- 07 Jul 21
The request comes barely a day after Spears' longtime manager also resigned.
Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham III has asked the courts to remove him from her conservatorship.
According to court documents filed Tuesday with the Los Angeles Superior Court, "Samuel D. Ingham III hereby resigns as court-appointed counsel for Britney Jean Spears, conservatee, effective upon the appointment of new court-appointed counsel."
His request comes on the heels of the resignation of Spears' longtime manager Larry Randolph on Monday, who cited the pop-star's intention to 'officially retire' as his reason for stepping down after 25 years, and after a New Yorker article published last week detailed even more allegations of mistreatment of Spears at the hands of her father Jamie Spears.
Ingham has acted as Spears' court appointed representation in her conservatorship since she was put under it in 2008. Since her testimony on June 23rd, serious questions have been raised over his role in keeping Spears under an incredibly restrictive and 'abusive' legal hold.
Spears' testimony was the first time she has ever spoken freely and publicly about her 13 year conservatorship. She described how she had been forced to perform and to take medication against her wishes, that she wasn't permitted to remove her IUD and called her conservatorship is 'abusive'.
She detailed how Ingham had discouraged her from speaking out about the conservatorship and cited it as one reason why she wants to select her own representation.
“He told me I should keep it to myself,” Spears said. “I know I’ve … grown a personal relationship with Sam, my lawyer. I’ve been talking to him like three times a week now. We’ve kind of built a relationship, but I haven’t really had the opportunity … to actually handpick my own lawyer by myself. And I would like to be able to do that.”
She also told the judge she was completely unaware she had the power to formally file to end the conservatorship, raising questions over whether Ingham has been acting in Spears best interests, or even at a minimum, keeping her informed of her legal rights under the conservatorship.
As her court-appointed lawyer, Ingham has made millions since he was appointed in 2008. According to court documents, he charges $475 an hour for his services, a fee which is paid for by Spears' estate.
Along with the resignation of Ingham and Randolph, the firm acting as Spears financial co-conservator alongside Jamie Spears has also asked to be removed from the conservatorship.
Bessemer Trust, a professional wealth management firm, filed the request on July 1st due to 'changed circumstances'. Court documents state that they believed Spears was under the conservatorship voluntarily, but they had "become aware that the Conservatee objects to the continuance of her Conservatorship and desires to terminate the conservatorship".
Since expressing her desire to have it ended, Ingham has not filed any formal petition to terminate the conservatorship on Spears behalf. His request to resign however may explain this delay.
A request Ingham filed in November asking to remove Jamie Spears from the conservatorship entirely was formally denied on June 30th, however this decision had been made prior to her testimony and did not account for it.
It's not yet known who Spears' new court appointed lawyer will be, whether she will be allowed any say in choosing who it is, or when they will be taking over from Ingham.
The next court hearing for Spears' case is scheduled for July 14th.