A judge has suspended Britney Spears’ father James “Jamie” Spears from the conservatorship that has controlled her personal and professional life for 13 years, The New York Times reports. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny, who granted Britney Spears’ lawyer’s petition, said: “The current situation is not tenable. It reflects a toxic environment which requires the suspension of Jamie Spears effective today.”
Jamie Spears and his attorney, Mathew Rosengart, petitioned to give up his role as conservator earlier this month. Spears announced he would be stepping down from the arrangement in August, saying that while there are no legal grounds for his removal, he is willing to cooperate with the court on a transition. Britney’s ongoing battle to be free from her conservatorship gained widespread traction earlier this year following documentaries and podcasts focusing on her story and the #FreeBritney movement.