BRITNEY Spears' lawyer has suggested the superstar "lacks the mental capacity" to sign documents and compared her to a "comatose patient."
The singer's lawyer, Sam Ingham, made the comments to a judge during a hearing on Wednesday in her conservatorship case.
Britney wants a co-conservator of her estate who will work alongside her sister Jamie Spears.
TMZ reports that during the hearing, the judge began asking questions about Britney's own feelings and whether she would "sign a declaration so there would be a first-hand account of her feelings."
But Ingham alleged that Britney "lacked the capacity to sign a declaration, and likened her to a comatose patient,"
His intention was reportedly to "show she was not capable of signing a legal document," and referenced how "comatose patients can have their lawyers speak for them.
Hearings have been taking place over the last few weeks as Britney seeks to gain come control back over her life.
At one hearing in late September, the 38-year-old pop star was absent but the music icon’s parents – along with multiple lawyers – video-conferenced in front of the judge.
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.
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.
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.
Jamie’s attorney, Geraldine Wyle, has previously objected 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.
Fans of the pop icon are furious she remains under the conservatorship 12 years later and have started a worldwide movement demanding her freedom.
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