Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Britney Spears has appeared at a Los Angeles court to address the conservatorship she has been under for the past 11 years. Media has been barred from the proceedings, but reports from witnesses on the ground report that the 37-year-old singer is spoke in front of a judge and was accompanied by her mother Lynne Spears. A report on TMZ shows a photo of Spears leaving the courtroom barefoot. According to a report on the site, an expert evaluation by a third party was ordered. The next court date is set for Sept. 18.
Outside the courtroom, protesters from the #FreeBritney movement picketed with signs and chants to end the conservatorship.
Earlier today, Courtney Love tweeted her support for Spears, writing, “Britney, you are so brave!”
While the specific reason for today’s status update hearing was not cited and there have been multiple routine checks since her conservatorship began in 2008, recent events in the singer’s life have made this one take on more import.
Britney's father, Jamie Spears, has been her conservator since 2008, and he became sole conservator this year after attorney Andrew Wallet resigned from his co-conservatorship in March. Jamie Spears suffered a … — Jem Aswad/@Variety