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Britney Spears Attorney Seeks To Oust Singer's Father As Conservator

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Another hearing was held Monday in the Britney Spears conservatorship case, in which a judge said she will rule in late September on a petition filed Monday by Spears' new attorney seeking to remove her father as the conservator of her estate.

Attorney Matt Rosengart's motion requests that her father, Jamie Spears, be replaced by San Fernando Valley accountant Jason Rubin.

Jaime Spears' attorney, Vivian Thoreen, told the judge during the July 14 hearing that the elder Spears plans to stay in his role.

Rosengart and other attorneys in the case also told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny that they are still working on resolving a request by Spears' personal conservator Jodi Montgomery for reimbursement of expenses incurred in obtaining personal security.

Montgomery maintains in her court papers that she has seen a "marked increase" in threats directed at her on social media and through text messages, phone calls and emails.

"Many of the messages threaten violence and even death against petitioner (Montgomery)," according to the court papers. "Security has determined the security risk to be serious enough to recommend that 24/7 physical security be provided to (Montgomery) on an interim basis in order to protect her from harm."

Penny held a hearing on July 19 on Montgomery's petition, but the lawyers asked that they be allowed more time to discuss Montgomery's security issue. Penny then continued the hearing until Monday.

The long-lingering conservatorship has prompted Spears' fans to launch an online FreeBritney movement, calling for an end to the oversight of the 39-year-old singer's life and affairs. Organizers of the movement held a colorful rally outside the downtown courthouse during the July 14 hearing, when Spears also addressed the court.

A hearing scheduled Sept. 29 will deal with many of the accounting issues that have been delayed for months in getting resolved.

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

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