Judge overseeing Britney Spears' case faces online death threats

Judge overseeing Britney Spears’ case faces online death threats and racial slurs after ruling NOT to axe father from conservatorship immediately

  • This week, Judge Brenda Penny denied Ms Spear’s request to expedite hearing
  • Penny also denied request to suspend her father as the conservator of her estate
  • It has been revealed the judge has since received death threats and racial abuse
  • Spears told fans on Monday that should we be ‘posting less’ on her Instagram account after she was told to be more ‘cautious’ about what she shares 
  • On Friday, Jamie fought back against Britney’s attempts to remove him, and described his daughter as ‘mentally sick’ 
  • The judge overseeing Britney Spears‘ case is facing online death threats and racial slurs after ruling not to suspend her father from conservatorship immediately.

    This week, Judge Brenda Penny denied the 39-year-old singer’s request to expedite a forthcoming hearing in an effort to remove Jamie Spears, 68, from a role in directing the legal arrangement, as petitioned by her lawyer.

    Judge Penny was also the one to deny Ms Spears’ request to immediately suspend Jamie Spears, 68, as her conservator following hearings in June and July.

    This week, Judge Brenda Penny denied Britney Spear's request to expedite the hearing

    This week, Judge Brenda Penny denied Britney Spear's (pictured_ request to expedite the hearing on whether to remove her father - Jamie Spears - as her conservator

    This week, Judge Brenda Penny (left) denied Britney Spear’s (right) request to expedite the hearing on whether to remove her father – Jamie Spears – as her conservator

    Judge Penny was also the one to deny Ms Spears' request to immediately suspend Jamie Spears, 68, as her conservator following hearings in June and July. Pictured: Britney Spears  (right) with her father (left) in 2015

    Judge Penny was also the one to deny Ms Spears’ request to immediately suspend Jamie Spears, 68, as her conservator following hearings in June and July. Pictured: Britney Spears  (right) with her father (left) in 2015

    Ms Spears has the support of a growing, vocal online #freebritney movement, but outrage at the judge’s decision has reached boiling point in recent weeks.

    According to TMZ, Judge Penny – who is Black – was on the receiving end of scores of death threats posted and racial abuse online after the decision.

    Speaking to the news outlet, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said it is monitoring the activity online, and have already seen a number of posts they deemed to be of concern.

    While many of the comments were vague, others were more direct. One user wrote: ‘I have a feeling this judge Brenda Penny is going to have a horrible mysterious death #freebritney.’

    The hashtag #BrendaPennyIsCorrupt was also trending on Twitter following her rulings, and a picture of the judge with ‘CORRUPT’ digitally stamped across her face also went viral online.

    Ms Spears’ life and finances were placed under the strict, court approved control of her father 13 years ago, with the singer finally breaking her silence earlier this year, calling the arrangement abusive and singling Mr Spears out as the main authority.

    The motion to remove Mr Spears as his daughter’s estate’s conservator has the backing of her medical team, her mother and current personal conservator, Jodi Montgomery, who all say it is in the singer’s best interest.

    The latest developments in Spears’ ongoing conservatorship battle means the ‘Toxic’ singer will now have to wait at least a month to potentially be free of her father.  

    The conservatorship will remain in place until a September 29th hearing, along with the eleven other conservatorship matters that are on the Court’s calendar that date.  

    According to TMZ , Judge Penny - who is Black - was on the receiving end of scores of death threats posted and racial abuse online after the decision. Pictured: Some of the comments aimed at Judge Perry in the wake of the decision

    According to TMZ , Judge Penny – who is Black – was on the receiving end of scores of death threats posted and racial abuse online after the decision. Pictured: Some of the comments aimed at Judge Perry in the wake of the decision

    Meanwhile, Britney continues to reference the conservatorship battle on her Instagram page, and said Monday that she will be ‘posting less’ from now on after it had been suggested she should be more ‘cautious’ about what she shares.  

    Britney appeared to respond to comments made by Backstreet Boys’ member Brian Littrell who said the singer should be more ‘cautious’ about what she posts. 

    ‘Let me clarify. you only know half of it !!!!’ Britney wrote. ‘And for a lot of you who say I should be cautious with what I post … I mean if you REALLY THINK ABOUT IT … with what I’ve been through I believe I been WAAAY TOO CAUTIOUS !!!! One day I will live on the edge !!!! One day.’ 

    In a second post, Britney said ‘in a system where I’ve felt completely hopeless for so long, at least I do have a platform to share.’ But then added: ‘I’m gonna post a little less from now on,’ and said ‘TA TA’ to her fans. 

    On Friday, Jamie fought back against attempts to remove him from the conservatorship that controls her money and affairs, saying there are ‘no grounds whatsoever’ to do so and describing the singer as ‘mentally sick’. 

