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Britney Spears' Longtime Manager, Lawyer Resign Amid Conservatorship Battle

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Singer Britney Spears' longtime manager and lawyer have both resigned in the midst of her public fight to end her conservatorship.

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus Grand Opening
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Britney Spears (L) and talent manager Larry Rudolph listen to Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak's speech during the grand opening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus on November 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

Larry Rudolph penned a letter to Spears' father Jamie Spears, who is the co-conservator of his daughter's estate, announcing his resignation, Deadline reported Monday.

Rudolph said that he and Britney Spears have not communicated for 2 ½ years.

"It has been over 2 ½ years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus," Rudolph wrote to Jamie Spears, according to Deadline. "Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire."

"As her manager, I believe it is in Britney's best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed," he added.

Following Rudolph's resignation, Spears' court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, also announced his intention to resign. Ingham has represented Spears through all 13 years of the conservatorship that has been in place since 2008.

Ingham filed papers with the court on Tuesday. He will stay on until new council is appointed to represent her.

In her virtual testimony last month in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the 39-year-old singer lashed out at everyone involved in her conservatorship, accusing them of abusive treatment, forcing her to perform against her will and requiring her to take medications she did not want and undergo intensive therapy sessions.

Speaking by phone, Spears referred to the conservatorship as "abusive" and said, "The only thing comparable is sex trafficking," according to the court transcript.

In response to the testimony, a financial management company that had recently come on as a co-conservator for Spears' estate asked the court to to end its role.

Bessemer Trust Co. was appointed in November to act as co-conservator of Spears' estate, along with Jamie Spears.

In her testimony, Spears called for an end to the conservatorship, although her attorneys have not yet filed any petitions with the court to do so.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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