Spears addressed a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday (23 June), in a landmark moment for her conservatorship battle.
The pop icon spoke directly to Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny about the conservatorship, which has controlled her money and affairs since 2008.
Spears, who took part remotely, said: “I am not happy, I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, it’s insane. And I’m depressed. The last time I spoke to you [the judge]… made me feel like I was dead. I am telling you again because I am not lying… so maybe you can understand the depth and the degree and the damages… I deserve changes.”
In his latest Daily Mail column, headlined “Britney Spears is a legal slave who can’t control her own money, career or even her womb and MUST be freed from this torment to finally live the life she wants”, Morgan called for Judge Penny to release the singer from a “living hell”.
Responding to Spears’s claims that she has an IUD inside her as her team does not want her to have another child, Morgan wrote: “It almost defies belief that any woman in America, the world’s great superpower and supposedly ‘land of the free’, should be subjected to such appalling treatment.”
He continued: “We’ve been told for years via endless cruel briefings to the media that Britney’s so mentally unhinged that’s she totally incapable of thinking, speaking or acting for herself. That wasn’t the woman I heard yesterday. It was stunning to hear the brutal reality from Britney’s own mouth, in her own powerful, eloquent, often rapid-fire words. It was like she couldn’t wait to finally have her say, and who could blame her for the obvious frustration and anger?”
Morgan, who used to edit the Mirror, said he “looks back and shudders at the way the media frenziedly fuelled the circus around this obviously unstable woman as she spiralled out of control”.
The former Good Morning Britain presenter certainly has first-hand experience of the media’s controversial treatment of female public figures.
Just three months ago on the ITV breakfast show, he claimed he “didn’t believe a word” of Meghan Markle saying she’d be left with “suicidal thoughts” during her time as a royal, sparking thousands of Ofcom complaints.
Morgan also previously dismissed Lady Gaga for saying she has post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped as a teenager. He later admitted he was “a little too all-encompassingly judgemental”.
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