    Quest for freedom: Britney Spears (pictured this month from her Instagram account) is trying to remove her father Jamie Spears' control over her life and financial affairs

    Quest for freedom: Britney Spears (pictured this month from her Instagram account) is trying to remove her father Jamie Spears’ control over her life and financial affairs 








    The father-of-three claimed in a court filing that Britney is struggling so much with her mental health that court-appointed professional Jodi Montgomery, who overseas the popstar’s life decisions, recommended hospitalizing her on emergency psychiatric hold.

    In court documents filed in Los Angeles on Friday, Jamie said Montgomery had called him, distraught, last month and sought his help with his daughter’s mental health struggles.

    He claimed that Montgomery had explained that Britney was not taking her medications properly and refused to see some of her doctors and that she was ‘spiralling out of control’.

    But Montgomery and her lawyer said in response that Jamie ‘misrepresented and manipulated’ the call to use it to his own advantage’.

    The court filings come as Britney’s former bodyguard claimed she is living ‘like an inmate in a golden prison’ as the singer has her phone calls monitored and is not allowed out unsupervised. 

    Lost: Britney's parents Jamie and Lynne are seen in November 2012. They had divorced in 2002

    Lost: Britney’s parents Jamie and Lynne are seen in November 2012. They had divorced in 2002

    The filing by Jamie was in response to court papers filed a day earlier by Britney’s new attorney Matthew Rosengart, which requested an emergency hearing as soon as possible to suspend him from the conservatorship.

    Jamie said Rosengart ‘does not (and cannot) specify what the wrongdoing is’ to prompt such a suspension.

    Jamie ‘has dutifully and faithfully served as the conservator of his daughter’s estate without any blemishes on his record,’ the filing said.

    He stepped aside from the part of the conservatorship that controls his daughter’s life decisions in 2019, with Montgomery taking over, though her official status remains temporary.

    The allegations made by Britney at hearings in June and July that seem to have spurred Rosengart’s call for her father’s removal, including ‘serious allegations regarding forced medical treatment and therapy, improper medical care, and limitations on personal rights,’ are ‘untested’ and involve issues that have long been Montgomery’s responsibility, not his, said Jamie in the court filing.

    Jamie says the call for his urgent removal is ‘ironic’ considering the call he received from Montgomery on July 9.

    ‘Ms. Montgomery sounded very distraught and expressed how concerned she was about my daughters’ recent behavior and overall mental health,’ Jamie said in a personal declaration included with his court filing.








    The court filings come as Britney's former bodyguard claimed she is living 'like an inmate in a golden prison' as the singer has her phone calls monitored and is not allowed out unsupervised

    The court filings come as Britney’s former bodyguard claimed she is living ‘like an inmate in a golden prison’ as the singer has her phone calls monitored and is not allowed out unsupervised

    ‘Ms. Montgomery explained that my daughter was not timely or properly taking her medications, was not listening to the recommendations of her medical team, and refused to even see some of her doctors.

    ‘Ms. Montgomery said she was very worried about the direction my daughter was heading in and directly asked for my help to address these issues.’

    Jamie said they discussed the possibility of hospitalizing Britney on an emergency psychiatric hold.

    Montgomery acknowledged, in a statement through her attorney Lauriann Wright, having concerns about Britney’s behavior and mental health, but said James Spears’ stepping down would only help.

    The statement said ‘having her father Jamie Spears continuing to serve as her Conservator instead of a neutral professional fiduciary is having a serious impact on Ms. Spears’ mental health.’

    At no time during the phone call did Montgomery suggest Britney Spears qualifies for a psychiatric hold, the statement said.

    Montgomery reached out to Jamie because she was concerned that an investigation of Britney’s allegations, which he was seeking, would be harmful to her.








    Spears said they discussed the possibility of hospitalizing Britney Spears on an emergency psychiatric hold

    Spears said they discussed the possibility of hospitalizing Britney Spears on an emergency psychiatric hold

    ‘The concern that Ms. Montgomery did raise to Mr. Spears during their telephone call is that forcing Ms. Spears to take the stand to testify or to have her evaluated would move the needle in the wrong direction for her mental health,’ the statement said.

    Montgomery was ‘saddened’ that the call ‘is now being misrepresented and manipulated’ by Jamie ‘to gain some sort of tactical advantage in the pending proceedings to remove him.’

    The fighting between those involved in the conservatorship has grown increasingly heated, and increasingly public, since Britney’s dramatic testimony at a hearing on June 23, when she told a judge ‘ I just want my life back.’

    A hearing to address Rosengart’s petition to remove Jamie is scheduled for Sept. 29, unless the judge grants his request to hold one sooner.

    The court filings come as Britney’s former bodyguard claimed she is living ‘like an inmate in a golden prison’ as the singer has her phone calls monitored and is not allowed out unsupervised.