Britney Spears is one of those celebrities that can leave people with some polarizing views for and against her during the span of her career from past to present since she started in the revival of The Mickey Mouse Club back in the early 1990’s. We’ve seen her rise as a singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Nicknamed “The Princess of Pop”, it seemed that the sky was never the limit – until she hit some rough patches that literally sent her off the rails.
Due to a series of highly publicized personal struggles that most tabloid media hounds have used as entertainment due to being akin to a train wreck, she was later involuntarily placed in a conservatorship. What this means is that under U.S. law, conservatorship is the appointment of a guardian or a protector by a judge or by statute to manage the financial affairs and/or daily life of another person due to old age or physical or mental limitations. And since Spears literally – as the press put it, went of the “rails” – it was deemed a necessary thing to put her under one.
The courts chose her father.
In another bid to try to end her conservatorship, a hearing was held over the phone in an open court session for the first time about her case.
And it was somehow leaked.
In the leaked audio, Spears condemned her father and others who control the conservatorship – calling it an abusive system in which she was drugged and forced to work against her will. She also stated that they also compelled her to use birth control, and prevented her from getting married, or having another child.
Here is a copy of the audio that’s been shared since it went viral:
In her speech, some of allegations citied some instances where there may be alleged witnesses of such instances that aren’t involved in said conservatorship, but as bystanders (like her dancers) that may be eligible to be called upon if the judge (and Spears’s own lawyers) wants to verify everything she has said in that audio.
Some of the more vocal rights group have already believed it to be inhumane when they learned that she was also being forced to use birth control and other means of stopping her from getting pregnant – such as an IUD that was placed allegedly as part of her conservatorship outside of her choice.
For those not in the know; an intrauterine device (IUD) is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic inserted into the uterus to provide birth control in a semi-permanent way as it’s a proxy for forced sterilization without it being complete a one-and-done deal. The 3 types of IUDs that use the hormone progestin include Mirena, Skyla, and Liletta. Skyla is the smallest of the progestin IUDs.
It was not mentioned as to which type of IUD Spears has.
It’s been noted that The United States has a dark history of court-sanctioned sterilization in regards to things, but more recent rulings and legislation suggest it would violate a basic human right. Would Ms. Spears’s fall under such a violation?
Ms. Murray, who teaches reproductive rights and constitutional law at N.Y.U. law school weighed in on her reaction to the audio and pointed to one other unnerving element in the allegation by Ms. Spears: she has been under her father’s guardianship for 13 years. That means that Ms. Spears, an adult at almost 40 years old, appeared to be living what Murray believes is a legally constructed “childhood”.