Framing Britney Spears documentary asks why star is still under conservatorship

Britney Spears’ conservatorship will be explored in a new documentary produced by the New York Times.

The trailer for Framing Britney Spears has been released by FX, teasing a look into the #FreeBritney movement and the controversial conservatorship the pop icon has been under since 2008.

In the trailer, talking heads discuss the ‘fascination’ with Britney’s ‘unravelling’, around her much-publicised breakdown in the late noughties.

It is asked: ‘Any time there’s that amount of money to be made, you have to question the motives of everyone.

‘Why is her dad making all of her decisions? Why is she still in this?’

Shots of protesters outside of court are seen and heard chanting ‘Free Britney’ at the end of the trailer.

The announcement for Framing Britney Spears read: ‘The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears re-examines her career and offers a new assessment of the movement rallying against her court-mandated conservatorship, capturing the unsavory dimensions of the American pop-star machine.’

New York Times journalists Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick and Stephanie Preiss teamed with Left/Right’s Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, and Mary Robertson on for the show, which will air on FX and FX on Hulu on February 5.

Britney’s assets have been under the control of her father Jamie ever since 2008, when the Toxic singer was put on a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold and had visitation rights to her children Sean and Jayden suspended. 

Under the arrangement, Britney’s father and a lawyer have the legal right to oversee and make decisions regarding Britney’s finances, health, business deals, and personal life.

However, the 39-year-old has requested in court that her father be removed as her co-conservator, and her attorney said that the popstar was ‘afraid’ of Jamie and will not perform again while Jamie is in charge of her career. 

A corporate fiduciary, the Bessemer Trust, has also been appointed as co-conservator over her estate along with her father, as per Britney’s request.  

However, in documents, Britney argued that her dad had no intention of working with the Bessemer Trust and wanted ‘to retain full functional control of her assets, books and records in the face of Britney’s objections’. 

The star has argued for her longtime care manager Jodi Montgomery to be made her permanent conservator, after she briefly replaced Jamie last year.

At a remote hearing last month, a judge extended the conservatorship until September 3, 2021, when Jamie’s handling of his daughter’s assets over the past year will be reviewed.

Framing Britney Spears premieres on FX on February 5. 

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