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  • Jodi Montgomery has been co-conservator of the singer's estate alongside Spears' father since 2019.
  • She's asking Spears' estate to cover her security, which is estimated to cost $1,820 (R25,800) a day.
  • Montgomery's attorney said she had received a "marked increase" in threatening messages.
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Britney Spears' co-conservator Jodi Montgomery has asked for increased security in a new court filing cited by NBC News and Fox News, citing an increase in threats of death and violence sent to her.

Montgomery, who has served as a temporary co-conservator of the singer's estate alongside Spears' father Jamie since 2019, said there had been a "marked increase in the number and severity of threatening posts" sent to her over social media, text, phone, and email since Spears' bombshell testimony on June 23 pleading for an end to her conservatorship.

In the court documents, which were filed on Wednesday, Montgomery's attorney said that the co-conservator had been recommended 24/7 physical security until she can make "certain security improvements at her home office/residence," according to NBC News and Fox News.

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According to NBC News, the filing said that each security agent assigned to Montgomery costs $65 (R910) an hour, with an estimated cost of $1,820 (R25,800) per 24-hour window. A two-week security detail would cost around $25,480 (R356,700).

Citing the prohibitive costs of the security measures required for her safety, Montgomery asked for Spears' estate to cover the expenses, which would require approval from Jamie as conservator of the estate and a judge, the outlets reported.

Representatives for Jamie Spears did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Montgomery is one of the last co-conservators standing

In Spears' June 23 testimony, the singer asked a judge to end the "abusive" 13-year conservatorship that controls her finances and professional decisions, including being forced to work long hours and being denied the right to remove her intrauterine device despite wanting more children.

In response, Jamie Spears said in court documents filed on June 29, reviewed by Insider, that he stopped making decisions related to his daughter's "personal affairs" after Montgomery signed on as a temporary conservator in September 2019.

He said decisions Montgomery made about Spears' "personal care and medical treatment" specifically excluded the pop star.

When reached by Insider on June 30, a representative for Montgomery countered Jamie's claims and said over email that Montgomery had been a "tireless advocate" for Spears since she became the pop star's co-conservator.

On Tuesday, July 6, Montgomery's lawyer said in a statement provided to Insider that she has no plans to step down as the pop star's conservator - and said Spears asked her to remain in her guardianship role.

"Ms Spears as recently as yesterday has asked Ms Montgomery to continue to serve. Ms Montgomery will continue to serve as a conservator for as long as Ms Spears and the Court desire her to do so," the statement said.

Meanwhile, Spears' lawyer Sam Ingham - who has represented her for more than a decade in her conservatorship - filed court documents Tuesday requesting to resign from the case.

Spears' longtime manager Larry Rudolph also resigned on Monday, saying Spears wanted to retire from performing.

Prior to Rudolph resigning, Judge Brenda Penny had approved Bessemer Trust's request to be removed as a co-conservator, citing Spears' explosive testimony asking to end her conservatorship. However, that same week, the judge formally denied Spears' request to remove her father from the guardianship.


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