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Britney Spears made a desperate bid for freedom this week.
It was the first time the pop sensation has given direct testimony in the case to have her conservatorship dropped.
Imposed in 2008 amid concerns over Spears's mental health and possible drug abuse, the legal order, normally reserved for the old, disabled or very ill, gives control of her $60 million fortune, medical treatment and other affairs to others.
They include various lawyers and her 68-year-old father Jamie.
For much of that time, Spears has been silent. The vacuum has been filled by media coverage, documentaries and a blizzard of conspiracy theories from fans.
But this week, the 39-year-old mum of two spoke for more than 20 minutes. She said she had been drugged, controlled, forced to perform live, watched constantly and even prevented from removing a contraceptive intrauterine device.
Here are her most controversial claims…
'He loved the control'
Britney says from the moment the conservatorship took hold, it enabled her father to seize control of everything and he started to rule her with blackmail and fear.
She said: "The control he had over someone as powerful as me – he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000 per cent. He loved it.
"My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship and my management who played a huge role in punishing me… they should be in jail."
'I was watched and made to work against my will'
Britney compared her living conditions to that of a sex slave.
She said: "In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking. Making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away – credit card, cash, phone, passport – and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them.
"They all lived in the house with me, the nurses, the 24-7 security. They watched me change every day – naked – morning, noon and night. My body – I had no privacy door for my room.
"If I didn't do any of my meetings and work from 8am to 6pm, I wouldn't be able to see my kids or my boyfriend. I never had a say in my schedule.
"I've lied and told the whole world, 'I'm OK and I'm happy.' I thought just maybe if I said that enough maybe I might become happy, because I've been in denial. But now I'm telling you the truth, OK? I'm not happy."
'I'm not allowed to have my IUD removed'
Britney has been dating male model Sam Asghari, 27, since 2016 after meeting him on the set of a pop video.
She said: "I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I have an IUD (intrauterine device contraceptive) inside of myself right now so I don't get pregnant.
"I wanted to take the (IUD) out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won't let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don't want me to have children – any more children."
'My family lies about me to the press'
In November 2020, Jamie's legal team said his 'sole motivation' was 'unconditional love for his daughter and a fierce desire to protect her from those trying to take advantage of her'.
But Britney fiercely contests her father's claims.
She said: "I would honestly like to sue my family. I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them. I've been so angry and I cry every day."
She accuses her father and family of 'telling lies about me openly' – perpetuating the image of her as someone who is mentally unwell.
"Even my family, they do interviews to anyone they want on news stations and I can't say one thing," she said.
'I was forced to perform in Vegas'
In October 2018, Britney announced a new residency in Vegas called Domination.
It was obvious from the launch event that there were issues. She didn't dance or sing and appeared to be assisted by minders."
It was announced in January 2019 that the residency had been cancelled, with reports suggesting this was happening because Britney wasn't taking her medication.
Britney told the court: "I'd been doing Vegas for four years and I needed a break. But no, I was told this is the timeline and this is how it's going to go.
"I rehearsed four days a week. I was basically directing most of the show. I taught my dancers my new choreography myself. I take everything I do very seriously. I wasn't good – I was great.
"Yet they all said I wasn't participating in rehearsals and I never agreed to take my medication – my medication is only taken in the mornings, never at rehearsal. They don't even see me. So why are they even claiming that?"
'I was forced to go to rehab'
Britney says after the Vegas fallout, she was made to go to rehab where she was put on the strong anti-psychotic medication Lithium.
"It's very, very strong and completely different medication compared to what I was used to," she said.
"I felt drunk. I couldn't even have a conversation with my mum or dad really about anything. I was scared. They wouldn't let me get in my car to go anywhere for a month.
"Not only did my family not do a goddamn thing, my dad was all for it. A lady came into my home for four hours a day, sat me down and did a psych test on me.
"Then after, I got a phone call from my dad, basically saying I'd failed the test: 'I'm sorry, Britney, you have to listen to your doctors. They're planning to send you to a small home in Beverly Hills to do a small rehab programme we're going to make up for you. You're going to pay $60,000 a month for this.' I cried on the phone for an hour and he loved every minute of it."
'I'm forced to attend therapy three times a week'
Britney revealed she is still obliged to undergo therapy three times a week with people who she complains she doesn't know.
"I actually know I do need a little therapy," she said. "But it takes too much out of me going to this man I don't know. Number one, I'm scared of people. I don't trust people with what I've been through.
"I have trapped phobias being in small rooms because of the trauma, locking me up for four months in that place (rehab). It's not OK for them to send me to that small room twice a week with another new therapist that I pay that I never even approved. I don't like it."
'I didn't know I could fight back'
Britney has always had the power to end the conservatorship if she files a petition to do so, but the pop star claims she didn't know she could.
"I'm sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn't know that," she told the court. "I was told I have to sit down and be evaluated, again, if I want to end the conservatorship.
"But I don't think I owe anyone to be evaluated. I've done more than enough. I don't feel like I should even be in the room with anyone to offend me by trying to question my capacity of intelligence.
"I don't owe these people anything… it's embarrassing and demoralising what I've been through, and that's the main reason I've never said it openly. I honestly don't think anyone would believe me. I thought people would make fun of me or laugh at me.
"I just want my life back. And it's been 13 years. And it's enough. It's been a long time since I've owned my money. And it's my wish and my dream for all of this to end without being tested.
"I'm not willing to meet or see anyone. I've met with enough people against my will."
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