On Wednesday afternoon, Britney Spears addressed a courtroom in a groundbreaking move for her conservatorship case. The pop star formally requested that the legal guardianship come to an end, and she compared one experience she’s had to “sex trafficking.”
Spears described being forced to go to a small rehab program in Beverly Hills where she was forced to work “seven days a week” with “no days off.” She also said while she was at the rehab center she had no privacy and that the people there could watch her change.
“In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking,” Spears said. “Making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away.”
As part of her opening statement, Spears asked the judge to support her petition to end the conservatorship entirely.
She also emphasized her wish to have the guardianship ended without undergoing additional evaluations. Earlier this year, Jamie Spears (Britney’s father and one of the people in charge of the conservatorship) said he would “love nothing more than to see Britney not need a conservatorship.”
“I’ve lied and told the whole world that I’m okay and that I’m happy,” Spears said during her statement. “It’s a lie … I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized.”
Read Insider’s full report from Spears’ hearing on Wednesday here.
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