Lawmakers call for the end of abusive guardianships following Spears news
Reps. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) celebrated the news Thursday that pop icon Britney Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, has agreed to step down from her conservatorship, but added that there is more to be done to protect Americans from abusive guardianships.
News broke on Thursday evening that Jamie Spears agreed to step down from the conservatorship of his daughter’s estate following shocking testimony in June from Britney Spears who said that she would like to “sue her family.”
Britney Spears’s attorney earlier this month filed a motion in court to remove Jamie Spears from her conservatorship.
Both Crist and Mace hailed the pop star’s victory in her 13-year legal battle to end her conservatorship.
“It’s clear the mounting public pressure from countless human rights organizations and Britney supporters fighting to #FreeBritney caused Jamie Spears to step down,’ Mace said in the statement.
Crist echoed her sentiment, saying, “This is a very positive development in Britney Spears’ fight for her freedom – but sadly there are thousands more trapped in abusive guardianships.”
Both lawmakers then called for the passage of the Freedom and Right to Emancipate from Exploitation (FREE) Act, also known as the Free Britney Act. The bipartisan legislation introduced by Crist and Mace is designed to protect Americans under guardianship and conservatorship from abuse and exploitation.
Among the protections, the bill would provide would the giving those with conservators the right to petition for a new one and give each case an independent party who would monitor for abuse.
“We must redouble our efforts to provide them a pathway to freedom by making the FREE Act law,” Crist said.
Mace concluded the statement by saying she is “glad to shine a light on this important issue in hopes of saving vulnerable persons throughout our country.”