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'I Thought They Were Trying To Kill Me': Britney Spears Tells The Court She Wants To Bring Formal Charges Against Her Father For 'Conservatorship Abuse'

Jul. 14 2021, Published 8:18 p.m. ET

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She's not backing down! An emotional Britney Spears told a Los Angeles County judge that she would like to bring formal charges against her father Jamie Spears over his role in the conservatorship.

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"I would like to charge my father with conservatorship abuse," said Spears, speaking to the court by phone on Wednesday, July 14. “I want to press charges against my father today."

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The 39-year-old broke down in tears multiple times as she pleaded to the judge. "I want an investigation into my dad," she reiterated.

Spears called her conservatorship "f--king cruelty" and said "if this is not abuse, I don't know what is." She also told the court she was not willing to be evaluated to remove her father from the conservatorship, saying she has "serious abandonment issues."

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As OK! previously reported, the Crossroads star scored a major victory Wednesday. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted Spears permission to hire her own attorney to represent her in her ongoing conservatorship battle. The mom-of-two chose Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor and veteran entertainment litigator

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The "Lucky" singer's new lawyer spoke publicly on her behalf for the first time, calling on Jamie to voluntarily step down as her conservator, saying it was "in the best interest" of his client.

"Jamie Spears should be removed as conservator because it is in [the] best interest of the conservatee," Rosengart said outside the courthouse Wednesday. "We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal.

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"The question remains, why is he involved?," he added. "He should step down voluntarily because that’s what’s in the best interest of the conservatee."

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Rosengart also praised Spears' "courage, passion, and humanity" for speaking her truth in court, and called her testimony "clear, lucid, powerful, and compelling."

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“My firm and I will be taking a top to bottom look at what's happened over the past decade," said Rosengart.

Wednesday's events came after Spears told Judge Brenda Penny at an explosive hearing last month that she had been forced by her conservators to perform, take lithium and remain on birth control against her will.

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