Britney Spears wins right to choose own lawyer in conservatorship case

A new attorney has been appointed to represent Britney Spears in her conservatorship case after a hearing Wednesday in which the singer tearfully spoke about how the arrangement has impacted her life.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears hiring former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart to represent her. The ruling was cheered by fans outside the courthouse.

Rosengart requested that Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, step down as her conservator, but that was rejected.

Wednesday marked the second time the pop star has spoke openly at a hearing, at one point calling the acts of the conservatorship that has governed her personal and financial affairs since early 2008 “cruelty.”

Pop star broke down in tears 

She asked that the conservatorship end immediately, but not if she has to go through more “stupid” evaluations.

Spears spoke rapidly while addressing the court, breaking down in tears toward the end of her remarks.

The hearing came three weeks after Spears openly addressed the court for the first time, telling Penny that she was being forced to take medication and use an intrauterine device for birth control, that she was not allowed to marry her boyfriend and that she wanted to control her own money.

WATCH | Last month, Spears asked the court to end conservatorship: 

After years of silence, Britney Spears pleaded with a judge to end her court-appointed conservatorship. The star said it allowed her father to control virtually every aspect of her life. 2:02

“I just want my life back,” Spears told the court on June 23.

The singer’s supporters gathered Wednesday outside the Los Angeles courthouse where the hearing was held, as they have during recent hearings.

Florida congressman Matt Gaetz made a brief appearance addressing the crowd.

“Well, now the whole world knows what Britney Spears wants, and it is the freedom and the liberty that should be offered to every single American. Free Britney!” he shouted.

In Washington, D.C., a group of supporters demonstrated on the National Mall in support of the singer.

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