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Britney Spears asks powerhouse ex-prosecutor Mathew Rosengart to help her finally win freedom

Patrick Kelleher July 12, 2021
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Britney Spears attends the 4th Hollywood Beauty Awards on 25 February 2018 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

Britney Spears has reportedly asked legal powerhouse Mathew Rosengart to represent her in her bid to end her conservatorship.

Rosengart, a well-known Hollywood lawyer and former prosecutor, will ask a Los Angeles court on Wednesday (14 July) for permission to take over as Britney Spears’ counsel, a source close to the case told The New York Times.

The singer has reportedly been in discussions with Rosengart in recent days after her court-appointed lawyer Samuel Ingham III tendered his resignation.

Sources familiar with the matter say Britney Spears wants to pursue a more “aggressive” legal strategy in order to have her conservatorship – which has allowed her father significant control over her life for more than a decade – terminated.

Rosengart has had a long and glowing legal career, starting with a stint as a law clerk for former New Hampshire state judge David Souter, who went on to become a Supreme Court judge.

He later worked as a federal prosecutor for the Justice Department in the 1990s before embarking on a private legal career.

Since then, he has represented a number of high-profile figures, including Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg and Kenneth Lonergan.

Britney Spears’ court-appointed lawyer resigned following her explosive testimony

The news comes just weeks after Britney Spears spoke out against her conservatorship during a virtual appearance at a Los Angeles court.

In a 20-minute long speech, the signer said the legal arrangement was abusive, claiming that the conservatorship had stopped her from having children and from marrying her boyfriend Sam Asghari.

She also hit out at Ingham, who was appointed as her attorney by the court in 2008, claiming she never knew she could ask to have the conservatorship terminated.

“I’m sorry for my ignorance but I honestly didn’t know that,” Spears told a Los Angeles judge.

“My attorney says I can’t – it’s not good, I can’t let the public know anything they did to me.”

She added: “He told me I should keep it to myself, really.”

Sources close to Ingham said he was “extremely upset” at her comments in court, adding that he “regularly gave Britney options, including requesting that the conservatorship should end, but she never wanted to pull the plug”.

Last Tuesday (6 July), Ingham filed paperwork confirming his resignation from the case.

If Rosengart is granted permission by the court to take over Spears’ case, it could signal a dramatic change in direction for the complex legal battle.

Spears has asked that she be freed from the legal arrangement without a medical evaluation – however, it is not yet clear if such a request will be granted.

 

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