Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Britney Spears' dad retains control of her affairs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The father of Britney Spears will retain control over the once-troubled singer's personal and business affairs for an indefinite period, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday.

Jamie Spears and a Los Angeles lawyer were first granted temporary control of Spears' affairs in February after the pop princess was twice hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation.

The conservatorship previously was extended until December 31 but, in Tuesday's closed-court hearing, the judge made it permanent. Spears can request it to be lifted at a later date.

"The conservatorship is necessary and appropriate for the complexity of financial and business entities and her being susceptible to undue influence," said the judge, Reva Goetz, according to several media reports.

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