‘It’s far-fetched’ Britney Spears’ fathers claims she has dementia slammed

Britney Spears: Mobeen Azhar looks into dementia claims

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New details will come to light in a new BBC documentary titled The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship. Fronting the one-off special is journalist Mobeen Azhar, who sought to uncover the truth after the pop star was put under a conservatorship by her father Jamie Spears. Mobeen travelled to Britney’s hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana, where he spoke with the people who knew the Slave For You hitmaker and saw her go from a normal teenager to a successful pop star overnight.

Mobeen not only attended a court hearing during his time in America, but in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk he explained he wanted to understand the legality of Britney’s conservatorship.

He set out to speak to those on both sides of the fence surrounding the 39-year-old’s conservatorship, as well as her make-up artist Billy Brasfield, her former choreographer Brian Friedman and lawyer Lisa MacCarley.

He also had an emotional discussion with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton who admitted in the documentary he could partly be responsible for Britney’s very public break down.

The dancer had a very public breakdown in 2007 following her split from husband Kevin Federline which saw the pop star shave her head and attack a number of photographers with an umbrella.

There are also claims within the documentary which allege Britney was forced into a conservatorship by her father not only because of her mental health, but because she was living with onset dementia.

One of Mobeen’s aims during the programme was to get a better understanding of what a conservatorship is and whether Britney should still be under one.

“I think it’s really important to understand there are two distinct types of conservatorship in the Californian State Law,” he began.

“One approach is the mental health conservatorship which deals exclusively with mental health and one is called the probate conservatorship.

“Essentially, they’re both kind of in similar territories, but a probate conservatorship allows a person’s estate to be mined effectively, meaning money could be taken out of it.”

He continued: “Britney could have been put under a mental health conservatorship, which means there are various lawyers, she has to pay for her court-appointed attorney.

“There are managers, like retailers whose company is being paid and there are various parties that are able to take money from Britney’s current earnings.

“I think there’s a couple of questions here, so one is a question about should Britney have ever been in a conservatorship?

 “And I think the answer to that is, we don’t know because no one was there at the time, but I can certainly illustrate and it does in the film very clearly, you can understand why it happened.

“Because you’ve got someone who’s very young, who does have a very public breakdown and whose family is not equipped. I was told in this by people in Kentwood and from people outside of that bubble, they’re not a showbiz family.”

Mobeen went on to question whether Britney should be in the conservatorship today, as he explained it was claimed in the documentary the singer’s father Jamie alleged his daughter has onset dementia.

The reporter said: “I’m not a doctor and of course there are very few people who have actually had access to Britney, in terms of making any kind of medical assessment.

“But as you see in the documentary, the reason that is used to justify [Britney] entering a conservatorship and being in a conservatorship today is that she’s living with dementia, which is the early onset dementia.

“If there’s less than five percent of people in the US who have dementia, adults who are under 40, it still doesn’t make it impossible, she might be one of those people.”

“But, I think it seems far-fetched, particularly when early-onset dementia gets progressively worse,” Mobeen added.

“She was diagnosed with dementia, according to the court papers. That would have been years ago and up until a couple of years ago, she was still doing her Las Vegas residency.

“I think there are very clear questions about a level of exploitation and her best interests perhaps not being served by this type of conservatorship.

“It is really clear that the conservatorship laws as they stand are open to abuse.”

The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

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