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Here Are the 7 Biggest Revelations From Britney Spears’ Court Hearing

Written by on June 25, 2021

Britney Spears directly addressed an open court Wednesday (June 23) for the first time in 13 years since she entered into a conservatorship that controlled her life and career.

In her 20-minute testimony, the 39-year-old singer gave a harrowing account to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny, arguing how her family and management has been taking advantage of her for years and exploiting her situation for their own financial gain. The pop star even likened her “abusive” experience to being sex trafficked, and made it crystal clear that she wishes to put an end to her conservatorship.

“I am not here to be anyone’s slave,” she stated.

Spears — whose court appearance was remote due to COVID-19 — knew fans would be supporting her after she subtly addressed the #FreeBritney movement, which received an enormous amount of support following the release of The New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears in February — in a Sept. 3 court filing. In that document, she adamantly argued for transparency in her case after filing an unprecedented objection to a motion from her father to seal a filing in the case. “The world is watching,” read her filing.

And indeed, the world was watching: More than 1 million tweets about Spears were shared on Twitter in 24 hours, the platform’s reps shared after her Wednesday hearing.

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