Judge grants Britney Spears’ request for new attorney

Less than a month after an explosive court hearing, Spears told a judge she wants to “get rid of my dad and charge him with conservatorship abuse.”
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Reporter: Outside of a los Angeles courthouse, Britney spears supporters rallied with signs and chants. Free Britney now. Reporter: Hoping that the conseratorship may soon come to an end. She is a huge part of who I am today. Reporter: Inside what could be a major shift, the judge granting spears' request to hire her own attorney, Matthew rosenguard. Spears addressing the court. I would like to charge my father with conseratorship abuse. If this is not abuse, I don't know what is. Today, Britney spears was granted a new lawyer. That's huge. She has greater autonomy than a court-appointed attorney. We'll see more of Britney spears in her legal decisions after this is decided. She will ask for no more Conser conservatorship. Reporter: She wrote her fans saying, I have gratitude and am you have no idea what it is to be supported by awesomefans. Spears breaking her silence, calling the court order conservatorship abusive. Saying I just want my life back. She is not allowed to ride in a car with her own boyfriend, make her own decisions about birth control, marriage or having children. We heard a Britney spears we had never heard before. It was a watershed moment in how she was perceived. You could hear in her voice, so much emotion, and so much pent-up feeling, as she delineated all of the things that happened to her and all of the manners she suffered while being inside this conservatorship. Reporter: In the aftermath, outpouring of support for the no one should be treated like this. Stay strong, queen. You deserve better. Even her ex, Justin Timberlake, calling on the court and her family to let her live how she wants to live. Timberlake writing, after what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time. Adding, no one should be held against their will or ever have to ask permission to access everything they've worked so hard for. After spears' explosive statement, an attorney speaking on behalf of her father, he is sorry to see his daughter in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter. Since spears stopped performing several years ago. Instagram is the only way fans have gotten glimpses of her life. I want to let you guys know, I am fine. I'm the happiest I've been in my life. Reporter: But in the hearing, spears says those posts online weren't her true feelings. I lied and told the whole world I'm okay and I'm happy. It's a lie. I've been in denial. I've been in shock. I'm traumatized. I'm not happy. I can't sleep. I'm so angry. This was always the feeling of the people in the free Britney movement. The things being said on social media connected to her name were not necessarily her true thoughts. Show me how you want it to Reporter: Britney spears was only 16 years old when she catapulted to stardom in 1998, with her multiplatinum hit "Hit one more time." She was pretty and sexy. A late teenager. That's an image she built on over the next several years. And she became one of the biggest stars in the world. Oops I did it again Reporter: Releasing one hit after another. "Oops I did it again." And "Toxic." By 2007, life in the spotlight seemed to take a toll. The young mother of two, struggling amidst a divorce, custody battle and scrutiny. Britney spears with a shaved head circulates over the Reporter: Under the relentless flash of cameras, she took a pair of clippers to her own hair at a Los Angeles salon. People tend to lash out when there's that kind of pressure on them. And she did. I think the Paparazzi loved Britney. And I don't think Britney loved the Paparazzi. They transformed her life. It's on 24 hours a day. He had not begun dating Britney yet. We asked him, why is she so constantly a figure of why is she worth it. Because she is so unpredictable. She will get in a car. You think she is going to get coffee, she will go to Vegas. He will go to the airport and fly to Cabo for two days. They were getting rich off of Britney spears. But the constant surveillance was taking a huge toll on her mentally. Reporter: What seemed to be a public unraveling coming to head, in a 2007 altercation with Paparazzi in Los Angeles, broking down on the documentary "Framing Britney spears," moments after, she was denied access to her children. Please, god. And Britney started to come after me and started to beat the passenger side of my truck. Reporter: That following year after two hospitalizations, Britney's father, Jamie, assumed control over his daughter's estate, along with an outside trust. Britney spears cone conservatorship is unprecedented. It doesn't look like a lot of the steps getting in or getting out, were navigated or charted because they thought it would be temporary. Here we are 13 years later. Reporter: 13 years later, the court-mandated conseconservatorship, denying the 39-year-old control of her estate. My colleague, Amy robach talked to Vivian thoreen. Jamie saved Britney's life. He has worked tirelessly to protect her. He helped her regain custody of her children. He brought her finances back from disaster. And he created a safe environment for her to live the life the way she wants away from the media. Anytime Britney ends her Conser conservatorship, she can file a petition to terminate it. She's never accessed this right Reporter: But during her testimony, the pop star saying, she didn't know that was an option. Mom, I didn't know I could petition the conseratorship to end it. Sorry for my ignorance. What does she have to prove to get out of this? She has to show that she is able to take care of her own personal autonomy an her estate state. Her alertness and processing. Thought processes and the ability to modulate mood and affect. Reporter: Britney's next court hearing isn't scheduled until November. Until then, today's media circus outside of the courthouse, showing once again, that there's still an insatiable appetite for all things Britney.

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