Britney Spears Leaves Conservatorship Hearing Barefoot as Judge Orders Evaluation

May 13, 2019
Britney Spears arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.

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A California judge has ordered an evaluation in relation to Britney Spears' conservatorship arrangement. The Associated Press reports that the judge wants what's known as a 730 expert evaluation, "a competence examination that is usually used for parents in divorce cases," although it's unclear whether this exam is meant for Spears and her two sons, or her parents. The evaluation order came down after a Friday court hearing closed to media and the public in which Spears and her parents, Lynne and Jamie, discussed elements of the conservatorship. The pop star has been under this arrangement since 2008 in the wake of mental health issues, and has more recently stayed in a facility due to alleged further struggles. It's unclear, although Spears did spark concern by being spotted leaving Friday's hearing barefoot.