‘It reflects a toxic environment:’Judge suspends Britney Spears’ father from conservatorship

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This combination photo shows Jamie Spears, left, father of Britney Spears, as he leaves the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Oct. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles and Britney Spears at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala on Feb. 11, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A big step for pop star Britney Spears after a judge in California made the decision to suspended her father from the conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years. 

Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny agreed Wednesday with a petition from Spears and her attorney that James Spears needs to give up his role as conservator.

“The current situation is untenable,” Penny said after hearing arguments from both sides. “It reflects a toxic environment which requires the suspension of James Spears.”

The move is a major victory for the singer, who pleaded in dramatic hearings this summer that her father needed to be out.

James Spears sought the conservatorship in 2008 and had been its primary controller and biggest champion. He reversed course in recent weeks, asking the judge to end the conservatorship.

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