Judge delays hearing over Britney Spears' assets

Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:23pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge on Tuesday said a July hearing into control of pop star Britney Spears' assets will instead look into other matters, giving attorneys time to compile more information about the troubled singer's affairs.

Court Commissioner Reva Goetz also gave permission to her father Jamie Spears, a co-conservator, to sell the 26-year-old singer's home in the Los Angeles-area community of Studio City, a court spokeswoman said.

Goetz ruled that a July 31 hearing, which had been scheduled to decide whether to end or extend the control her father and a co-conservator now exercise over her affairs, will instead review matters of evidence in the case.

Spears had seen her life spiral out of control starting in late 2006 when she broke up with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

The two waged a bitter custody battle over their two sons, and earlier this year Spears was admitted to Los Angeles-area hospitals twice for psychiatric evaluation.

In February, the court established the conservatorship to give Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew Wallet control over her assets and medical decisions, and the singer's life has seemed to stabilize.

She has stayed mostly out of Hollywood's limelight and even gone back to work on TV, appearing on the comedy "How I Met Your Mother."

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Eric Walsh)

 
<p>Britney Spears drives her Mercedes Benz as she leaves the Stanley Mosk Courthouse garage in Los Angeles, October 26, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>