‘We stand with you’: Rep. Matt Gaetz invites Britney Spears to address Congress amid conservatorship battle

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Supporters of the #FreeBritney movement can count a U.S. Congressman from Florida among their ranks after Britney Spears’ latest request for freedom from her conservatorship was rejected in court.

The pop star gave public testimony to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny for more than 20 minutes last week, begging for the conservatorship by her father, James Spears, to end. Judge Penny later denied the request.

Gaetz, who started voicing support for Spears on Twitter earlier this year, once again threw his support behind the pop star gaining her independence.

The Florida Republican issued a letter, inviting Spears to speak before the United States Congress about her battle over her conservatorship.

“You have been mistreated by America’s legal system. We want to help,” the letter reads, in part. “The United States Congress should hear your story and be inspired to bipartisan action. What happened to you should never happen to any other American. Congress can make things better and you can inform our policy decisions. If you will speak to Congress, we are ready to listen.”

Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah all co-signed the letter, asking Spears to come before Congress and share her story on the alleged abuse at the center of her conservatorship.

On his official House website, Rep. Gaetz references a recent New York Times documentary on the conservatorship, citing it as one of the reasons he believes Spears should come to Congress and lend her insight into the alleged abuses Americans subject to similar conservatorships face.

Gaetz, along with Rep. Jim Jordan, previously sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, requesting a hearing on court-ordered conservatorships. In that letter from March, Gaetz and Jordan referenced Spears’ conservatorship, saying it involved “questionable motives and legal tactics” by the pop star’s father.

The conservatorship for Spears was put in place in 2008. The company that had managed the star’s estate, Bessemer Trust, withdrew from co-conservatorship earlier on Thursday, according to reporting by the New York Times.

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