Jamie Spears, Britney Spears’ father, is being chastised by Britney’s lawyer.

During the ongoing legal battle to end Britney Spears’ conservatorship, her lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, has reportedly spoken out against the singer’s father, Jamie Spears. According to TMZ, Rosengart slammed Jamie, describing him as a “reported alcoholic and gambling addict.” Jamie made the comments after Roisengart’s proposed temporary replacement for Spears’ conservator, PA John Zabel, was challenged in court. Jamie claimed in legal documents that Zabel is unqualified to be Spears’ new conservator. Rosengart, on the other hand, refuted the claim, claiming that Zabel is a “highly regarded, nationally recognized, award-winning CPA with an impeccable record of serving in positions of trust.”

He went on to say that Jamie’s father has “zero financial background or experience in financial matters, who previously filed for bankruptcy, and who currently has a Domestic Violence Restraining Order in effect against him.” Jamie’s request for fees from him and his lawyers was also challenged by Rosengart, who claimed Jamie had engaged in “abuse of his daughter (apparently dating back to her childhood) and the dissipation of Estate assets.” He also alluded to reports that Jamie had hidden recording equipment in Britney Spears’ room. Jamie has been his daughter’s conservator for 13 years, and he was the one who had her placed under the legally binding order in 2008 after she suffered a public mental and emotional breakdown.

Spears has become more vocal about her ordeal in recent months, and she has repeatedly requested that Jamie be removed as her conservator. Jamie has agreed to step down after pressure from his daughter and the public. Jamie stated, through his lawyer, that he does not believe there are “actual grounds for suspending or removing” him, according to Variety. Despite the fact that he believes “a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests,” he chooses to do so because of the “public battle with his daughter.”

“However, even though Mr. Spears is the unrelenting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continued service as her conservator would be in her best interests,” Jamie’s attorney added. “Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal,” the filing continued. Mr. Spears had been working on such a transition with Ms. Spears’ former court-appointed counsel, Sam Ingham, before Ms. Spears’ new attorney arrived, as the Court has likely deduced.

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