Britney Spears Sends #FreeBritney Fans a Message

Thanks them after court victory
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2021 1:31 AM CDT
Updated Jul 15, 2021 6:57 AM CDT
Britney Spears: I Want My Father Charged
Jamie Spears, father of singer Britney Spears, leaves the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles on Oct. 24, 2012, left, and Britney Spears arrives at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 17, 2015.   (AP Photo)

At a court hearing Wednesday where Britney Spears was allowed to select her own new lawyer, the pop star revealed that she doesn't just want out of the conservatorship she's been under since 2008—she also wants her father charged. "I would like to charge my father with conservatorship abuse," said an emotional Spears as she spoke via phone, per CNN. "I want to press charges against my father today. I want an investigation into my dad." Her new attorney, meanwhile, called for Jamie Spears to exit his role as his daughter's conservator: "The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that’s what’s in the best interest of the conservatee," Mathew Rosengart said.

Despite the emotional nature of the hearing, Spears seemed happy in an Instagram post later Wednesday that included a video of her cartwheeling and riding a horse. "Coming along, folks ... coming along [middle finger emoji]!!!!! New with real representation today ... I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED !!!! Thank you to my fans who are supporting me ... You have no idea what it means to me be supported by such awesome fans !!!! God bless you all !!!!! Pssss this is me celebrating by horseback riding and doing cartwheels today [emojis including a cartwheel and a horse] !!!! #FreeBritney." Her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, commented, "Internet is about to explode #freebritney." Variety reports that this appears to be the first time Britney herself has used the popular hashtag. (More Britney Spears stories.)

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