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FREE AT LAST! BRITNEY’S DAD DUMPED FROM ’TOXIC’ ROLE

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LOS ANGELES: Britney Spears’ father has been removed from his controvers­ial role as his daughter’s guardian by a Los Angeles judge, ending a long and bitter legal battle by the pop princess. Jamie Spears was suspended with immediate effect and replaced with a temporary conservato­r “in the best interests” of the singer, said Judge Brenda Penny, calling the present arrangemen­t “untenable”.

She also ordered Mr Spears to turn over all the conservato­rship assets. Britney’s father has controlled her life for the past 13 years, under a legal arrangemen­t the 39-year-old US singer has slammed as “abusive”. The ruling on Thursday came after a years-long campaign that played out in public, and after the emergence in the past week of two new powerful documentar­ies featuring allegation­s Mr Spears bugged Britney’s phone calls. Dozens of fans had gathered outside the court ahead of the hearing, many carrying colourful signs with slogans such as “Jail Jamie” and “Free Britney” – the plea that has been taken up around the world by her supporters on social media. The singer’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, described her father as “cruel, toxic and abusive”. “Britney deserves to wake up tomorrow without her father as her conservato­r,” he said. “It is what my client wants, it is what my client needs, it is what my client deserves”. Britney’s fiance Sam Asghari reacted to the ruling on Instagram, posting: “FREE BRITNEY! CONGRATULA­TIONS !!!!!!!!! ”

 ?? ?? Britney Spears finally has a reason to smile as she is free of her father (inset with the singer); and (inset below right) her fans celebrate outside the courthouse. Pictures: AFP FilmMagic
Britney Spears finally has a reason to smile as she is free of her father (inset with the singer); and (inset below right) her fans celebrate outside the courthouse. Pictures: AFP FilmMagic

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