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Spears' father granted control of assets: court

A Los Angeles court on Friday awarded Britney Spears' father temporary control of the star's assets following her admission to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation

india Updated: Feb 02, 2008 14:47 IST

A Los Angeles court on Friday awarded Britney Spears' father temporary control of the star's assets following her admission to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation, officials said.

The court named Jamie Spears and an attorney as conservators of the troubled singer's multi-million dollar estate, one day after she was rushed to hospital amid renewed concern for her mental health. A conservatorship is created when a court rules that an individual is incapable of caring for themselves or properly managing their affairs.

The precise terms of the order were not immediately clear, although the TMZ.com celebrity news website reported that the ruling would allow Spears' father broad authority to take decisions on his daughter's behalf. The court ruling comes after Spears was admitted to hospital on Thursday for the second time in less than a month.

She was placed in the psychiatric unit of the UCLA Medical Centre and placed on a 72-hour order used for people deemed a danger to themselves or others.

The hospital drama in the early hours of Thursday came after a psychiatrist treating Spears had contacted Los Angeles police to set the events in motion. A motorcade the length of a football field escorted the pop star's ambulance and kept a crowd of media and onlookers at bay.

Later Thursday, the singer's mother told a scrum of reporters outside the medical centre that Spears was resting, without commenting further. The drama is the latest in a series setbacks for Spears, who was stripped of visitation rights to her two baby sons in early January shortly after her first mental health scare.

During that incident the singer was wheeled out of her home following a stand-off which began when she refused to release her two children, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, to ex-husband Kevin Federline's bodyguard. Spears was taken to the Cedars Sinai Medical Centre for mental evaluation before she discharged herself two days later.