Judge expected to formalize end of Britney Spears guardianship

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A Los Angeles judge is expected on Friday to formally approve the process of ending a controversial guardianship that has controlled pop star Britney Spears' life for the past 13 years.

The "Toxic" singer successfully had her father removed from the conservatorship -- which she has slammed as "abusive" -- in September, when a temporary replacement of her choosing was appointed.

Judge Brenda Penny then also agreed to a request from Spears' lawyer to set another "short hearing" to formalize the "uncontested termination" of the conservatorship itself.

"This week is gonna be very interesting for me! I haven't prayed for something more in my life," Spears, 39, wrote in a now-deleted Instagram caption this week.

Around a hundred supporters created a festive atmosphere outside the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

Dancing performers were dressed as a schoolgirl and air hostess, in reference to famous Spears music videos, while fans held signs including "Where's Britney's Money?" and "Free By 40."

"This could be the big day. I'm very nervous," said a 20-year-old die-hard Spears supporter who goes by "Jakeyonce."

"You will probably see me passed out if Britney Spears is freed. I will be unconscious, I will hit the floor."

At the September hearing, both sides voiced their support for swiftly ending the guardianship.

Confirming an earlier U-turn of their position, lawyers for Britney's father Jamie Spears went so far as to ask for the arrangement to be dissolved on the spot.

While denying he abused his position in control of his pop singer daughter's life and career, he has recently acknowledged that Britney Spears "believes that she can handle her own life."

But Judge Penny consented to set a later date in order to allow Spears' lawyer Mathew Rosengart to present a comprehensive plan for the conservatorship's dissolution.

Another, later hearing in December is scheduled to settle outstanding financial issues, including legal fees.

- 'Trauma' -

Friday's hearing could cap a years-long campaign by Spears and her legion of global fans to end a conservatorship that began after her highly public 2007 breakdown, when the star attacked a paparazzo's car at a gas station.

Spears has said through her lawyers that her father was "never fit to serve," citing in one petition allegations of his "reported alcoholism" and "trauma he caused his daughter since her childhood."

As momentum has mounted, Spears said in a September filing that she wanted to end the guardianship as soon as possible so that she can marry her fiance Sam Asghari with a prenuptial agreement.

Spears, who has two children with former husband rapper Kevin Federline, has previously alleged in court that she was prevented by her father from having a contraceptive IUD removed, despite wanting more children. Jamie Spears denied the allegation.

He was removed from the guardianship with immediate effect at the September hearing, with accountant John Zabel installed to care for her finances until the scheme ends.

Professional conservator Jodie Montgomery officially remains responsible for Spears until December 31, although her role could be terminated on Friday.

- 'Free Britney' -

It is not known if Spears will appear at the hearing in person or address the court via telephone as she did earlier this summer.

Supporters have organized a "Termination Rally" Friday, with a so-called "Freedom Party" to follow across town in West Hollywood if all goes to plan.

Stoking excitement further, Asghari posted an Instagram video late Thursday with himself and Spears wearing matching "Free Britney" T-shirts.

"It's a human rights movement," reads the slogan on Spears' top, referring to the alleged abused of the conservatorship system.

"It sucks that it had to come to this point, that she has to be the face of all of this," said supporter Sandra Hernandez, 30, outside the courthouse.

"She is going to be the change on a grand scale -- it happens every day behind closed doors, and nobody even knows."

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