Elon Musk has added his name to the sizable list of celebrities expressing support for Britney Spears amid her conservatorship battle.
Spears, 39, has received an outpouring of public support over the past several days, after the pop icon testified late last month that, under the conservatorship, she isn’t allowed to have her contraceptive intrauterine device removed.
That support has now intensified, after documents filed by the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday showed that Judge Brenda J. Penny denied the request by Spears’ legal team to have her father, Jamie Spears, removed as a conservator of her estate.
SpaceX CEO Musk pledged his allegiance to Spears in the early hours of Monday morning, when he wrote on Twitter: “Free Britney.”
The tweet proved popular among the entrepreneur’s almost 58 million followers, receiving more than 70,000 likes in less than an hour.
A host of celebrities—including Spears’ ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake, singer Mariah Carey, actress Rose McGowan, and comedian Kathy Griffin—have spoken out in support of the star recently, as her ongoing court battle continues to grip headlines.
Spears has been under the controversial conservatorship since 2008, but it has gained increased attention thanks to the ever-growing #FreeBritney movement on social media, and the star herself speaking out against the arrangement, which sees her father control elements of her personal and professional life.
In response to a filing by Britney Spears’ attorney, Samuel Ingham, to have Jamie Spears removed, the star was on Wednesday ruled to be “substantially unable to manage his or her financial resources or to resist fraud or undue influence,” according to the documents.
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Ingham filed the request, which says Spears is “afraid of her father” and threatened to withhold performances until he was removed as her conservator back in November 2020. At that point, her request to remove her father was denied, but she was granted a court-appointed co-conservator.
In a court appearance on June 23, Britney Spears spoke about her experiences under the conservatorship, alleging that she’s been made to wear an IUD and was put on mood stabilizer lithium against her will.
“I want to be able to get married and have a baby,” she said, addressing the court by phone. “I have an IUD inside of myself so that I don’t get pregnant, but [my team doesn’t] want me to have any more children.”
“They have me going to therapy three times a week and to a psychiatrist,” she added. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live a full life.”
Responding to the testimony, Jamie Spears’ attorney, Vivian Thoreen, said in a brief statement, reported by the Associated Press: “He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter very much.”