One of Britney Spears' co-conservators says her entire medical team agrees her dad should be removed from guardianship

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Britney Spears waves her right hand in front of a GLAAD banner as she poses on a red carpet.
Britney Spears poses at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
  • A filing from Britney Spears' lawyer includes a petition to remove her dad from the conservatorship.

  • One of Spears' conservators said the singer's medical team believed Jamie Spears should be removed.

  • "I told him he needs to go back to just being Ms. Spears' father," Jodi Montgomery wrote.

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One of Britney Spears' co-conservators said the pop star's entire medical team agreed that her estranged father, Jamie Spears, should be removed from the guardianship because of "serious, unresolved issues" between the father and daughter.

"During my tenure, I have personally observed dynamics at play between Mr. Spears and his daughter Ms. Spears that are not psychologically healthy and supportive for Ms. Spears and her mental condition," Jodi Montgomery, a co-conservator, said in a new court filing reviewed by Insider.

Montgomery, who was brought on to the conservatorship to oversee Spears' personal affairs in 2019, made the comments in a statement of support for Spears' most recent petition to remove Jamie Spears from her 13-year conservatorship.

Attorneys for Jamie Spears did not immediately respond to a request for comment. During a June court hearing, after Britney Spears spoke, Vivian Lee Thoreen, an attorney for Jamie, said he "is sorry to see his daughter in so much pain. [He] loves his daughter and misses her very much."

The singer's new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, made the first official request to remove Jamie Spears from the guardianship in court on Monday.

In addition to overseeing Spears' daily activities and communication, Montgomery said she helped put together and manage a medical team for Spears that included a new primary doctor, psychiatrist, personal coach, and coach for visits with her children.

"I have had numerous, ongoing conversations with the medical team and we all agree that it would be best for Ms. Spears' well-being and mental health that her father stop acting as her conservator," Montgomery wrote.

Instead, Montgomery said she strongly recommended that Spears' conservators not be family members, "only qualified neutral professional and/or corporate fiduciaries."

Montgomery said she has had conversations with Jamie Spears and asked him to step down from the guardianship and focus on "just being Ms. Spears' father."

"In my opinion, Mr. Spears removal as Ms. Spears' Conservator is critical to her emotional health and well-being and in the best interests of the conservatee," Montgomery wrote.

In a separate statement of support, the singer's mother, Lynne Spears, said the relationship between Britney and her father had "dwindled to nothing but fear and hatred."

In court documents filed on Monday, Spears' lawyer said Jamie Spears had been "paying himself $16,000 per month" for the past 12 years, which is $2,000 more per month than he had allotted his daughter.

Last month, Spears told the court that she had an abusive relationship with her father. Spears also testified that she was forced to work long hours and denied the right to remove her IUD while under the guardianship.

Montgomery referenced Spears' bombshell testimony in her Monday statement.

"As demonstrated by Ms. Spears' recent testimony to this Court, Ms. Spears has serious, unresolved issues with her father Mr. Spears sourcing back to her childhood that cause her great distress and emotional upset," she wrote. "This distress and upset is genuine and real."

Earlier this month, Montgomery said she had no plans to step down as Spears' conservator because the singer asked her to remain in the guardianship.

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