Britney Spears can hire own lawyer in conservatorship case, judge rules

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The singer has expressed a preference to select her own legal team

A Los Angeles judge has said US pop star Britney Spears can choose her own lawyer in the fight to end her controversial conservatorship.

The ruling came on Wednesday as Spears addressed a court for the second time in less than a month.

Spears demanded once again that her father, Jamie Spears, be removed from the legal agreement that has controlled her affairs for years.

In court last month, she made a dramatic plea to end the agreement.

On Wednesday she repeated that appeal in an emotional statement in which she called for her father to be charged with “conservatorship abuse”.

“I’m here to press charges. I’m angry and I will go there,” Spears said, speaking to the court over a lawyer’s phone.

“You’re allowing my dad to ruin my life. I have to get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse,” she said.

The singer’s supporters rallied outside the court, and also gathered on the other side of the country in central Washington DC as the hearing was being held.

Following the ruling, Spears posted an Instagram video of herself doing cartwheels in celebration with a caption thanking her fans and adding “#FreeBritney”. (BBC)

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