Britney Spears' Dad Jamie Accuses His Ex Lynne Of 'Exploiting' Singer In Battle Over Conservatorship

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Apr. 26 2021, Published 9:14 p.m. ET

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Britney Spears’ father Jamie is attacking his ex-wife Lynne for challenging him over money he spent in his role as co-conservator of the singer’s estate. 

According to court documents, Jamie’s lawyer filed a response to Lynne’s objections over his salary and legal expenses. Recently, Jamie asked the court to sign off on him using $3 million from Britney’s estate. He said $2 million was needed to pay lawyers who worked for him from November 2019 until February 2021. 

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Jamie said an additional $1 million was needed to pay off Britney’s separate team. Britney’s estranged father, who has controlled her life for over a decade, is using the money to keep the conservatorship in place. In addition, Jamie wants to make sure his $16,000 a month paycheck he receives for managing the estate not be modified. 

Britney, who was stripped of her rights to manage her finances, doesn’t want her father as co-conservator. She is refusing to work until Jamie is removed from the case. 

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Lynne has stayed away from the conservatorship matters until recently. Last year, she hired a lawyer who asked the court to keep them informed of decisions in the conservatorship. She has been slowly speaking up in court as things progress. 

In her objection, Lynne said the amount of money Jamie requested for his lawyers is “utterly excessive.” Further, she said the law firm’s services were not “performed in good faith for the benefit” of Britney. 

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In court documents, Lynne called the fees "procedurally and substantively improper.” Britney’s mom is demanding her ex-husband “immediately” repay $224,000 to the estate. 

Jamie didn’t take the objection kindly. His lawyers didn’t hold back accusing Lynne of not acting in Britney’s best interest. They pointed out Lynne, “has not been involved in their daughter’s conservatorship until very recently, and she is now raising objections to fees related to matters that she has no knowledge of."

His legal team suggested Lynne, "is the one who exploited her daughter’s pain and trauma for personal profit by publishing a book," about her daughter. Jamie is referencing her 2008 memoir Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.

In regard to his massive legal bill, Jamie’s lawyers claim the bill grew quickly due to the controversy surrounding the conservatorship, especially after the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears was released. 

The lawyer claim, “Specious allegations that have threatened to tarnish his reputation as a loving, caring father who has nothing to hide, has been loyal and fiercely loving toward his daughter, sought to protect her, and manage her finances so that she can live her life the way she wants." Jamie claims he is doing his best for Britney despite her consistent plea for him to be removed. 

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. 

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