Britney Spears’ dad has asked Louisiana officials to confirm his control over the pop star’s personal and financial affairs.
Records obtained by the Daily News confirm Jamie Spears has filed 42 pages with the Clerk of Courts in Tangipahoa Parish to register his longtime conservatorship over the “Toxic” singer in the bayou state.
The move, first reported by TheBlast.com, came after Jamie filed a notice in Los Angeles County probate court last month saying he planned to register the conservatorship in Louisiana, Hawaii and Florida.
He didn’t elaborate on his motives for the effort, but his filing says his conservatorship gives him the right to control almost every aspect of the singer’s life. He can “restrict and limit visitors by any means” and control the Grammy winner’s credit cards, assets and business contracts, the paperwork states.
Spears, 37, has a history of visiting Hawaii, Florida and Louisiana, where she grew up, for leisure trips.
She was spotted vacationing with boyfriend Sam Asghari in Miami over the weekend.
“I think it’s mainly a control issue,” Elaine Renoire, head of the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse, said of Jamie’s legal steps. “Conservatorships are state law, so he has no power over her when she leaves."
Renoire, who is not affiliated with Spears’ case, said a new law meant to streamline interstate guardianship disputes, called The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, has been adopted by dozens of states to prevent jurisdictional conflicts, but Florida isn’t one of them.
“Let’s say she gets married in Florida. When she comes back to California, her dad could have that annulled,” Renoire said. “But he can’t force her to come back.”
She said if Spears is well enough to “make millions of dollars,” she might be well enough to convince a judge she should have the freedom to spend her money however she wants.
“It could be that Britney is saying, ‘I don’t need this.’ And her dad is putting his thumbs on her to let her know he could control her elsewhere,” she said.
Spears’ mom Lynne Spears still lives in Louisiana and attended a court hearing last month where the singer spoke to the judge about her medical care, her kids and her music career.
The judge listened to Spears in a sealed courtroom and then ordered an evaluation of the conservatorship that’s been in place since 2008. A follow-up hearing was set for Sept. 18.
In a social media post in March, Spears addressed reports she recently spent time in a mental health facility.
"Hi, guys. Just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me. All is well," Spears said in an Instagram video posted April 23. "My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to deal. But don't worry, I'll be back very soon.