Sep 17, 2020
Britney Spears’ mom Lynne attends conservatorship hearing as singer fights dad Jamie in court for control of estate
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BRITNEY Spears’ latest conservatorship hearing was attended by both her mom, Lynne, and dad, Jamie, as the family continues to battle for control over the singer’s estate.
The 38-year-old pop star was not part of the meeting that was held virtually from a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday, The Sun can reveal.10Britney's mom, Lynne, attended her daughter's latest court hearing Credit: Getty - Contributor 10Britney continues to battle with her father over her ongoing conservatorship Credit: Refer to Caption
While Britney was absent, the music icon’s parents - along with multiple lawyers - video-conferenced in front of the judge.
Lynne - who divorced Jamie in 2002 - did not speak throughout the 30-minute hearing, except to confirm she was there to observe.
The mom-of-three and her ex-husband are said to be at odds about how to control their famous daughter’s affairs as Jamie pushes to retain control of Britney’s estate.
However, Judge Penny deferred any ruling on appointing a new conservator and unsealing any legal documents until the next hearing on November 10.10Britney's father has controlled her estate since 2008Credit: Getty Images - Getty 10Lynne and Jamie - who also share son Bryan and daughter Jamie Lynn - divorced in 2002Credit: Getty Images
A ruling on who will ultimately run her conservatorship is not expected until the new year.
Family patriarch, Jamie wants attorney Andrew Wallet - who resigned from the role a year ago with a $100,000 payout - to be the new co-conservator in charge of his daughter’s finances and other affairs, the court papers state.
However, the mother-of-two has previously attempted - and lost - to remove her father and the lawyers from the conservatorship in court.
The hit maker has requested her conservatorship be taken over by the independent Bessemer Trust, based in New York, according to legal docs.10The singer's father wants to remain co-conservator along with an attorney Credit: AFP - Getty 10However, Britney requested a private firm in NY handle her estate Credit: Refer to Caption
Britney - who has not released an album in four years - has also said in recent court filings obtained by The Sun that she will not perform again until these legal matters are sorted out.
The hearing on Wednesday showed Jamie’s attorney, Geraldine Wyle, objecting attempts by Britney to release sealed info about her conservatorship.
“Ms. Spears should be certain that what is being waived and what is being made public could be used to do her harm,” the lawyer told the judge about papers detailing her medical and family history.
Britney’s finances and assets have been controlled by the conservatorship since her 2008 mental breakdown.10The singer did not attend the meeting held from an LA court on Wednesday Credit: Getty Images - Getty 10The star's mother did not speak during the 30 minute conference callCredit: Getty - Contributor
Fans of the pop icon are furious she remains under the conservatorship 12 years later and have started a worldwide movement demanding her freedom.
Around 50 protestors from the #FreeBritney campaign chanted their support for the star outside of her latest hearing.
Other fans gathered online from all over the globe at the same time to show their support.
Free Britney organizer Dustin Strand, 28, who traveled hundreds of miles from Phoenix, AZ, said her fans want the conservatorship to end and for the “excessive” payments to the star’s lawyers to stop.10Fans of the singer continue to demand her freedom Credit: Getty Images - Getty 10Over 50 protesters gathered outside of the LA courtroom to chant their support Credit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in CelebrityOFF THE WALLKanye West builds WALL around LA home as marriage to Kim Kardashian crumbles'BLESSED'Alaskan Bush People star Bear's son turns 6 months old as he still hasn't met himkate plus hateKate claims Jon is 'violent & abusive' after Collin alleged he 'kicked' himNEW AGE, NEW LOOK!Mama June's daughter Alana looks grown up with new haircut on birthdayMEET SOPHIE!Alaskan Bush People's Gabe Brown & wife Raquell reveal newborn daughter SophieNAKED & UNAFRAID MBFFL's Whitney goes completely nude after ex-fiance shows off new baby
He yelled as he spoke in front of dozens of chanting Free Britney protestors: “Fans are coming together from all over the world now to support her in this fight.
“We have Britney’s support, too. We know she wants this to end because she made reference to us in recent court filings.”
He continued: “Lawyers are taking excessive amounts from her week in, week out and it has to stop.
“We believe she does want to perform again but she wants to do it her own way.”Britney Spears’ brother says she’s ‘always wanted to get out of the conservatorship’ as #FreeBritney movement rages on
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Civil rights groups accuse real estate firm of preying on poor homeowners
Leading civil rights groups are accusing a Michigan real estate firm that bought and resold dilapidated houses in the state of misleading mostly low-income homebuyers about the properties' condition.
In a class-action lawsuit filed this week, lawyers for the NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union allege that Vision Property Management violated fair housing, consumer protection and civil rights laws, claiming that the firm targeted people "who had been unable to obtain the dream of homeownership." The houses Vision purchased are in predominantly Black neighborhoods in Detroit, Flint and Inkster.
More specifically, the suit alleges that Vision misled potential homebuyers into believing they could purchase a home through a seven-year contract when in reality the company was ensnaring them in 20- to 30-year payment plans. As a result, the plaintiffs' lawyers argue, some homebuyers were shocked to discover that the payments they had been making for years were only for interest and hadn't made a dent in the principal balance.Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox
"Some homebuyers recalled being told that, after 84 payments, the house would be theirs and that they would have the deed to the property free and clear after seven years," the ACLU said in court documents. "Others recalled that Vision's sales pitch made them believe their full monthly payment was going toward the purchase price and that they would have finished paying for the home by the seven-year mark."
Efforts to contact a spokesperson at Vision were unsuccessful. FTE Networks, a New York-based real estate investment company, bought Vision last December. FTE Networks did not respond to a request for comment.Poorly maintained homes
The suit said many homes Vision sold had "torn-out electrical wiring, missing or non-functioning appliances, missing or damaged plumbing, missing toilets" and other problems — defects that allegedly were kept hidden from homebuyers.Trending News
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"Some homes have floors that are collapsing or roofs that leak badly," the ACLU said. "Many have raw sewage backing up in the home because of plumbing lines in need of a significant overhaul."
Vision's business practices drew national attention four years ago when a Baltimore family suffered lead poisoning while living in a house owned by the firm. The following year, the late U.S. House Rep. Elijah Cummings pushed for an investigation and asked Vision how many other homes it owned in Baltimore. A subsequent probe found that Vision had bought thousands of foreclosed homes from Fannie Mae.
Fannie Mae later announced it would stop selling homes to Vision.
Vision also came under fire last year when New York state officials sued the company, alleging similar predatory business practices. Attorney General Letitia James said Vision "trapped New Yorkers in mold-infested, dilapidated homes and wrongfully placed the onus on consumers to pay the price."
The company later settled for $600,000 and gave deeds to the families living in the Vision-owned homes. Vision also has settled fair housing lawsuits against accusers in Ohio and Wisconsin as well.