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Britney Spears to Speak Out in Court Regarding Conservatorship

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Britney Spears requested to speak in court on Wednesday, June 23, concerning her 13-year conservatorship. This is the first time Spears will speak about it publicly since it began in 2008.

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  • Spears has not been in charge of her personal life or finances under the conservatorship controlled by her father, James “Jamie” Spears. Typically, a legal and financial conservatorship is arranged for individuals unable to make decisions in their own self-interest, which mostly includes elderly populations or those with cognitive impairments. The exact reasons behind Spears’ conservatorship are unclear. In the 13 years it has lasted, she has released 4 albums, appeared on reality television, and had a Vegas residency that grossed $138 million.
  • The conservatorship controls Spears’ financial, medical, and personal well-being decisions. It also arranges her visitations with her two teenage sons her ex-husband Kevin Federline has custody of. In 2020, with the help of her lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, Spears stated that she opposed her father as conservator and refused to perform until he was removed.
  • LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled in favor of Spears in February to have a third party help look after her financial affairs. Bessemer Trust is now a co-conservator for Spears. A court-appointed professional has also taken over as chief conservator over life choices. While Penny refused to remove Jamie entirely, he now plays a much smaller role.
  • In April, Spears’ legal team asked Penny if she could speak directly to the court and they agreed on June 23 for the date of her virtual appearance. If Penny doesn’t make a last-minute decision to seal the proceedings, this will be Spears’ first open court statement addressing the conservatorship. Previous court filings had been sealed.
  • Fans have speculated for years that Spears was an unwilling participant in her conservatorship. Under the #FreeBritney movement, they have advocated for her to regain her autonomy. While Spears has never voiced a desire publicly for the conservatorship to be removed, The New York Times received access to court records that show she privately disputed it for years.
  • In 2016, an investigator wrote that Spears informed her the conservatorship had turned oppressive. In 2019, Spears told the court she was forced to stay in a mental health facility and perform against her will. Ingham wrote in a September filing that, “At this point in her life when she is trying to regain some measure of personal autonomy, Britney welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans.” Her father and his attorneys believe her and her $50 million fortune are still at risk of fraud and manipulation.
  • When Spears did address the court Wednesday she pleaded for the conservatorship to end. Spears spoke of the traumatizing experience, saying she was barred from getting married or having children. She testified, “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive, but ma’am there are a thousand conservatorships that are abusive as well. I want to end the conservatorship.”

Spears continues to credit the conservatorship for saving her career. When asked in an Instagram Live if she would return to performing after her now 2 and a half year hiatus, Spears said, “I have no idea. I’m having fun right now. I’m in a transition in my life and I’m enjoying myself. So that’s it.”

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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Cardi B and Offset Welcome Their 2nd Child Together, His 5th

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Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday, September 4.

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“9/4/21,” Cardi, 28, captioned a Monday, September 5, Instagram upload, alongside a blue heart emoji.

 

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The couple announced the Grammy winner’s pregnancy in June at the BET Awards. The “WAP” rapper showed her baby bump in a sheer jumpsuit during a joint performance.

The couple welcome Kulture, 3, July 2018. Offset, 29, previously welcomed Jordan, 11, Kody, 6, and Kalea, 6, in previous relationships.

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