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Reps Matt Gaetz & Jim Jordan Ask For Hearing On Conservatorships After 'Framing Britney Spears' Documentary

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May. 1 2021, Updated 11:57 a.m. ET

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#FreeBritney may just make its way to Congress! Representative Matt Gaetz reportedly requested that the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on court-ordered conservatorships — which is what Britney Spears has been under since 2008. 

While Gaetz is a big supporter of former president Donald Trump, he seemingly doubles as a fan of the "Womanizer" singer. 

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"The House Committee on the Judiciary is charged with safeguarding the rights afforded to Americans by the U.S. Constitution. These rights include having the free will to guide one's own affairs and the legal autonomy over one's own finances. When situations suggest the unjust deprivation of those rights by the government, we have an obligation to conduct oversight and explore potential remedies," Gaetz and Jim Jordan wrote in a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee Representative Jerry Nadler.  

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"In recent years, there has been growing public concern about the use of conservatorships to effectively deprive individuals of personal freedoms at the behest of others through the manipulation of the courts.

"The most striking example is perhaps the case of multi-platinum performing artist Britney Spears."

The pair said that the circumstances that Spears found herself in the conservatorship are "in dispute" and that there was allegedly questionable motives and legal tactics by her father, Jamie Spears, who is her co-conservator. 

Gaetz and Jordan also cited that Spears’ attorney noted in court hearings that the "Toxic" singer is said to be afraid of her father and will not perform again if he remains in control of her career. 

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Jamie is still his daughter’s co-conservator, but Bessemer Trust was appointed co-conservator over the pop icon’s estate. 

"Ms. Spears is not alone. There are countless other American’s unjustly stripped of their freedoms by others with little recourse," they added with reference to a Long Island man called Daniel Gross, who was "locked in a Connecticut nursing home for 10 months despite his plea for release," after he was placed in a conservatorship. 

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"If the conservatorship process can rip the agency from a woman who was in the prime of her life and one of the most powerful pop stars in the world... Just imagine what it can do to people who are less powerful and have less of a voice," Gaetz tweeted.

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Within hours, Jamie’s legal team responded.

"Jamie Spears has diligently and professionally carried out his duties as one of Britney's conservators, and his love for his daughter and dedication to protecting her is clearly apparent to the court," his attorney Vivian Thoreen told TMZ.

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Thoreen said that the conservatorship exists to protect her and that Britney never filed a petition to end it. 

"Britney's Conservatorship of the Estate was co-managed by a private professional fiduciary and her father until early 2019," Thoreen said.

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"At that time, Britney requested in court papers that her father be the sole conservator of her estate. Her Conservatorship of the Person is not managed by her father but by a private professional fiduciary."

This comes after the release of the Framing Britney Spears documentary, which covered the blonde beauty’s early career and conservatorship, last month.

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