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Britney Spears’s father removed from her conservatorship

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Britney Spears’s father will no longer head up her conservatorship after being suspended by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, according to multiple Wednesday reports.

The ouster of Jamie Spears is the latest turn in a 13-year legal arrangement that the pop star had ripped as “abusive.”

John Zabel, a certified public accountant, will serve as a temporary replacement as conservator of Spears’s estate, Judge Brenda Penny ruled on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s court hearing marked the latest twist in the ongoing high-profile case, which has drawn national attention and increased scrutiny to legal conservatorships. The 39-year-old “Toxic” singer has been under a conservatorship controlled by her father since 2008, following public mental health struggles.

Mathew Rosengart, the Grammy Award winner’s attorney, reportedly called Wednesday for Penny to suspend Jamie Spears as conservator and appoint Zabel. The motivation behind the move is believed to be so a new conservator would have access to years of records and documents, which could shed light on Spears’s case.

The court did not rule on whether the conservatorship can be ended entirely, which the pop star also seeks.

Earlier this week, Spears’s attorney accused her father of crossing “unfathomable lines” by allegedly hiring a security firm that captured audio recordings of his daughter from her bedroom and interacting with her children and now-fiancé.

A lawyer for Jamie Spears, who last month agreed to step down as conservator of his daughter’s estate, said in a statement to The New York Times that all of his actions were “well within the parameters of the authority conferred upon him by the court.”

In explosive remarks before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge in June, Spears called the 13-year conservatorship “abusive” and “traumatizing.” Spears claimed she faced a laundry list of horrors, including being forced to get an IUD and to take medication against her wishes.

In the wake of Spears’s legal battle, several lawmakers have focused their efforts on examining conservatorships.

In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on toxic conservatorships earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, “I count myself emphatically in the ‘Free Britney’ camp.”

—Updated at 6:38 p.m.

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