After years of being silent, Britney Spears opened up in a bombshell 20-minute speech about her conservatorship in a court hearing on June 23.
She revealed to judge Brenda Perry why her father, Jamie Spears, should no longer be in charge of her $60 million estate.
The pop star didn’t appear in person but called in to discuss her legal situation in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
According to Page Six, Spears told the judge, “Ma’am, my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management, who played huge roles in punishing me when I said ‘No’ [to going on tour] — Ma’am, they should be in jail.”
Spears continued, “I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry. It’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.”
Spears said she thinks that her conservatorship is abusive and wants it to end “without being evaluated” for her mental health.
She was placed under a conservatorship in 2008 after a series of personal struggles, including her divorce from Kevin Federline. Since then, she’s not been able to control her finances without her father’s approval.
Spears said,” I think they’ve done a good job at exploiting my life.”
She revealed how she had been forced to take the drug Lithium after her canceled Las Vegas residency.
“I felt drunk. I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad… I was scared,” Spears stated.
Public interest in her conservatorship began when the documentary “Framing Britney Spears” was released. The documentary ignited the #FreeBritney movement, whose members want the conservatorship to end immediately.
The judge told Spears that she would need to file an official petition to be released from the conservatorship.
“I just want to commend you again for really stepping forward and stepping out to share your thoughts to not only myself but everybody who has been involved in this case and I just want to let you know how much I do appreciate that,” said Judge Perry to Spears.