Transcript for Britney Spears pleads for judge to end conservatorship
Cecilia. We turn to that Britney spears bombshell. She was breaking her silence in the conservatorship case and saying in a Los Angeles court that she wants her life back. ABC's Kaylee Hartung was outside that courtroom with the very latest on this story. Good morning, Kaylee. Reporter: Hey, good morning, Cecilia. This was the most shocking performance of Britney spears' life. We listened to that virtual hearing right here at the courthouse but we couldn't see Britney. She only needed to call in to make this plea to a judge to end her conservatorship and the judge forbid any recordings of it to share with you but we heard a confident and determined Britney spears who wants the world to hear her story. Britney spears standing up for herself in an explosive court hearing Wednesday passionately telling a court she's been exploited, embarrassed and demoralized by the people behind the conservatorship that's controlled her life and finances for the last 13 years. Asking that it be terminated. The 39-year-old pleading with a judge saying, I just want my life back. Spears addressing the court for more than 20 minutes calling the court ordered conservatorship controlled in part by her father Jamie spears abusive. The megastar saying she was accused of not participating in rehearsals for her Vegas show after disagreeing about a dance move and accused of not taking medicine she maintains she had regularly been taking for years and three days after she said she no longer wanted to do the Vegas residency she was put on lithium. A powerful psychiatric drug against her will and later sent away to a rehab program. When she called her dad about the decision, I cried on the phone for an hour and he loved every minute of it, the control he had over someone as powerful as me, he loved the control to hurt his own daughter comparing her experiences to sex trafficking making anyone work against their will taking all their possessions away, credit card, cash, phone, passport and places them in a home where they work with the people who live with them. She said she's not allowed to ride in a car driven by her boyfriend or make her own decisions about Earth birth control, marriage or having more children. Stronger than yesterday Reporter: Since she stopped performing 2 1/2 years ago Instagram has been the only way fans have gotten filmses -- glimpses of her life. She says posts online weren't he true feelings. I've lied and told the whole world I'm okay and I'm happy. I've been in denial. I've been in shock but now I'm traumatized. But now I'm telling you the truth. Okay? I'm not happy, I can't sleep. . She says she didn't know that was an option to drop it. In addition to ending the conservatorship, spears told the court she wants to be able to choose her own attorney and have sessions with a therapist in the privacy of her own home instead of at an office where Paparazzi have photographed her. She could be heard pounding her fists as she told the judge all she hears from her team is no, no, no saying she feels ganged up on, bullied, left out and I deserve to have the same rights as anyone but her most loyal fans including members of the free Britney movement wanted her to know she's not alone. It's important to show our support, our endless support. I'm in shock, I'm in awe and I'm incredibly proud of Britney. Just the bravery that it took was palpable. Reporter: The judge thanked Britney for her statement saying she knows it took a lot of courage for her to come forward and after we heard Britney describe the depths of her father's control over her we only heard from her father through his attorney who said he is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much. T.J. All right, Kaylee, thank you so much. Want to bring in Dan Abrams here in studio with us, "The New York Times" senior editor Ann cokery of the documentary "Free Britney." Hearing from her, this whole free Britney movement. Hearing her she sounds like a literal prisoner. This was even more of a bombshell than we expected. We came into this wondering how big a deal is it going to be. This was a huge deal what she said here and the two things that struck me most were first of all the fact that she says, she didn't know she could file to end this. That's astonishing because as the lawyer involved here, I always have said, well, you know, she could always file to end this. And yet now if this is true that she didn't know, that's a really big deal. Number two on the flip side to some degree is she repeated again and again that she wanted to end this but without a medical examination. And, you know, if you want to end this the way to do it in a faster way is to say I'll do anything it takes to end this. Let's get the exam done. Let's get this finished but you can tell she's so frustrated with what she says has happened to her she's taken that position that wants it to be without any sort of medical exam. Liz, we can't say wow enough and we thought we knew so much about this story partly because of the movie that you helped create. Were you surprised by what you heard in that courtroom? Absolutely, I'm still shocked. She had so many jaw-dropping lines, you know, I just want my life back. This conservatorship is abusive. I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does. You know, I'm still floored with the -- how defiant she was and how passionate she was. And for me I was also most surprised by what Dan said that Britney said she did not know this entire time, this entire 13 years she did not know she could LE to end the conservatorship. That's unbelievable. And, Dan, as Liz mentioned those jaw-dropping lines, what about the tone in how she approached all of this, the fact obviously she was very passionate but there was profanity in the presentation. What impact will that have on the case? The profanity makes it more human. I don't think the judge is going to say, oh, you know, she used curse words and therefore -- I think she's going to come out of this saying, that was real. That was her. That wasn't written by somebody else. That's what she really thinks here. And, you know, judges are human, right? Which is, yes, there's going to be investigators and doctors and reports, but I think that this account from her is really going to matter to the judge because this is -- this is Britney spears speaking to the judge and we'll soon find out what exact impact it will have. She still has to file to end the conservatorship. So that's legal step number one here. Liz, we talk about this free Britney movement and so much of it -- look, I'll admit, I used to -- okay, they're fans of her rooting for her, they want her to be okay but I'm hearing folks talk about, you know what, this will bring attention to the whole conservatorship laws and so this could be more than just about Britney now. Absolutely, and I think the fans are feeling really vindicated. For 13 years everyone has said to them, you know, we haven't heard it directly from Britney herself. You know, dismissing their passions as sort of a conspiracy theory. And now Britney has gone on the record in court and basically backed up a lot of what they've been saying all along. Wow. It is just really, really something. We can't stop talking about it. Liz, Dan, thank you very much. Coming up next on "Gma" the
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