In September, Jamie Spears was suspended as the custodian of her daughter’s estate.
Britney Spears’ aunt, Leigh Ann Spears Rather, shares her thoughts on her half-brother, Jamie Spears, who had been serving as her mentor for 13 years.
Rather called Jamie’s actions “barbaric” in an interview with good morning uk on Friday. She said she feels that Jamie “caged” and “manipulated” her niece and should be “held accountable” for her actions.
“[Jamie’s] Who’s going to do this to a barbarian? It was only manipulated and used. And he wants to say that he protected her? He took her captive,” Rather said on a British news show.
“She swooped in at the right time, when she was most vulnerable to take control,” he said, referring to Britney’s public breakdown in 2007 that put the pop star under a mentor in 2008.
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The 54-year-old family member also said he believes Jamie “gained” from taking control of his daughter’s life decisions and career.
“I don’t think he was the hero. I think he manipulated the situation and he has benefited from the situation for over a decade,” Rather continued.
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When asked how Brittany feels about the stereotype, Rather claimed, “She wants to move out. She wants to be away from Jamie. She wants to be free. She wants to get married – she wants to have kids.” wants to do.”
In September a judge ruled that Jamie is to be suspended from his 13-year guardianship. The judge also ordered all of Brittany’s assets to be handed over to a court-appointed temporary custodian – a certified public accountant named John Zabel.
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“The suspension is in the best interest of Britney Spears,” Judge Brenda Penney told the court collectively. “The current situation is not fair,” she said.
Brittany’s lawyer, former federal prosecutor Matthew Rosengart, did not mince words in the pop star’s defense and told the court that Jamie should have been removed long ago as the custodian of her assets.
Rosengart said that Britney “wants, needs and deserves an orderly transition” and further argued that the singer “has been abused by this man for the past decade and from his childhood.”
“Britney Spears testified under oath about James Spears’ cruelty and toxic presence in her life,” he told the judge. “There is a mountain of evidence mandating his suspension.”
Jamie’s reps did not immediately return Granthshala News’ request for comment.
Granthshala News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.