Following a bombshell court appearance, Britney Spears’ long-time court-appointed counsel Samuel D. Ingham III will resign from her conservatorship, as per the documents filed on Tuesday. This comes shortly after the resignation of Spears’ manager, Larry Rudolph.
Ingham, who was court-appointed to represent Spears and has done so for the last thirteen years, was reportedly upset after hearing her virtual testimony to a judge last month, where she shared, publicly, her desire for the conservatorship to end and for her father, Jamie Spears, to stop controlling her personal choices and communications.
TMZ was the first to represent the news of Ingham’s resignation. As per TMZ, Ingham had regularly given the 39-year-old pop singer options, including that she could request for the conservatorship end – but in her 20-minute testimony, she emphasized that she didn’t know she could petition for it to end.
A recent report also noted that Ingham would report on Spears’ activities and movements and suggested that he may have been more loyal to her father than to the conservatorship. Spears covers his annual salary of $520,000.
Benny Roshan, chair of Greenberg Glusker’s trusts and probate litigation group, recently speculated that Ingham may announce his resignation due to Spears’ dissatisfaction. As he explained, ‘If Britney really wants new counsel, and she tells enough people, there is a possibility that Ingham may consider it wise to resign and end on a high note rather than being removed by a court order’.
Financial form Bessamer Trust, which was appointed as Spears’ co-conservator, also recently requested to resign from the role, quoting her desire for the conservatorship to stop.