Britney Spears receives invitation from congress to speak about conservatories

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Britney Spears invited by Congress to speak on conservatories
Britney Spears invited by Congress to speak about conservatories (Photo Credit – Instagram)

Pop star Britney Spears and her lawyer Mathew Rosengart have been invited by Congress to speak on child custody and conservatory.

The scope of Capitol Hill follows Spears’ recent legal victory – the singer was released from a 13-year conservatory in November 2021.

In a letter dated December 1, 2021, the singer was addressed by congressmen Charlie Crist and Eric Swalwell, who congratulated Britney Spears and her lawyer on their “historic victories,” variété.com reports.

“It goes without saying that we have been following your conservatory closely and were delighted that in September you were able to remove both your father and years of conservatory and finally terminate your conservatory completely in November,” Crist and Swalwell wrote.

“Your journey to justice will inspire and empower many others who are inappropriately silenced by the conservatorship process.”

On Wednesday, Britney Spears posted the letter to her Instagram, telling her followers that she had received it months ago and was “immediately flattered” but not yet in the “healing phase” she is now in.

“I am grateful that my story was even recognized,” the pop star wrote to her social media followers on Wednesday. “The letter made me feel heard and like I mattered for the first time in my life!!!”

“In a world where your own family is against you, it’s actually hard to find people who understand and show empathy!!!!” Britney Spears continued on Instagram. “Again, I am not here to be a victim, although I am the first to admit that I am quite confused by it…I want to help others in vulnerable situations, take life by the balls and be brave to be!!! I wish I…”

“I was so scared and nothing is worse than having your own family do what they did to me…I’m lucky to have a small circle of adorable friends I can count on.”

Britney Spears finished her caption, writing, “In the meantime, thanks to Congress for inviting me to the White House.”

A person close to the pop star tells Variety that Spears and Rosengart have been formally invited by Congress to testify. No word on whether they have plans to show up at this time.

In the letter, congressmen noted that Spears was reportedly forced to work against her own will while under receivership — something Spears brought to the court’s attention when she testified in June 2021 and told Judge Brenda Penny that she was forced to perform when she didn’t want to tour.

Congressmen also wrote that Britney Spears was unable to choose her own attorney for most of her conservatorship. (After more than a decade of working with a court-appointed attorney, Spears was granted the right to seek her own counsel in the summer of 2021, about a month after she testified publicly about the “abuse of the trustee” that she said she had undergone, and she hired Rosengart.)

“Much about issues common in the custody and custody process have been brought to light,” the congressmen wrote in their letter to Britney Spears.

“Particularly troubling was the news that for years you were unable to hire your own lawyer to represent your personal and financial interests. Other issues surrounding the initial petition, the ultimate sustainability of the conservatory, and being forced to work against your will are all equally worrisome.”

“Therefore,” the letter continues, “we wanted to personally invite you and your counsel to meet with us in Congress at a mutually beneficial time to describe in your own words how you achieved justice. There is no doubt that you story will empower countless others beyond the millions who have already been inspired by you and your art.

“Please know that you have absolutely no obligation to do anything but fight for yourself, but if you are willing, we would appreciate learning more about the emotional and financial turmoil you faced with the conservatory system.”

Spears’ conservatory was closed after more than 13 years. In September, before the court ended it, Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, was suspended from the conservatory he had run since 2007 when his famous daughter was placed under the court-ordered settlement.

This isn’t the first time Spears has drawn the attention of politicians, hoping to use the pop star’s story to change legislation.

Over the past decade, but especially in the last year, Spears’ story has sparked international interest, sparking conversations about conservatories. Prior to her lawsuit and the #FreeBritney movement, most people didn’t know what a conservatorship was, but Spears’ worldwide fame has educated the public about conservatorships – and the abuses – within the system.

Currently, Spears’ legal battle continues, with both sides arguing over finances.

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