Earlier in the week, we learned that Britney Spears made a surprise move to end her conservatorship while simultaneously confirming internet theories that her dad had her committed to a mental facility against her will — although, for the record, the jury’s still out on whether this was a necessary move for her own safety. Granted, all of Britney’s requests for more freedom were initially shot down in court, but The Blast is now reporting that the entire conservatorship is under investigation, specifically some very key parts that could shed some light on what the hell Britney’s handlers are really doing. (Emphasis mine.)
The move was quietly made days after Britney was ordered to undergo an expert evaluation to determine whether the restraints in her conservatorship should be loosened or modified.
The job of a probate court investigator is to conduct extensive interviews with all the people involved in a conservatorship case, including guardians, conservators, doctors and even law enforcement officials who have had contact with the subject of the conservatorship.
The investigator will also be reviewing medical and financial records, including custody agreements and even contractual obligations … such as her Las Vegas residency.
As for why the Vegas residency is so important, that’s been a sizable chunk of Britney’s revenue, and coincidentally, the one piece of her empire that Jamie Spears takes a cut from, according to a 2016 New York Times report on the unprecedented nature of Britney’s conservatorship.
Mr. Spears takes in about $130,000 a year as a conservator and is also reimbursed for the rent on an office he uses. His bills are reviewed and approved by the judge. He has sought only modest increases over the years, though he also requested 1.5 percent of gross revenues from the performances and merchandising tied to Ms. Spears’s Las Vegas show. The court, Ms. Spears and her court-appointed lawyer signed off on it.
Again, these numbers are from 2016, so there’s no telling if Jamie has divested himself of that cut or increased it. But as of 2017, Forbes reported that Britney’s Vegas residency had already pulled in over $100 million, which netted her dad $1.5 million for prodding her on stage like a juggling bear. That’s what you call a conflict of interest.
On that note, Britney’s longtime manager Larry Rudolph — who has no official role in her conservatorship — is suddenly going out of his way to tell TMZ that he’d never force Britney to perform if she wasn’t mentally ready, and in fact, maybe it’d be best if she stopped altogether.
Rudolph tells us it’s always been up to Britney when she wanted to work and when she didn’t. He said, “Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited. She hasn’t called me in months. Crickets. She clearly doesn’t want to perform now.”
As for the future, Rudolph says, “I don’t want her to work again ‘till she’s ready, physically, mentally and passionately. If that time never comes again it will never come again. I have no desire or ability to make her work again. I am only here for her when she wants to work. And, if she ever does want to work again, I’m here to tell her if it’s a good idea or a bad idea.”
As for why there’s some considerable scrambling going on, the sad reality is things have more than likely gone south with Britney to the point where Kevin Federline is reportedly taking precautions with the kids. (Or he’s a d*ck and colluding with her parents. Or Us Weekly is making all of this up because it’s owned by AMI now. Nobody knows!)
“Britney’s immediate concern has been in having increased visitation time with her boys,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “Kevin won’t allow the boys to spend more time with their mother until Britney is once again stable and therapeutic on medication. He allows the boys to spend time with Britney, but it’s at his discretion.”
Obviously, all of this just barely hovers above tabloid speculation. However, say what you will about TMZ, and God knows they suck on the whole, but they are diligent when it comes to court reporting. So if something is rotten with Britney’s conservatorship, we’ll know soon enough. In the meantime, if I had to take an educated guess, it sure as sh*t sounds like Britney is done performing and just wants to be free to be a mom, but there’s a giant question mark around whether she can mentally navigate life on her own.
To be clear, and more importantly, to not add fuel to batsh*t conspiracy theories, I lean heavily towards the narrative that the conservatorship was definitely necessary from a mental health perspective, but all kinds of dubious as a money-making apparatus. That said, how the hell has self-described “warlock” Charlie Sheen been free as a bird to bring children into a mansion he freely boasted was full of hookers and coke, to literally threaten schools, and to be outed several times over as an alleged abuser without Martin Sheen once obtaining the legal right to lock him up in a tower, yet Britney Spears can’t even buy a Frappuccino without a goddamn court order?
What the f*ck is that?
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