Britney Spears' longtime manager resigns amidst conservatorship controversy

Larry Rudolph, the former entertainment lawyer who began helping Britney Spears navigate her career in 1995 as her manager, has resigned as controversy swirls over her restrictive conservatorship.

In a letter, Rudolph wrote: "It has been over 2½ years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus. Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire."

The news comes days after the Bessemer Trust resigned as co-conservator of the superstar's $60 million estate, claiming to have been under the impression that the conservatorship was voluntary until hearing Spears' explosive June 23 court testimony.

You can read the full letter at the source.