Britney Spears' attorney, Sam Ingham, has asked to resign from his role after representing the pop icon since the start of her conservatorship 13 years ago, it has emerged.
No reason has been given as to why Ingham, who put forth the request on Tuesday, and his firm Loeb & Loeb, LLP, no longer wish to represent Britney, according to documents obtained by People. Ingham has asked that the resignation goes into effect "upon the appointment of new court-appointed counsel."
Ingham's decision to resign follows remarks Britney made in court about not knowing she had the opportunity to choose her own lawyer.
"My lawyer, Sam (Ingham), has been very scared for me to go forward because he's saying if I speak up, I'm being overworked in that facility of that rehab place. He told me I should keep it to myself," Britney said in reference to a rehab facility she entered several years ago.
"I would personally like to — actually, I've grown with a personal relationship with Sam, my lawyer, I've been talking to him like three times a week now, we've kind of built a relationship but I haven't really had the opportunity by my own self to actually handpick my own lawyer by myself," she added. "And I would like to be able to do that."
On Monday it was reported that Britney’s longtime manager Larry Rudolph is also stepping down. In a letter to the singer’s father, Jamie Spears, Rudolph explained his decision after learning that Britney was harboring intentions to stop singing professionally.
"It has been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus," Rudolph wrote in the letter first published by Deadline. "Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire. As you know, I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations, so I am not privy to many of these details."
Rudolph explained that he had been hired at Britney's request to "help manage and assist her with her career" and now, as her manager, believes "it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed."
He added, "I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together. I wish Britney all the health and happiness in the world, and I’ll be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been."
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