The #FreeBritney movement has apparently found supporters in two Republican firebrands.
On Tuesday, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz announced in a press release that he and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan have called on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing about unjust conservatorships in the wake of The New York Times’ documentary “Framing Britney Spears.”
“If the conservatorship process can rip the agency from a woman who was in the prime of her life and one of the most powerful pop stars in the world, imagine what it can do to people who are less powerful and have less of a voice,” he said. “I’ve heard the story of those people in Florida, and I am concerned about access to due process for wards.”
Public interest in the pop star’s battle to remove her father as a conservator of her estate began after the hashtag #FreeBritney gained traction on social media and later grew following the release of “Framing Britney Spears,” which highlighted the rise of Spears’ career, discord over the conservatorship and the singer’s mental health challenges.
USA TODAY has reached out to Jamie Spears’ lawyer for comment.
In their letter to Nadler, Gaetz and Jordan said there are “countless other Americans” who are “unjustly stripped of their freedoms” under conservatorships.
“Ms. Spears is…