Britney Spears reportedly told a judge last week that her father forced her to enter a mental health facility earlier this year.
On Friday, the singer appeared in court alongside her parents to speak to a judge who oversees her conservatorship, which was established in 2008 after she suffered an alleged breakdown.
A conservatorship is an involuntary status usually reserved for elderly or very ill people who are suffering from dementia or otherwise incapacitated and unable to make decisions for themselves.
Britney’s father Jamie has been in charge of his daughter’s assets since the conservatorship was established, however the agreement doesn’t give him the power to put her into a facility without her consent.
The 37-year-old is now allegedly demanding more freedom, and told a judge that her father made her check into a Los Angeles unit for 30 days on April 3, after she stopped taking her doctor-prescribed medication.
According to The Sun, Britney’s mother Lynne, who divorced Jamie in 2002, has taken her daughter’s side.
After hearing Britney and her parents speak in court, the judge ordered an 730 expert evaluation, a process usually used to determine the mental health and competence of a parent in a divorce case.
According to reports, Britney was spotted leaving the courts complex barefoot.
Outside the courthouse, a host of the singer’s fans were protesting outside, holding signs which read “Free Britney” and “End the conservatorship now”.
The news comes after the hashtag #FreeBritney started trending on Twitter last month, after Britney was admitted into the mental health facility.
Despite fan’s concerns at the time, Britney reassured them that all was well in a video posted on Instagram.