Britney Spears Has Been Invited to Congress to Testify on Conservatorship

Britney Spears was invited to Congress to testify about her yearslong conservatorship, according to a post on the pop star’s Instagram.

In the post, Spears doesn’t say whether she will accept the invitation from Florida Representative Charlie Crist and California Representative Eric Swalwell. Spears was congratulated by the Democrats in a December 1, 2021 letter. It included a congratulations note from Matthew Rosengart and Spears’ lawyer. Spears was freed from conservatorship in November 12 by a judge. This ends the agreement which allowed her father and courts to manage her $60 million estate and her personal life for more than 10 years.
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“I was immediately flattered and at the time I wasn’t nearly at the healing stage I’m in now,” Spears wrote. “In the mean time thank you to Congress for inviting me to the White House.”

Swalwell, Crist, and Swalwell point out in their letter that Spears was allegedly incapable of hiring her own counsel and made to work against her will. Spears is asked to tell them her story in her own words.

“There is no doubt that your story will empower countless others outside the millions that are already inspired by you and your art,” they wrote.

The November issue videoSpears, 40 posted to social media that she was using her almost 14-year experience to inspire change. She also thanked fans who used the #FreeBritney hashtag to amplify her situation when she couldn’t.

“I’m here to be an advocate for people with real disabilities and real illnesses,” she said. “I’m a very strong woman so I can only imagine what the system has done to those people. Hopefully, my story will make an impact and make some changes in the corrupt system.”

According to the National Council on Disability’s 2018 report, there are approximately 1.3 million conservatorship or guardianship cases currently in place. This affects assets valued at $50 billion. It’s difficult to establish a firm number because of the various ways states record individual cases makes, according to Brenda Uekert, the director at the Center for Elders and the Court, which works on judiciary issues related to aging.

Spears’ case pushed conservatorship into the spotlight. From Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz in Florida, to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts and Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom, politicians have spoken out about changing laws governing these types of arrangements.


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