Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears petitions to end conservatorship in unexpected twist

Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears has filed a petition to end his daughter's controversial conservatorship, which he has been at the helm of since 2008. 

According to CNN, legal documents show Jamie cited his daughter's two emotional court testimonies from earlier this year, in which she called the conservatorship "abusive" and said she wanted to see her dad "jailed" for his role in it. 

"Recent events related to this conservatorship have called into question whether circumstances have changed to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist," the petition stated. 

"As Mr Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr Spears believes that she should get that chance." 

The unexpected twist in the messy legal battle comes after Jamie agreed he would step down from his role as conservator last month to avoid a drawn-out public feud with his pop star daughter. At the time, he insisted there were no grounds for his dismissal, and claimed he had been the target of "unjustified attacks". 

Britney has previously declared she will not perform again while he rather remains in control of her affairs, calling the arrangement "f**king cruelty". She went on to tell the Los Angeles Superior Court that her father "ruined her life" and "loved" to hear her in pain, insisting she wanted to press charges of "conservatorship abuse". 

Jamie has repeatedly denied the allegations of abuse made against him, and at one stage asked for an investigation to be launched into Britney's claims, which included being drugged against her will and being unable to get her IUD removed to prevent her from falling pregnant. 

"Ms Spears has told this court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship. She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy," the filing from Jamie continued. 

"She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding."