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Britney Spears at a 2017 event in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Scott Dudelson via Getty Images

A judge has officially removed Britney Spears' father from his 13-year-long role as conservator of her estate, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: Spears has alleged that her father abused her repeatedly and dictated extreme restrictions on her body, finances, career and life. The legal battle spurred the #FreeBritney movement and resulted in greater scrutiny of conservatorships across the U.S.

Details: After a hearing on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny granted Spears' request to remove her father and appointed John Zabel, a public accountant nominated by the singer, to temporarily oversee her finances, per BuzzFeed News.

  • Ending the arrangement "is in the best interest of the conservatee," said Penny, who called it "a toxic environment," according to Rolling Stone.

What's next: Penny is set to consider whether to pull the plug on the conservatorship. Spears' father petitioned the court to end the court-mandated arrangement in September.

  • Though Spears' attorney Matthew Rosengart called the move a "massive" legal victory, "it appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath," Rosengart said in a statement to CBS News.
  • Rosengart is hoping the next hearing on the issue will result in access to private documents about the conservatorship that could paint a full picture of how Spears' father treated her, HuffPost reports.

Worth noting: Rosengart has also accused Spears' father of attempting to "extort" $2 million in exchange for stepping down from her conservatorship, according to Variety.

  • Spears raised concerns about her father as early as 2014.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include details of the next steps in Spears' case and further context.

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Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walks in front of his players. Photo: David Madison/Getty Images

In the span of two days, the head coaches of two of the biggest college football programs in America have jumped ship, wooed by even greater challenges — and the almighty dollar.

Driving the news: Lincoln Riley is ditching Oklahoma for USC in a deal reportedly worth $110 million. LSU poached Brian Kelly from Notre Dame with a reported 10-year, $100 million contract.

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Digital media companies considering going public are watching BuzzFeed's expected stock market debut next week to see how investors will respond.

Why it matters: A slowdown in SPACs (special purpose acquisition companies) earlier this year pushed some digital media companies that were considering going public via SPAC IPOs away from the idea, such as Vice.

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