Britney Spears’ father on Friday revealed he recently discussed whether to place his daughter back in a mental institution — as he rejected efforts to remove him as co-conservator of her multimillion-dollar estate.
Jamie Spears claimed in documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court that he wasn’t responsible for committing his daughter in 2019, a move that sparked the now-famous “#FreeBritney” movement.
But he said he got a call from Jodi Montgomery, who is in charge of the singer’s personal and medical affairs, on July 9 pleading for help over Britney’s “recent behavior” and mental health.
Montgomery allegedly expressed concern that the pop star hadn’t been taking her medications properly — and brought up the possibility of a 5150 psychiatric hold, which, under California law, allows a person to be held for psychiatric evaluation if they are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.
“Ms. Montgomery felt that Ms. Spears was spiraling out of control,” Jamie Spears said in a court declaration.
He claimed that Montgomery later backtracked and said a 5150 wasn’t needed.
The dad noted that beginning in 2018, he was not in control of Britney’s medical decisions, including her being committed to a mental facility the
next year. When it surfaced that the former pop star had allegedly been
involuntarily committed, fans took to social-media to demand she be
“Although I did not formally step down as Conservator of the Person until September 2019, I had not been in control of my daughter’s medical treatment since late 2018, when, due to my own personal health issues, I had to step back in this role,” the dad said in the filing.
Instead, Montgomery, who was added to Britney’s conservator team amid Jamie’s health issues, and a lawyer who used to be involved in the case made the decision, the court papers state.
“It was Jodi Montgomery, along with the Conservatee’s former attorney Sam Ingham, who admitted Ms. Spears to a facility in early 2019, including but not limited to signing the admittance documents,” the court filing states.
But Montgomery’s rep fired back in a statement to The Post on Friday, “As Case Manager, Ms. Montgomery worked under the sole direction and control of Jamie Spears.
“She had no power or authority to place Britney Spears in any facility as a Case Manager – only Jamie Spears had that power in March 2019.
“It is unequivocally NOT TRUE that it was Ms. Montgomery and Sam Ingham ‘who admitted Ms. Spears to a facility in early 2019.’
“It is in Ms. Spears’ best interests that her father step down as her Conservator, so he can go back to just being Ms. Spears’ father, and working on a healthy, supportive father-daughter relationship,” the statement added.
Montgomery’s lawyer also said that though she has concerns about the “Toxic” singer’s mental health, Jamie Spears had misrepresented their conversation.
“At no time did Ms. Montgomery express to Mr. Spears that Ms. Spears would currently qualify for such a (5150) hold,” Montgomery’s lawyer said in a statement.
Montgomery believes that having her father as conservator was having a “serious impact” on Britney’s mental health, the statement said.
Jamie Spears’ has been at least one of his daughter’s conservators since 2008, when the star suffered a string of public meltdowns.
Britney has sought to free herself from the conservatorship — and called for her dad and anyone else involved in it to be jailed.
“Ma’am, my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management, who played huge roles in punishing me when I said ‘no’ [to going on tour] — ma’am, they should be in jail,” she told a judge last month.
Jamie claims in the new filing that he’s done nothing but try to protect his daughter.
“Throughout his service as Conservator, Mr. Spears’ sole motivation
has been his unconditional love for his daughter and a fierce desire to
protect her from those trying to take advantage of her,” the papers