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Britney Spears is a hostage.

Before you laugh or scoff, read this. It matters. Her situation matters to anyone who stands on the side of freedom and personal responsibility.

It matters because it’s high time Americans understand that wealth and fame do not provide immunity to abuse.

This week, Spears went to court for the third time to have her conservatorship removed from her father’s hands. Jamie Spears has controlled his daughter’s nearly $50 million dollar estate since 2008, after Britney Spears allegedly suffered some severe mental health issues and it was decided she could not be trusted to make clear decisions regarding her estate or her children.

You may recall the now infamous ‘shaved head, umbrella attack’ incident. At the time, we had yet to be treated to the Harvey Weinstein era , where Hollywood’s shameful secrets became more commonly known. She appeared to us as a spoiled brat who couldn’t deal with her fame and was selfishly lashing out. I know that’s how I looked at it. I laughed at her.

I’m ashamed of that now, and if for some weird reason Britney ever reads this I just want to say…I’m sorry. I believe you.

To hear Spears’ testimony, her predicament was far more complicated than simply being a spoiled woman. In fact, she may be the least spoiled person in her family, given that for decades she has been the only one working while her entire family “earned” their own money in her employ. That’s a pretty lucrative machine to let shut down or walk away from the industry, and if Spears’ testimony is true, it seems that her own father found a legal way to make sure that could never happen; and then, frighteningly, he set about isolating her to the point that she may have been forced by her father’s aides to lie in years worth of strange and lonely-looking Instagram posts that were the catalyst for many fans questioning her safety.

USA Today covered the virtual hearing:

“I’m not here to be anyone’s slave,” Spears said while appearing in Los Angeles court remotely via

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