On Sept. 3, Britney's lawyers formally filed documents that oppose her father's wishes to seal part of the ongoing — and increasingly hostile —case.
The conservatorship, which her dad Jamie Spears has run since 2008, has been a source of contention for years, especially among Britney's fans — some of whom believe she's being held against her will and even using Instagram to covertly send signals.
In the new documents obtained by TMZ, Britney implies that she doesn't trust her father. Jamie recently asked that he be allowed to appoint a co-conservator to help handle his daughter's business affairs. Britney, though, has asked for an independent party to take the reins, not the lawyer her father has in mind.
Further, Britney's team says there's no reason to keep the case private because no sensitive issues regarding her minor children will be disclosed.
"Britney herself is vehemently opposed to this effort by her father to keep her legal struggle hidden away in the closet as a family secret," the new documents claim. "Far from being a conspiracy theory or a 'joke' as James [Jamie] reportedly told the media, in large part this scrutiny is a reasonable and even predictable result of James' aggressive use of the sealing procedure over the years to minimize the amount of meaningful information made available to the public."
The legal action is sure to rile up the #FreeBritney troupe, who recently protested against the conservatorship outside a Los Angeles courthouse.
Recently, Jamie publicly addressed the #FreeBritney movement for the first time, calling it "a joke."
"All these conspiracy theorists don't know anything. The world don't have a clue," Jamie told the New York Post's Page Six. "It's up to the court of California to decide what's best for my daughter. It's no one else's business."
Britney, however, thinks the movement is incredibly valid, and her lawyers even attached a news article about #FreeBritney in the argument, TMZ said.
Britney "welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans," court documents said.
Last year, the "Toxic" singer fanned the #FreeBritney flames when she told a judge that Jamie committed her to a mental health facility against her will and also forced her to take drugs.
Recently, Britney's brother, Bryan Spears, spoke about the conservatorship on the "As NOT Seen on TV" podcast, saying it's "been a great thing for our family, to this point."
"She's always wanted to get out of it. It's very frustrating to have," he said. "Whether someone's coming in peace to help or coming in with an attitude, having someone constantly tell you to do something has got to be frustrating. She's wanted to get out of it for quite some time."
Although Britney and her father used to be very close, their relationship has frayed over the years. According to reports, they've had virtually no contact since he was accused of putting his hands on her teenage son Sean in August 2019. Jamie was later cleared of child abuse charges.