The Long Fight to ‘Free Britney
Britney Spears hasn’t been able to fully live her own life for 13 years, stuck in a court-sanctioned conservatorship. “Framing Britney Spears,” a documentary by The New York Times, examines what the public might not know about the pop star’s court battle for control of her estate.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” Britney Spears’s court-appointed lawyer told a judge in November. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”
The career of one of music’s biggest superstars — and her life, in some ways — is at a standstill.
The country was enthralled with Spears in the 1990s as she suddenly ascended to global superstardom. Then the public seemed to relish watching her personal struggles, turning her life into fodder for late-night talk show zingers, sensationalist interviewers and a thriving tabloid magazine industry.
That was a long time ago. These days, Spears is enduring a stranger, and maybe even darker chapter: She lives under a court-sanctioned conservatorship, her rights curtailed. She is not in control of the fortune she earned as a performer.
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