In the contentious court hearing, Britney Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart called her father, Jamie Spears, “a cruel, toxic, abusive man.”
“She wants him out of her life today rather than a lingering and toxic presence,” Rosengart said. “Britney deserves to wake up tomorrow without her father as her conservator.”
Judge Brenda Penny appointed John Zabel as the temporary conservator of Britney’s estate.
Another hearing will be set, possibly before the end of the year, to consider terminating the conservatorship altogether.
Rosengart also cited behavior he called "unfathomable," based on reporting by the New York Times during today's hearing.
Rosengart accused Britney Spears' father of placing a recording device in her bedroom, allegations an attorney for the elder Spears did not directly respond to when previously contacted by CNN.
“We learned Mr. Spears did something unfathomable. He instructed [a] security team, paid for by my client, to place a listening device in Britney’s bedroom.”
In response in court on Wednesday, Vivian Thoreen, Jamie Spears’ lawyer, said, “It’s not evidence, it’s rhetoric.”