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A source told People: “Nothing will change in Britney’s life. Jamie will still get updates about Britney and Jamie will make sure that she is protected against people who want to take advantage of her. [Her mother] Lynne will also be around if Britney needs her.”

Jamie Spears has been Britney's conservator since 2008 (Credit: AP)

Last week, Jamie asked to be temporarily removed as his daughter's conservator "due to personal health reasons."

While he has been treated for colon problems over the past year, Britney's father is also under investigation for child abuse, after her ex-husband Federline filed a police report accusing Jamie of ‘battery’ against his 13-year-old grandson, Sean Preston.

While Britney did not appear in court for Monday's hearing, members of her legal team did, along with an attorney for Federline and lawyers for Britney's mother, Lynne, The Blast reported.

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The courtroom was cleared after a request by Britney's lawyer's request, because of the possibility of sensitive medical information coming up, along with discussions of her and Kevin Federline's children. The exes share two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, 12.

Yahoo Entertainment reached out to lawyers for both Britney and Federline regarding the hearing, but did not immediately receive responses.

A lawyer for Federline previously confirmed to People that an incident took place on the evening of August 24 which caused his client to file a police report.

Attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said: "There was a disagreement that occurred while Britney and the children were visiting with Jamie at his home that led to a physical altercation that was observed by Jayden. Britney did the right thing and removed the children and took them out of there, but the trauma to the kids is nonetheless."

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Federline and Spears currently have joint custody of their sons, but Federline has formerly requested that a judge make him primary carer.

Britney has not publicly addressed the family drama.

The Toxic singer has been under the conservatorship of her father since 2008 after she was committed to a psychiatric hospital. The legal ruling means a conservator acts asa guardian, with control of the subject’s financial affairs and in some cases the right to manage their daily life due to physical or mental limitations.

The 37-year-old pop star - who entered the spotlight age 11 on Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club - suffered from the pressures of fame and work and had a very public breakdown.

She has since revived her career, appeared as a judge on the American version of The X Factor, performed several hit world tours and a Las Vegas residency.

However, she pulled out of a second Las Vegas run due to stress and there has been an ongoing campaign by some fans to ‘Free Britney’ from her conservatorship.