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The recording of Britney Spears’s bombshell testimony where she called her conservatorship “abusive” and said her father and management team should be in “jail” for drugging her and forcing her to work has been leaked and is now available to listen to.
The 23-minute speech Spears delivered Wednesday during a remote hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court was accessible to the public but a recording of the hearing has been leaked by a number of fan accounts and posted to YouTube.
Court officials forbade the public from recording the hearing or broadcasting it but that didn’t stop members of the #FreeBritney army from spreading it far and wide online.
The emotional speech details Spears’s empathetic requests to end the conservatorship that’s governed nearly every aspect of her life for the past 13 years and was the first time the pop mega star publicly spoke out about the arrangement.
“Okay, so I have this written down. I have a lot to say. So um, bear with me,” Spears, 39, says at the start of her statement.
She begins by explaining that she was forced to perform in her 2018 “Piece of Me” tour that went across Europe and North America for three months and soon after, she was told she’d have to get right back to work for a new Las Vegas residency.
“I needed a break in between but no, I was told this is the timeline and this is how it’s going to go,” Spears said.
“When I said no to one dance move in rehearsals, it was as if I planted a huge bomb somewhere and I said ‘no, I don’t want to do it this way,’” the “Lucky” singer told the judge.
“Ma’am, I’m not here to be anyone’s slave. I can say no to a dance move.”
Spears’s team later told her she didn’t have to do the Las Vegas show because she was “getting really nervous” and “it was too much, I couldn’t take it anymore” but three days later, she was called into her therapist’s office and was forced to take lithium.
“[He] said he had a million phone calls about how I was not cooperating in rehearsals and I haven’t been taking my medication. All of this was false. He immediately the next day put me on lithium out of nowhere, he took me off my normal meds I’ve been on for five years and lithium is a very, very strong and completely different medication compared to what I was used to,” Spears told the court.
“You can go mentally impaired if you take too much if you stay on it longer than five months. But he put me on that and I felt drunk. I really couldn’t even take up for myself. I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad really about anything. I told them I was scared.”